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Thomas Milton Hawkins

Thomas Milton Hawkins
Thomas Milton
“Lucky” Hawkins, passed away February 28, 2010 in Santa Barbara CA where he had resided for many years. The
Santa Barbara News Press once called him “the electric cowboy”. He was a
tinkerer up until the end, a volunteer whom might be rolling bandages for
Haitian refuges, and a fountain of information worthy of the curator of an
historical museum. He was born inKnox
County, Missouri, son of
Tom &.Dean Hawkins. After high school he joined the Marine Corps and spent
WWII in the Pacific Theater.
He later married,
his wife, Loni, and “ Loni & Lucky”became an item for the next 62 years
until his death at age 86. Milt helped define modern Santa Barbara, designing
lighting systems for public venues and landmarks, crawling around basements and
attics of Montecito Mansions. After his retirement as a career union
electrician, he became involved with restoring and maintaining the Robert Morton Theater organ in the Arlington
He loved to work on
the organ as well as listen to organ music. Milt loved to return to his hometown
of Edina for the Corn fest each year and
considered Edina to be the “sister city”
of Santa
Milt is survived by
his wife, Loni Hawkins, Son, Tom Hawkins of Santa
Barbara, Daughter, Holly Blue Hawkins of Monterey Bay CA, Brothers,
Delbert Hawkins of Edina & Bill Hawkins of Sedalia Mo. along with
nieces and nephews in Missouri.