Leonard Alan Hawley, 83, longtime resident of Trinidad CO, and presently of Thornton CO, died May 22, 2018 at home after a long illness. He was preceded in death by Marjorie Hawley, his loving wife of nearly 50 years, and his grandson Jeremy Hawley. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann Marie Davis, Thornton, CO, daughter Marcia (Lance) Bakemeyer, Elizabeth CO, son Dan (Debbie) Hawley, King George, VA, son Steve (Gina) Hawley, Fort Collins CO, son David (Phoebe) Hawley, Loveland CO, brother Bill (Karen) Hawley, Dodge City KS, brother Roy (Suzy) Hawley, Lawrence KS, sister Bonny Hawley (Don Kersey), Naples FL, and sister Lenore Hawley (Joe Barfoot), Littleton CO; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, several brothers- and sisters-in law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Born September 2, 1934 in Chicago IL, Leonard moved to Dodge City KS when he was in third grade. He graduated from Dodge City High School in 1953, and then earned his AA degree in 1955 from Dodge City Community College. While there, he met Marjorie whom he married in 1956. He then completed his BS degree from Kansas State Teacher’s College (Now Pittsburg State University) in Pittsburg KS in 1957. He and Marjorie moved to Trinidad CO in 1958, where they raised their four children and dedicated their lives and careers to the betterment of others through education – Marjorie in Trinidad public schools and Leonard at Trinidad State Junior College.
His career at TSJC spanned more than 40 years, beginning as Industrial Arts Instructor, progressing to Dean of Occupational Education, and eventually returning to the classroom where he taught AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drafting) until his retirement in 1999. Meanwhile he continued his own education, earning his Master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado in 1961 and completing coursework for his PhD at Colorado State University. Leonard was an avid photographer. Combined with his love for nature, he captured many scenic photographs from the Trinidad area, and sold them framed by his trademark picture frames, which he handcrafted from reclaimed barn wood. Some years after the passing of Marjorie, he married his second wife Jo Ann. Her loving care and devotion, along with that of her family, has helped sustain him through his long battle with cancer. Funeral will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Mullinville United Methodist Church, 220 Locust St. Mullinville KS. Interment with Masonic rites will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mullinville. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 am Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Mullinville. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday May 28, 2018 at the Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr Street, Arvada, CO.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Leonard’s memory to the TSJC Educational Foundation, 600 Prospect Street Trinidad, CO 81082, or to the worthy charity of their choice. Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg, KS handling Kansas services.