Kirk D. Hayes died Dec. 22, 2005, at Enterprise, Oregon. He was 88.
Mr. Hayes was born June 5, 1917 to Homer and Grace Hayes in his grandfather's house. Kirk spent his early years at Christmas Creek in the Snake River canyon, where he was home-schooled by his mother. He moved to Joseph about 1924 to attend school and graduated in 1935 from Joseph High School as valedictorian.
Following high school, he attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash. He married Mary Louise Hall on Nov. 17, 1939 in Lewiston, Idaho. They lived in the house where he was born for 66 years. Mr. Hayes was a rancher-farmer and was also employed by Boise Cascade and other companies. He was a member of Masonic Lodge no. 81, AF&AM, Elks Lodge, Wallowa County Search and Rescue Team, and a charter member of the Eagle Cap Ski Club. In 1998, Mr. Hayes and his wife were honored as Chief Joseph Days' grand marshals.
Mr. Hayes was a dedicated outdoor sportsman and spent much time skiing, ice skating, hunting, fishing and going on mountain hiking trips.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, many nieces and nephews, cousins, including Louise Chase, as well as a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Max Hayes. Memorials may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital, St. Katherine's Catholic Church or the charity of one's choice in care of Bollman's Funeral Home. At his request, no services will be held.