Dennis L. Hayes 1939-2006


Longtime Hayden resident Dennis L. "Dinny" Hayes died March 7, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs, where he had resided the past three years. He was 67.

Dinny was born May 1, 1939, in Hayden to William Clayborn and Lily Dora (Doyle) Hayes. He was raised and attended school in Hayden.

After high school, Dinny entered the Navy and served for four years.

Dinny married Gretchen Springer on Feb. 22, 1964, in Hayden.

They lived in Seattle for five years, where Dinny worked for Boeing and attended aircraft mechanic school. He worked on the flight line for the company.

Their two children, Lori and Shawn, were born in Seattle.

They returned to Colorado and lived in places including Oak Creek, Trout Creek, Middle Creek and Hayden.

He worked as a roustabout for Texaco and as a heavy equipment operator at the Edna Coal Mine near Oak Creek. He retired after 26 years.

Dinny was a member of the Eastern Star, the Oak Creek Masonic Lodge, United Mine Worker's of America and the Hayden Congregational Church. He was baptized seven years ago in the Yampa River near Hayden.

Dinny enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. He was very fond of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Sylvia, Marguerite and Colleen; brothers Howard, Warren and Calvin; and infant brothers James and Myron.

He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Hayes of Hayden; daughters Lori and her husband Pie Lombardi of Oak Creek, and Karla Campbell of Oakland, Calif.; son Shawn and his wife Stacy Hayes of Oak Creek; grandchildren Toni, Tatum and Pie Lombardi and Warren and Hannah Hayes; sister Kathleen Frazier; brothers Bill and his wife Bessie Hayes of Craig, Larry and his wife Marilyn Hayes of Mesa, Jay and his wife Dottie Hayes of Hayden; Mickey and his wife Wilma Hayes of Hayden, and John and his wife, Judy Hayes of Wheatland, Wyo.; and mother-in-law Dorothy Carmen Springer of Hayden.

Funeral services were held March 12, 2006, at the Hayden Congregational Church with Mervin Johnson officiating.

Interment followed in the Hayden Cemetery.


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