Published: Saturday, May 1 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

Carl also spent many hours in public service. He was a commissioner and vice chair of Utah's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and chair of the Attorney General's Utah Administrative Law Advisory Committee, which drafted a comprehensive Administrative Procedure Act in 1987. At the national level, he was a charter member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Multi-State Essay Examination Drafting Committee. He also served on the Association of American Law Schools' Accreditation Committee. Carl was appointed by President Carter to the Judge Nominating Commission of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. While at Michigan and BYU, he published widely in professional journals. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and in 1999 wrote The Founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Carl held many positions in the LDS Church, including bishop of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Ward, counselor to President George Romney of the Detroit Michigan Stake, and president of the Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, stakes. He served in leadership positions in BYU student stakes and was a member of the Church's evaluation correlation committee for more than eight years. His favorite calling was instructor of the high priests' group. In recent years, Carl served as a stake coordinator for the name extraction program and submitted thousands of names through the volunteer Family Search Indexing Program.

After he retired, Carl and Nelma enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren, as well as on cruises and other pleasure trips. Throughout his adult life, Carl enjoyed going with his sons on fishing trips to Canadian locations accessible only by float plane. He read widely and especially enjoyed history books, as well as following BYU football and basketball.

Carl has been described by family and friends as wise, compassionate, and a resource to those in need of help, regardless of the reason. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelma, and a grandson, Seth Nelsen.

He is survived by his brothers, Keith Hawkins and Richard Hawkins; a sister, Barbara Allred; his children, T. Brent (Susan) Hawkins. Carla (Brent) Larsen, Alan (Lisa) Hawkins, Jody (Robert) Nelsen, and Cliff (Lisa) Hawkins; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. in the 7th Ward Chapel, Orem Sunset Heights Stake, 1260 South 400 West, with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. before the services. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 2nd, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's name to the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.