Kenneth G. (Ken) Hawari

Kenneth G. (Ken) Hawari

Age 62, left his material body to rest peacefully in God’s Love on August 22, in Houston, Texas, after a sudden yet lengthy illness. A service is postponed due to Covid 19 precautions but will be announced at a later date. His survivors include, his wife of 41 years, Beverly Preston Hawari, his son Kyle Preston Hawari (Kaela Gillum Hawari) of Taos, New Mexico, and his daughter, Shannon Grace Hawari (Brad Respondek) of Austin, Texas.  Other survivors are his mother Kay Hawari and Leila Hawari Ellis (Cory Ellis) of Cisco, Texas; Tim Cheshire (Rhonda Cheshire) of Gainesville, Georgia; Brad Hawari (Kris Hawari) of West Carrollton, Ohio; Andy Hawari (Debra Hawari) of Mineola, Texas; Osama Hawari of Lewisville, Texas; and Omar Hawari of Cisco.  He is also survived by his uncle Fred Howell (Janet Howell) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, his brother-in-law, Kenneth Preston (Kathy Preston) of Cisco, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Preston of Cisco, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was born Kenneth G. Howell, Jr., to Kay and Kenneth G. (Diz) Howell, of Cisco, Texas, and was later adopted by his stepfather, Tarek Hawari.  He grew up in Cisco and graduated Salutatorian of Cisco High School for the Class of 1977.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors and from the University of Texas School of Law, also with honors.  He married, Beverly Preston, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, in 1980 in Cisco.  After education in Austin, they settled in Dallas and Plano to work and raise their family.  He was active in his church, Northway Christian of Dallas, for many years, serving as deacon, elder and teacher. He served through mission trips to Honduras, The Walk to Emmaus retreats, and Kairos Prison Ministry for many years.  He worked 17 years for Hughes and Luce Law Firm, in Dallas, Texas, where he had become a partner.  He became in-house counsel for ANS Medical Device in Plano, Texas, and later served as board director for private companies.   After retiring full time to his beloved home in Taos, New Mexico, he and Bev enjoyed many travels around the world and the country, including trips to the Holy Lands, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Australia, Croatia, Mexico, Washington D.C., and many National Parks in his beloved Airstream Atlas RV.  He lived a full and blessed life. Ken had a bigger-than-life personality that is deeply missed by his family and friends.  He kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and his gift of gab was obvious.  He adored music and was a talented, self-taught guitar player and singer.  He was a founding member of his beloved band, Higher Ground.  He was a brilliant corporate lawyer with an intellectual mind, willing to help his friends with legal matters in times of trouble.  He loved golf but would mostly play alone, scolding himself loudly when he missed a drive. He loved dogs, especially his “Sweet Boy”, Brody. He was an expert snow skier, relishing time each year with his buddies on various slopes, including a heli-ski trip to Bugaboos, British Columbia. He also loved hosting his buddies at his home in Taos for ski adventures. He enjoyed playing bartender, smoking cigars in his hot tub, and stargazing. Some of his favorite things included watching his children play high school and college sports, and watching the Dallas Cowboys and UT Longhorn football.  He loved hiking, soaking in hot springs, reading great books, watching good movies in his media room, and taking care of his home in Taos. He cherished times when the family gathered together.  In recent times, he enjoyed recording his songs and sending them out to friends. Some of his proudest accomplishments were raising his children and seeing them become strong, smart leaders, and loving, hard-working people.  He was proud of his long career in law, and of his wife, whom he supported through seminary.   The things we loved most about Ken were the way he overcame many hardships in his early life to become a great dad, husband, and friend.  He was a champion for his wife, his son and his daughter. He had a huge heart beneath a tough exterior.  He was frugal to a fault, and yet amazingly generous.  He was not free from mistakes, but he would mostly own them and commit to do better.  He spoke the truth to people, even if they didn’t want to hear it.  He admired people who took time to really learn. He had a brilliant grasp of history, loved his country, and loved to argue for progressive thought and the importance of public education.  He had a strong love of God and a deep spirituality which he leaned on heavily in his final months.  Lastly and most importantly, no one fought harder through an illness than he did this year.  He was an absolute inspiration to his family and every medical professional who encountered him.  We pray Ken is performing his beautiful songs, arguing the finer points of politics, and skiing with angels in deep snow because that was heaven on earth to him. Memorials can be made to the Leon Maner Scholarship fund, founded to provide education for graduates of Cisco High School and Cisco College to attend the University of Texas at Austin.  Make checks payable to “Texas Exes”, and mail to Texas Exes, PO Box 142309, Austin, Texas 78713. In the memo line, indicate “in memory of Ken Hawari, Leon Maner Scholarship”.  All donations are tax deductible.

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