Wall, William Hayden Hayden was born in Dallas, Texas on March 1, 1990 and passed away in Dallas, Texas on March 1, 2014 on his 24th birthday following a tragic accident. Hayden began his education at St. John's Episcopal School where the teachers, staff and incredible student body shaped him into the loving and caring person he became. The bond of friendships that formed in these early years lasted throughout his short lifetime but will endure through eternity. His high school years were spent at Jesuit College Preparatory School where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 and in the top 5% of his class. With his photographic memory and natural academic ability Hayden earned many awards including the Haggerty Math/Science Scholar, Presidential Honor Roll - all semesters, National Merit Scholar and the Chevron Exploration and Production Scholarship. The love of the outdoors drew Hayden to join the Boy Scouts where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout with a Gold Palm and was a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. Many hours and days were spent camping, hiking and canoeing. Lasting memories were made with his friends on wilderness treks at Philmont and Buffalo Trails Scout Ranches and Sea Base High Adventure Camp in Florida. Summiting Mount Elbert in Colorado with his church youth group was one of Hayden's proudest accomplishments. Mt. Elbert is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains in North America at 14,440 feet. Hayden was a member of the Skillman Church of Christ and his faith was always an important part of his life. His bond and experiences with his church youth group, leaders and family gave him a foundation of love and a desire to help and serve others. One of his fondest memories was his mission trip to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina where their youth team was sent to help clean up previously flooded homes. One homeowner had a lasting impact on Hayden that inspired his college entrance essay which was published in the March 2008 Jesuit Journal. This moment in Hayden's life inspired his never ending desire to help and assist others in need. The love of math and science led Hayden to choose a career in engineering. He was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. While in college he became a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he formed lifelong friendships with many of his brothers. A dedicated Longhorn through and through he spent many weekends at sporting events with his friends and family. The friendships and bonds he made with his brothers will never be forgotten. While Hayden was a senior in college his sister Mackenzie was accepted as a freshman at UT. Hayden became the "big brother" guardian to watch over his little sister and help her navigate the maze of UT life. After his college years Hayden was employed with Endeavor Energy Resources as a Production Engineer in Midland, TX. Hayden loved his work and co-workers and looked forward to expanding his career in oil and gas. Although the lack of trees in Midland was an initial shock, he made his home in Midland and began a new chapter in his life. Making new friends always came easily to Hayden. Hayden's lifelong hobbies included soccer, hunting, skeet shooting, sporting clays, hiking and camping. He loved his first pick-up truck and although battered and worn he refused to sell it. He collected model cars and his extensive collection is in the hundreds. His passion was music and he was an accomplished piano player and spent many hours on the piano and guitar. The many hours listening to Hayden play the piano at home can never be replaced. Hayden you touched the lives of so many people. You were deeply loved by everyone who knew you. Our precious Hayden, we will miss your smile and beautiful blue eyes forever. You lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger or turned away someone in need. Your tragic accident took you from us far too soon but we will cherish the 24 years we had with you until we see you again in heaven. Hayden was preceded in death by his grandmother, Martha Groulx, grandfather, Robert Groulx, grandfather, William Wade Wall and aunt, Phaba Wall. He is survived by his parents, Kathy and Grant Wall; his sister Mackenzie Wall; grandmother Macy Wall; aunt Zoë Groulx and uncle Rick Groulx. A memorial service will be held on March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am at Skillman Church of Christ at 3014 Skillman St., Dallas, Tx 75206. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in honor of Hayden to Jesuit College Preparatory School at 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 6, 2014