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John Hayes III

John “Jack” Joseph Hayes III died March 6 as a result of injuries he received in an accident in his truck. He was 85.

Memorial services will be held at noon, Saturday, March 22, at the Chicago Park Fire Department. A reception will follow.

Mr. Hayes III was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Los Angeles. He graduated from Hollywood High School in 1940. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II in the Solomon Islands aboard LST 488 and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. He was awarded a Silver Star for heroism in combat. He married Nancy Duffy in 1942 before shipping out to the Pacific.



Mr. Hayes III had a notable career in the manufacturing and electronics industries. He worked for Lockheed in Burbank before joining Vendo Corporation. Known for his expertise in sheet metal and manufacturing engineering, he was recruited by IBM in 1964 and by Memorex Corporation for a start-up venue in 1969. He relocated to Chicago Park in 1981. He was named president of Hedco in Grass Valley and retired in 1990.

Mr. Hayes III was an avid volunteer and was cubmaster of his sons’ Cub Scout Pack, Sunday School administrator at St. James Episcopal Church, and was elected by his community to the board of the Chicago Park Fire Department, where he served for 15 years. He led Bingo nights at the Grass Valley Elks Club Lodge for many years and was honored as Elk of the Year in 1997. He was also the leader of the Wednesday volunteer team at Interfaith Food Ministry of Nevada County for many years. He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, hunting, camping, woodwork, gardening and having cats and dogs, especially Cindy and Hallowe’en. He loved puttering in the garage, following politics, playing games on his computer and taking trips to casinos. He will be missed by many.




Mr. Hayes III is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Pat, of Chicago Park; son, Alan, of San Jose; sisters June Huntington, of Glendale, and Patricia Palmer, of Valleyford, Wash.; brother, Foster Hull, of Maui, Hawaii, and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Interfaith Food Ministry in Grass Valley or the Chicago Park Fire Department.


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