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Archive for December 28th, 2019

Originally published in the Lake Sawyer Community Club newsletter, Winter 2019

By Bill Kombol

Jim Hawk at his Lake Sawyer home, March 25, 2017. Photo by Bill Kombol.

He’s lived on Lake Sawyer for nearly two-thirds of his life. That’s a long time for a 93-year-old who built his lake home in 1961. His name is Jim Hawk and he’s arguably done more to craft the Lake Sawyer we know today than any other person.

Jim Hawk was born in Seattle on April 27, 1926. His father, Ray Hawk, was of Dutch descent but left his Pennsylvania home at age 13. His mother, Mary Romano, was the daughter of Italian immigrants. His grandfather, Sam Romano, was blinded by a dynamite blast at age 18, returning to Italy where doctors restored his sight. Sam came back to Seattle and started a family-owned construction company, Romano Engineering, which developed the Riverton quarry and built highways, bridges, dams, and other projects. (more…)

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