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Grant Woodrow Hawk
February 15, 1941 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Grant Hawk, aged 82, passed away peacefully at his Idaho City residence on November 8, 2023. Born in Boise, Idaho, on February 15, 1941, to Woodrow Allen "Kelly" Stroud and Dortha Bunce, Grant's life was a remarkable journey of adventure, resilience, and creativity.
His early years were spent as a cowboy in Boise, where his connection with the outdoors and love for craftsmanship began. The 1960s saw Grant moving to California to make camper trailers, but he quickly became entangled in the revolutionary spirit of the era, leading to a brush with the law. This encounter prompted a pivotal decision in his life: to adopt a new identity and retreat to the Idaho mountains.
In his seclusion, living in a teepee, Grant's interest in gold prospecting blossomed. This pursuit marked his gradual reintegration into society and laid the groundwork for his future endeavors. It was during this period of reflection and growth that he discovered his true calling in knife making.
Alongside his son, Gavin, Grant embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of craftsmanship. Together, they forged a path in knife making, combining adventurous spirit with his innate skill and creativity. Their collaboration led to the creation of unique and innovative designs, earning acclaim in the knife-making community.
His final accomplishment was completing his autobiography, which he delivered to the printer just two days before his passing. On the night of his death, he was in good spirits and feeling well, but unexpectedly fell ill and passed away gracefully within fifteen minutes.
Grant Hawk's life was a tapestry of diverse experiences, from cowboy to gold prospector, and finally to a revered knife maker. His legacy lives on through his son Gavin and their shared creations, which continue to inspire and captivate knife enthusiasts around the world.
His story is a testament to the power of resilience, adaptation, and the pursuit of passion. His memory will be cherished by his family, friends, and all who knew him as a man who carved his path, much like the knives he so skillfully crafted.
Services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 4:00 PM with a viewing held directly before the service at the Idaho City Community Hall. Burial will take place at The Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery. Following the service at the Community Hall there will be a potluck meal for his family and friends. Arrangements are under the care of the Potter Funeral Chapel (208)365-4491.