The Obit For Ronnie Hayes

Ronnie Roger Hayes

The Idaho Statesman, February 3, 2009

Ronnie (Ron) Roger Hayes, 70, passed away of natural causes on Monday Jan. 26, 2009 at his residence in Boise, Idaho.

He was born in Wichita, Kan. on March 8, 1938 to Russ and Ethyle Hayes. The family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1940 and then onto Mitchell, South Dakota.

He was baseball player in the position of pitcher and played throughout his youth into Legion and Semi-Pro baseball. Ron grew up in the Boise School District attending North Junior High and graduating from Boise High School in 1956. He attended Boise Junior College before transferring to Idaho State University.

He joined the USMC Reserves when he was 17 years old and served three years with the 44th Special Infantry USMCR while simultaneously attending ROTC classes at ISU where he graduated with a BA in Journalism and social sciences in 1962. He became the fifth generation in his family to become a teacher. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Marines in 1959.

He was hired as a teacher and coach with the Lewiston High School. He taught Journalism, English, History, and Photography from 1962 until 1985 atLHS. He was instrumental in creating one of the most successful high school journalism programs in the nation during his tenure at LHS. He was awarded Journalism Teacher of The Year in 1969 and again in 1973. He received multiple awards from the Wall Street Journal dating back to the mid 1960s for outstanding teaching and leadership in high school journalism.

He wrote and published a book in 1981 about the first Idaho Territorial Newspaper and the Idaho Ghost Rush in that occurred in the 1800's. Ron received a master's in journalism from the University of Montana in 1982.

He taught multiple journalism workshops at the University of Idaho.

He worked for Butch Alford at the Lewiston Morning Tribune as a regional editor and reporter from 1966 to 1974. He was a reporter and photographer for the Spokane Daily Chronicle and a UP correspondent from 1974 to 1983 in the Lewiston area.He was a Reserve Sheriff's Deputy for 13 years.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday Feb.5, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Summers Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Dry Creek Cemetery.