Thursday, July 29, 2010

David Roth Hayes

David Roth Hayes was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, 27 July 1931, to Earl Chester Hayes Sr. and Katherine Elizabeth (Roth) Hayes. He was the second of four sons -- Earl Hayes Jr. (Betty), John Hayes (Sharon) and Phillip Hayes (Carol). He graduated from Portsmouth High School, class of 1949. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict. He worked for nearly 40 years in Columbus, Ohio at Battelle Memorial Institute as a draftsman.

He married Gloria Lonell Kidwell and they had six children: Julia, Jeffrey (Janice), Andrew, Christopher, Darren (Julie) and Denise. He has seven grandchildren. He later married Valerie and they moved to Meadview, AZ.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) since 14 August 1965. A High Priest, he served in a myriad of Church callings, loving the challenge and opportunity each gave him to serve.

He loved American history and our national landscape (having driven cross-country multiple times), baseball (especially the Cincinnati Reds), Ohio State athletics (especially football and basketball), the night stars, studying the scriptures (especially the words of the living prophets), attending the LDS temple (he was an ordinance worker and visited most of the temples in the USA and Canada), politics, the LDS Wards and Branches he has lived in (from the Columbus 1st Ward to the Dolan Springs Branch), and his family.

He loved life, fighting to the end, never fearful of death. He was looking forward to embracing his parents, his daughter, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, his Savior and his Heavenly Father.

He died 27 July 2010 in Kingman, AZ of complications associated with heart disease and cancer. He will be buried in Chloride, AZ. He was 79.

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