Paul Richard Hayes , of Bayou Vista, TX passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Clear Lake, TX of brain cancer, at the age of 52. Paul was born in Fort Worth, TX on Feb. 11, 1961 and showed ambition at an early age. He landed his first job at the age of 12 and bought his first car at age 15. Paul took the Master Plumber test at age 18, becoming the youngest Master Plumber in Texas. His plumbing career lasted until 1992 when he accepted a position at Fluor in Houston as Senior Director of operations. In his 21 year career with Fluor, he traveled extensively and made friends worldwide. Paul held a B.A.Sc. Degree in Business from the University of Minnesota. He completed the Executive Construction Management Program at Texas A&M University Center for Executive Development. Paul enjoyed fishing, wine collecting, hunting and restoring his classic cars. He was an instrument-rated pilot. During his illness, Paul wrote a pamphlet entitled "Cancer: A Much Needed Attitude and Mindset Changer". He spoke to cancer support groups, bringing his inspiring message of optimism and strength. Paul is survived by his wife of 26 years, Laura, and his children Ryan, Spencer and Sydney of Houston; his mother, Patricia Hayes and his brother and sister in-law, John and Cheri Hayes, of Fort Worth; his brother and sister in-law, Mike and Teresa Hayes, of San Antonio; and his sister, Susan Hayes, of Tarzana, CA. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces, his co-worker and close friend, Susan Reece, his special friend, James R. Smith and his Doberman rescue dog, Riley. Paul was predeceased by his father, David Phillip Hayes, and his beloved dog Cooper Hayes. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm, Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Webster, on Mon., Jan. 27, preceded by visitation at 2 pm. A reception will follow at 1013 Redfish, Hitchcock, TX from 5-8 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (drmarnierose.org), supporting brain cancer research.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2014