Clarence "Pete" Kayes of Hydesville passed away on December 13, 2012 due to a rare kidney disease that he lived with and bravely fought for 8 years. He was born in Maryland on June 5, 1944. He graduated from Sparrows Point High School and continued on to receive a master's degree in family counseling from USF. He served in the United States Navy for 6 years aboard a nuclear submarine stationed in Hawaii; he was a scuba diver and underwater photographer. Pete married Nina Hand on May 20, 1965. Their journey together began in high school and throughout 50 years, they found great joy and purpose in each other's presence. Pete worked at Pacific Lumber Company on the pond and as a blacksmith. Later, he was proud to work at Redwood Memorial Hospital as Engineering/Maintenance Supervisor until he retired due to his illness. He was a member of the Arcata Zen Group for 30 years. He also participated in a weekly meditation group in Fortuna and helped facilitate an outreach program at the Humboldt County jail. Pete had volunteered with Big Brothers and with Hospice of Humboldt. He was a gifted photographer; among his favorite subjects was his beloved granddaughter. Pete was a skillful woodworker and enjoyed making beautiful furniture for friends and family. He loved poetry. Pete was a lifelong champion of justice and seeker of understanding. He was a generous and compassionate friend and counselor who will be in our hearts forever. Pete is survived by his wife, Nina; his twin daughters Jennifer Kayes and Sarah Dunlap, Sarah's husband Norm and his granddaughter Ashlee; his brother Ted Kayes and sister Shirley Hummel; by his brothers-in-law Arthur Hand and Charles Hand and by his niece Kim Boatright and nephews Ted and Chase Kayes.. A private service was held to honor Pete's life. The family would like to thank Dr. Allen Matthew and Tennie Brooks for their expert, dedicated and compassionate treatment of our beloved Pete. We would also like to express sincere gratitude to the Sisters, staff and physicians of St. Joseph Hospital and Dr. Amanzadeh for excellence in all aspects of patient care. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Jan. 6, 2013