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Eldon Hayes

Eldon Hayes, passed at the age of 83 on Aug. 23. Eldon was born on Dec. 16, 1930 in North Bend.

Eldon and his father Adolphus Hayes were well known farmers in Central Oregon who grew and shipped the first strawberries via plane to Hawaii in 1943. Eldon was 13 years of age at this time. Eldon Continued to work and receive his education at Lone Pine Grade School and Crook County High School.

After marrying “The love of his life”, in 1949, Bonnie Lou Davis, the two continued to farm in Central Oregon.

In 1952 Eldon worked for Hudspeth Land & Livestock as a ranch foreman in farm management. In 1959 Eldon purchased Hayes Texaco in Prineville and owned and operated it until 1967, when he went to work for Boston Cattle Company, which was the largest land holding company at that time. Boston utilized Eldon’s keen skills in farming and ranching consisting of the restructuring the Allen Creek reservoir and developing Big Summit Prairie. In 1982 Eldon worked for Brooks Resources and ended his working career with Interior Elevators, Madras in 1985.

Eldon’s greatest passion was spending time hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his family. Eldon is still listed in the Boone and Crocket record book for an outstanding Antelope score.

Other achievements Eldon pursued were Chairman of the Democratic Committee in Central Oregon in 1960, President of the 4H Leader’s Association as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Vocational Agriculture Department in Crook County.

Eldon is survived by his wife of 65 years Bonnie Hayes; son, Dennis Hayes; daughter In law, Angie Hayes; daughter, Sharon Apperson; son In law, Bill Apperson; as well as four grandchildren, Kevin, Cory, Lyndsay, and Ali; eight great grand Children, Allexa, Brandon, Chase, Baylee, Dylan, Logyn, Peyton, and Hudson.

Additional survivors are brother, Jerry Hayes; sisters, Kate Howe, Jean Endicott, Marlene Evans, Nancy Reynolds, and Susan Chapman; and many brother and sister in laws.

Eldon will be greatly missed by his family and who are grateful for the values and love he shared.

Graveside services will be held at Juniper Haven Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Whispering Pine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.