On the evening of Saturday, 7 December, 2019 in Layton, Utah, Robert "Bob" Frank Hays returned to his beloved "brown eyes," family, friends, and Heavenly Father. He was born on February 15, 1928 in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California to Frank D and June L Hays. He married Mary June McCarver on 28 August, 1951 in the Salt Lake City Temple. She preceded him in death on 23 September, 2013. From that point on, he yearned to be reunited with her, and his family rejoices that they are now together again.
One cannot truly understand Bob without including Mary. The love they showed each other and the dedication they demonstrated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints was a shining example to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as their neighbors and communities. Bob was a teacher by trade and by nature. He taught elementary school in Los Angeles and Fall River Mills, California as well as early morning seminary. He also taught his family the importance of developing faith in our savior Jesus Christ through both word and deed. An avid genealogist, he completed research and temple work for thousands of deceased relatives and many others.
Bob served his nation at the end of World War II and retired from the Navy as an aviation electronics technician mate 3rd class. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, where he was a radio mechanic. After his military service, he served a two-year mission in the Western States. He served in several areas in a very large mission, starting in Iowa and moving to Colorado as well as New Mexico. He served as a Branch President while on his mission and in many other capacities. After his mission and marriage, he served in many callings in the church as well. His Grandchildren remember him for his compassion, but also his passion for everything BYU. His love for knowledge, mixed with his passion for BYU Football, his distinctive laugh and carrying voice made for some very loud Saturday afternoons.
Bob is survived by his three children: Jeff (Jackie) Hays of Darby, Montana; Donna (Russell) Evans of Rancho Cordova, California; and Brooke (Gary) Hoffman of Kaysville, Utah; 15 grandchildren and 24 and % great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane, three children: Debra Jean (John) Davison, Mark Stephen (Janet) Hays, and Scott Andrew, and one grandson, Matthew Lee Evans.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 14 December 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Canyon View 1st Ward LDS Chapel located at 575 E 800 N, Orem, Utah. A family prayer will be held prior to the funeral, and the burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery with military rites. The family would like to thank the Fairfield Village memory care center and Dignity Hospice for all of the love and care they showed Bob in the last stages of his life. Flowers may be sent to Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family on this page.