John R. Hayes

John R. Hayes was born Aug. 2, 1937 in American Falls, ID, to Wallace and Anita (Bade) Hayes. He passed at Pocatello, ID, on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 of natural causes after an exciting game of Bingo at the Shriner’s picnic, and watching the morning slack at the American Falls rodeo.

John was born and raised in Rockland on a cattle and dry land wheat farm. He graduated from Rockland High School where he was active in FFA and athletics. While in high school he was a standout athlete and a member of the speech club. After graduation from high school he attended Utah State University and was also active in the Idaho Cowboys and PRCA rodeo associations as a bulldogger.

In 1961 he married Kathleen Goicoechea of Gooding. They built their life south of Rockland on the family farm where they raised many crops, but their best was their three daughters: Tani, Tami and Heather. John was active with the farming; raising and showing Hereford cattle; bull sales; racing Quarter horses; activities with the girls – 4-H, high school rodeo and basketball; and in the fall when the harvest was done it was hunting season.

Over the years, John was very active in several organizations: the Masonic Lodge; the Shriners; the Order of the Eastern Star; DeMolay; Idaho Hereford Breeder’s Association; American Hereford Association; National Cattleman’s Association; the Power County Fat Stock Sale and 4-H advisory board; Power County Grain Growers; Idaho Purebred Breeders; Idaho Cattleman’s Association; and served as an advisor to the Idaho 4th District and State High School Rodeo Associations.

John and Kathleen later divorced and John retired to Pocatello where he sold real estate and spent the last 23 years with his longtime significant other Karen Skinner. John and Karen spent their time enjoying each other, traveling, meeting new people, and visiting family and friends. They even lived a few years down in the Louisiana bayou. John and Karen both enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards, collecting, and spent most of their later years following their grandchildren’s many activities. John got the greatest enjoyment from his grandkids, and he was always there to tell them a story and give them advice.

He is survived by his children – Tami (Zach) Parris of Pocatello, and Heather (Travis) Williams of Gooding; grandchildren Brandee (Tyler) Sabala, RJ Thompson, Zachary Parris Jr., Samantha Parris, Wyatt Williams, Wacey Williams; his great-grandchildren Isabella Tani and Augustin Hayes Sabala; and his ex-wife Kathleen Goicoechea. His significant other Karen Skinner and her children Ed Waldal and grandchildren Kendra Adams, Kayla Adams, and Zachary Waldal. His siblings Mary (Jay) Leyshon, and Kathy Barkdull, both of American Falls, and Robert (Gaylynn) Hayes of Lewiston; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Tani Hayes, Brigette Adams (Karen’s daughter), his sister Marie Hayes Reinstra, his parents Wallace and Anita Hayes, grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. Services were under the direction of Davis-Rose Funeral Chapel American Falls. Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake or Idaho Friends of 4-H.

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