Obituary: Don Hay |

Obituary: Don Hay

Don passed away peacefully Friday night April 3 with his wife and faithful dog Spider by his side and family from MI. Through sheer will and determination, with the help and prayers of family and friends and the many wonderful people at the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, he survived 4 and a half years with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Don was born in Oakland, CA in 1945 where he grew up and began cultivating his life long, eclectic group of friends and his love of golf and music and countless other interests. He attended Freemont High and was a member of the Vikings fraternity. After high school he was a lifetime member of Alpha Falpha; he made it to their most recent reunion last October.

He spent a summer backpacking in Europe and graduated from Chico State University with a BA in Political Science and an intense interest in history. He hiked the John Muir Trail and was at the Lake of the Lone Indian when he was drafted during the Vietnam War. Don took a stand against the draft and consequently was sentenced to 2 years in Federal Prison. He served 14 month, 5 days for his convictions, in Safford, AZ and Lompoc, CA.

In the ‘70s Don moved to Tahoe and worked at Homewood Ski Area as Mountain Personnel Supervisor for 13 years. Other jobs include CA firefighter, Homewood Marina, Stockbroker and Golf Pro. In 1981 he married Anne. Each year they join their large family in Michigan for a reunion on Elk Lake. They have been married for 33 years.

He was the Pro at Tahoe City Golf Course for 17 years. He started the Ladies group lessons, was involved in the junior golf program and started a caddy program. He helped put on many tournaments including his own tournament, the infamous Annual Sky High. He went on to work at Red Hawk Golf in Sparks for 5 years.

In retirement, he became a great chef, he is an avid reader and of course, played as much golf as possible.

Don had a gift; he could strike up a conversation with anyone, from any walk of life, any age. He made friends with all different kinds of people. He loved a good conversation. He loved golf. He loved Annie and Spider. He will be missed and remembered by many.

In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, Don asks you to help a friend in need or a stranger if you don’t have any needy friends.

A memorial is being planned for late May or early June.

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