Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner, Nov 15, 1997
JOHN WOODS HAY JR.
Funeral services for John Woods Hay Jr. were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, 2nd and B streets, Rock Springs. The Rev. Russell Johnson officiated. Interment was in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John W. Hay III, Leonard Hay, Lenny Hay, Keith Hay, John E. Hay and Joseph Hay.
Hay, 92, of 502 B St., Rock Springs, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997 at his home in Rock springs. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Hay had been in ill health for the past year.
He was born on April 23, 1905 in Rock Springs, the son of the late John Woods and Mary Ann Blair Hay Sr. Hay attended school sin Rock Springs and was a graduate of Rock Springs High School with the class of 1923. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1927 and studied law at the University of Michigan Law School for two years. Mr. Hay returned to Wyoming to manage Blair and Hay Land and Livestock Company for a number of years.
He married the former Frances Smith in Denver in December of 1948.
While active at the ranch, Hay started his banking career at Rock Springs National Bank. He was made president and chairman of the board in 1947, and he served in this capacity until his retirement in 1995. He was also the president of the Rock Springs Grazing Association and was on the Taylor Grazing Advisory Board. He was a former trustee and vice president of the William H. and Carrie Gottsche Foundation. Hay was also a former director of the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank and later a director of the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. He also served on the Board of Directors of Questar and the Denver U.S. National Bank.
He was a promoter of economic growth in Wyoming and was active in the Wyoming Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association. Hay served on the Sweetwater County School Board and was a member of the Western Wyoming Community College Board. He helped found the Western Wyoming Community College Foundation, serving as its president for 25 years. The college library was recently named for him.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Jesters and Rotary Club.
His pursuits included golfing, fishing, hunting and watching college football.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Smith Hay of Rock Springs; three sons, John W. Hay III, Keith N. Hay and wife, Lynn, and Joseph G. Hay, all of Rock Springs; one brother, Leonard W. Hay of Rock Springs; two sisters, Mary Hay Hegewald of Sacramento, Calif., and Hannah Hay Force of Piedmont, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Amy Hay, Leonard Hay, Emily Bunning, Lucy Bunning, John E. Hay, Matthew M. Hay and Keith Garrett Hay; one great-granddaughter, Shelby Barrett and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Hay was preceded in death by one daughter, Helen M. “Toastie” Bunning; one brother, Archibald L. Hay; and three sisters, Beulah Radford, Lucy Johnson and Jane Hay.
Frances S. Smith Hay
1914–2015 (m. 1948)
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