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Marshall Eugene "Gene" Hayes

Marshall Eugene "Gene” Hayes, 67, passed away Monday, May 1, 2006, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center due to a stroke.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2006, at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Houston with the Rev. Kevin Shumway officiating. Following the service will be a celebration of life at Sully's Sourdough Inn.

He was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Orange County, Calif., to J. Paul Hayes and Martha Willis Hayes, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Selma Union High School.

He moved to Alaska in 1981 to the City of Wasilla. He was employed by Carlile Transportation Systems from May of 1998 until May of 2006. He also worked for Anchorage Cold Storage from 1981 until 1994, and was the owner of "My Shop” in Wasilla.

He was member of Hilltop Assembly of God Church. He was a racecar driver, and loved halibut fishing and long-haul trucking.

The family said, "Gene will be remembered as a man with a loving heart, strong work ethic and great sense of humor. He devoted his life to raising his three children to become hard workers. From an early age, Gene loved to drive and always wanted to drive trucks. He was proud of his long trucker status. He began racing stock cars in the 1980s, and also was a member of the Valley Bandits. We will miss his love for life, great stories and jokes, and miles on the road. He was a wonderful father and friend. Gene you take the checkered flag. Last lap May 1, 2006.”

Gene is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Richard Wolfe of Camas Valley, Calif.; sons, Frank Hayes of Soldotna and Hank Hayes of Kalispell, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Annette McConnell of Kalispell; grandsons, Kameron Wolfe of Camas Valley, Ore., Dennis Wolfe of Camas Valley, Chase Elliott of Kalispell, and Luke Elliott of Camas Valley; and granddaughters, Abby Miller and Kate Miller, both of Kalispell.

The family suggests memorial donations to the St. Jude Research Foundation, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.

Source: Frontiersman, 5 May 2006



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