Roger Gerald Hayes of Bountiful, Utah, passed away on July 24, 2023, at the age of 90. Roger was born on May 30, 2023, to John Monroe and Mabel Burreson Hayes in Missoula, Montana. Roger was the great-grandson to Edward Hayes, a pioneer who arrived in Montana in 1865 and built the first cabin in the Missoula valley.
Roger married Janet A. Johnson in 1953. To this marriage, Deborah (now of Missoula) and Charles Edward (now of Helena, Montana) were born.
Following graduation from the University of Montana with a business degree, Roger served as a pilot in the United States Air Force (Special Weapons Command) from 1955 through 1959. Following his service, Roger and his family moved to Great Falls, Montana, where Roger was employed as an enroute air traffic controller. Roger was subsequently transferred to the Salt Lake control center, where he retired in 1985.
After the dissolution of his first marriage, Roger returned to the workforce as an air traffic control instructor. Roger married Janet B. Andelin, who had six children. Roger and Jan enjoyed traveling and spending time on the Double Arrow near Seeley Lake, Montana, where Roger built a cabin. Roger retired a second time at the age of 80.
Roger was the quintessential Montana outdoorsman, elk hunting near Placid Lake and fly-fishing the Clearwater and Missouri Rivers. Roger and family enjoyed backpacking in Glacier National Park and almost every Montana wilderness area. Photographs taken by Roger of wildflowers are beyond compare.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard Marvin Hayes, his second wife, and Sally Andelin. Roger is survived by his children, his brother Charles W. Hayes (Marianne), nieces Sandra Hayes and Barbara Hayes, and Camille Jepperson, Patty Veznia, Dennis Andelin, Kim Womack and Chad Andelin.
Roger's family is deeply grateful for the loving attention shown to Roger by his Bountiful neighbors in his latter years. Roger's remains will be interred at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula. A memorial will be held at a later date.