Donald James Hayes


Oct. 10, 2018 — Donald James Hayes, born Feb. 21, 1940, passed away peacefully, at home, on Oct. 4, 2018.

Don was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to James and Lena Hayes. His father was a fireman for the Union Pacific railroad, and as a result Don attended over 20 grammar schools in California, Oregon and Washington.

He attended high school in San Francisco before entering the Navy in 1959. He served on active duty until 1963 and then in the Naval Reserve until 1965.

Following his naval duty, and continuing education in the field of engineering and metrology, Don worked for General Dynamics in San Diego until 1986. Following a move to northern California, he was under contract to Lawrence Livermore Lab as a metrologist until 1990.

Don never lost his love of trains and served as a docent for the SF Railroad Museum for several years. Don fell in love with Joan Jensen in San Francisco, and after discovering the beautiful Oregon coast, the couple moved to Florence where they married in 2004.

Don loved developing his property in Florence and was able to enjoy apples, cherries, plums and pears as the results of his labors. Another passion of his was foraging for wild mushrooms, which he gathered each fall.

Over the years, Don was active in a number of groups in Florence including STEP, CERT, ARS and Band of Brothers. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church where he served as a Eucharist Minister. He also attended St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Gardiner.

Don is survived by his wife, Joan; sons Bruce and Bryan; granddaughter Emily; step-daughters: Julie Jensen (Joe Lynch), Nancy Devaurs (Patrick), Lisa Jensen and Lori Gabriel (Blake); 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St Andrew’s on Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 1 p.m. 

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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