March 21, 2014
Edward Hanford Haynes died at home on March 11, 2014. The cause of his death was pulmonary disease.
He was born in 1925 to Hanford and Elizabeth Haynes. They lived in Burlingame, Calif., with vacations in Hood River, Ore., where he learned to sail with his grandfather on the Columbia River. When the family moved to Bellevue, Wash., he earned enough money from lawn mowing to buy his own sailboat and spent his teen years sailing on Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
After service in the Navy, he earned his BA and MA at Yale University and then began his banking career, starting at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. He married Custis Preston in 1953, and for the next 60 years they lived in California, except for several stints with Barclays Bank in the Virgin Islands and New York.
He wanted to explore everything and everywhere, and while his interests ranged from falconry to scuba to politics, his passions were history and travel. After Europe, he traveled as far as Kyrgyzstan and Borneo. Though he never reached Japan, he relished deep conversations with a series of Japanese home-stay guests.
In a break from banking, he opened The Naturalist, a store in Menlo Park that carried books, binoculars, art and cards, and he had a dedicated following of Peninsula conservationists.
Soon after his retirement to Grass Valley, he discovered the Gracie ditch trail and worked with Save Our Historic Canals to save it from dewatering. One of the founding members of Friends of Deer Creek (now morphed into Sierra Streams Institute), he organized an early creek cleanup day. He served on the board of NAMI Nevada County as its treasurer.
He is survived by his wife; children Edward Jr., Anna, Jonathan and Andrew; granddaughter, Susan; and nine nieces and nephews.
The family suggests donations to Doctors without Borders or to Hospice.