James Edward Hayes

Born: Tue., Sep. 10, 1935
Died: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 29, 2017
Location: Crandall Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Wed., Nov. 29, 2017
Location: Crandall Funeral Home

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James "Skip" Edward Hayes died on November 22, 2017 at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. He was 82 years old.

He was born September 10, 1935 in Evanston to Theodore "Ted" and Genevieve Hayes. Thanks to his beloved big brother Robert, he grew up hunting and fishing and loved the outdoors.

As a child Skip suffered from severe dyslexia, an unknown condition at the time. He was labeled "slow" and had to repeat both first and second grades. He grew up thinking he wasn't very intelligent and he struggled all through his school years. It wasn't until decades later--when his 11-year old son taught him to play chess and he started winning every match--that he realized he might not really be slow after all. He was, in fact, very bright.

Skip loved sports. He played football and basketball in high school and enjoyed shooting, archery and bowling, but in his 30s he found his true love: golf.

Yet golf wasn't his only obsession. Skip loved everything automobile. He owned many different cars and trucks during his lifetime, from a '64 Mustang to a 2012 Kia Soul (complete with "Skip's Muscle Car" bumper sticker). He also had a thing for one-armed bandits and, being the high roller that he was, enjoyed playing the penny and nickel slots in Wendover. He had an uncanny ability to usually break even or walk away with more money than he started with, which often amounted to thousands. Of pennies.

Skip had two sons: Todd, with former wife Peggy (Roberts), and Lance, with former wife JoAnn (Bruce). Being a big kid at heart himself, he loved to take his kids to the circus and Utah State Fair, and take day trips through the Uinta’s, past Mirror Lake ending with dinner at Spring Chicken Inn in Wanship. During Todd's early years you'd often find the two of them headed to see the latest Disney movie at the Strand. It was during one of these movie nights that he met JoAnn, who happened to be running the ticket booth. And when Lance came along, the two of them enjoyed four-wheeling together, WWF wrestling,  monster truck shows, and digging snow forts under Evanston's famous snow drifts.

He worked for 22 years at General Chemical near Green River, Wyoming. Shortly after retirement he became re-acquainted with an old girlfriend, Marilyn Dean, whom he'd dated more than 40 years prior. In 2004 they married and moved to Roy, Utah. Marilyn loved to travel, so they cruised their way to Alaska, Russia, Scandinavia, Panama Canal, and Hawaii.

He is survived by sons Todd and Lance, former wife JoAnn Hayes, grandson Dallas Denton, and cherished friends Si Hernandez and Althea Labrum. He was preceded in death by wife Marilyn, parents Ted and Gen, brother Robert Norton and sister-in-law Diana Martin.

Funeral service is at Crandall Funeral Home on Wednesday November 29 at 12 PM. Visitation will take place one hour prior from 11 AM. Interment will be at Evanston City Cemetery.

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Dell C. Atkinson
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
My heart is very sad to learn of the death of my friend and pal. Skip was always so much fun to be around, and we enjoyed many terrific times together. He will be missed, but he will be remembered! I wish I could be there for his funeral.

I would like to pass along my condolences to his family. May God bless you all and Skip in his new home!
Dell Atkinson

Amber Brown
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
It was very devastating to hear the news today that my father had passed away last week. I was heart broken that I did not have enough time to organize travel to attend the funeral service. I live in Florida and am unable to fly back to Wyoming on less then 24 hours notice. Even more upsetting was to see that I was not included in his obituary. I was his daughter and no one can change that. Through out my whole life my brother and I were always excluded due to my dads relationship with my mother. It is very upsetting to see in black and white that yet we are still not accepted as his children. Regardless of words not spoken between my father and I, he is still my dad and has been part of my life. I deserved the right to be spoken about in his obituary and attend his service to say good bye for the last time.

Ronny Davis Robinson
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Sad to hear of our classmate Skippys passing. He was always kind and friendly to all. Was nice to read about his life and family. Have wondered how did Skip come about his nickname? Never thought to ask when we were in school.
My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Barbara Roitz
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Travis and Amber,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I remember Skip taking his daily walks past our house when he lived in Fort Bridger. We would occasionally chat as he would come by.
Do not let the neglect of others diminish what you feel or felt for your dad. Again, I am so sorry.
PS... Trav, we love you!

Wendy Mayhan
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
My heart is broken tonight to see that my very dear friend Skip passed away and I did not know until this moment. I am so sad that I will not share time or lunches with my dear friend again. May God bless Skip's family. Skip helped me through some rough times in my life and always provided me with advice. I love and miss you Skip! Rest in peace my sweet dear friend!

   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

Marilyn Spittler
   Posted Thu December 14, 2017
So sad to hear of your loss. Sending love and prayers your way.

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