Monthly Archives: July 2013

The passing of Jim Hawkins

Jim was the person who sparked a love of the puppetry for many people in this region. We regret to inform you of his passing.

Photo of Jim Hawkins

Central Washington University Announcement:

Friends and former students will be saddened to learn of the passing of former CWU Theatre Arts professor A. James Hawkins. Jim fought a valiant fight with cancer over the past few years but will be best remembered for his love of all children’s theatre especially his work with puppets.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Yakima’s Holy Family Catholic Church (Tietin and 56th Ave) Tuesday July 30 at 11AM with internment at Ellensburg’s Holy Cross Cemetery at approximately 1:30PM. A small reception is planned following the internment at St. Andrew’s parish church, Ellensburg.

CWU will accept donations in his memory, and supporting his scholarship endowment, at

Hawkins retired from Central Washington University in 2001, having served as an award-winning professor, director, designer, master puppeteer and an advocate for children’s theatre for more than 31 years. Through his immeasurable talents, whimsical creativity, unparalleled wisdom, patience, compassion and kindness, Jim has touched literally thousands of lives over the years. He has awed the teachers, artists and puppeteers of tomorrow in the classroom, and brought the magic of live theatre countless children throughout the region.

“It would be greatly appreciated if you have the opportunity to invite your members to sign his online guestbook.  The family will receive a bound book of all the online guests. Guest Book for Arlin James Hawkins.

There is also a memorial site.