John (Bart) Hayes
John (Bart) Hayes passed away peacefully on August 11, 2008 in the presence
of his wife and children.
He was born December 30, 1929 to Dorothy and John Hayes of Hobart Mills, CA.
Bart attended high school in Alameda, CA where he met his future wife, Lyn
Close. He served in the US Navy between WWII and the Korean conflict. After
leaving the service he began many years of work in the trucking industry
working his way up from office boy to General Manager of Coast Counties
Truck & Equipment, a Peterbuilt Distributorship of Northern and Central, CA
where he retired in 1991.
In 1992, he and wife Lyn relocated to Alta Sierra where he began his second
career volunteering for the Empire Mine, first as a docent, and then as
vice-chair of the board. He then ran the work crew for the restoration of
the Julia Morgan House as a volunteer for the Land Trust and volunteered at
the Senior Center, teaching computer classes.
Prior to moving here, he was an avid sailor and all-around outdoor
adventurer. Upon moving to the area, Bart continued his love of the outdoors
by exploring the Sierras and the history of mining in the region. He was
known as a lively storyteller whether he was sharing an adventure or a great
laugh. Bart was loved by all who had the joy of meeting him as he had a
talent for engaging people in conversation and making them feel they were
the most important person in the world.
Bart is survived by his wife of sixty years, Lyn, his four children, Todd
(Quanah) of San Jose, CA, Nancy (Dan) Amadeo of Marina, CA, Bob (Jean) of
Plumas Lake, CA, and Jim of Hollister, CA, ten grandchildren and four
At his request, no services will be held. Memorial gifts should be sent to
the Alzheimer’s Association chapter of your choice.
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