1932 - March 23, 2009
Larry D. Hayes passed away March 23, 2009. He was 76.
Larry was born Oct. 11, 1932, the third son of 11 children to William and Lily Hayes in Hayden. He also had four older stepbrothers and sisters. Larry spent his childhood in Hayden. Larry served in the Korean War. He married Lillian Stoner on April 23, 1952. They had four daughters. He and Lillian raised their girls in the Grand Valley. Larry was a road construction foreman and participated in the building of Colorado's interstate system.
On October 23, 1982, he married Marilyn Hoppes. They lived in Grand Junction and Bullhead City, Ariz. In the fall of 1991, they moved back to Colorado and were happy to retire in Mesa. Larry loved living in Mesa and often said he was living on top of the world. He loved the community.
Larry's mission in life was to make those around him happy. He was very positive and enjoyed telling a good joke. He volunteered at the Mesa fire station.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn; daughters, Billie (Jim) Hutchison, Lily (John) Price, Willie (Robert) Hilgenfeld and Lola (Eddie) Roberson, all of Grand Junction; stepdaughter Lori (Raymond) Rumph, of Billings, Mont., and stepson Greg (Michelle) Hoppes; brothers Bill (Bessie), of Craig, Mickey (Wilma) and Jay (Dottie), of Hayden and John (Judy), of Wheatland, Wyo. Larry had 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, four sisters, six brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. March 27 at the Mesa Community Center in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Plateau Valley Fire District, P.O. Box 456, Collbran, CO 81624; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 294, Collbran, CO 81624.