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Leslie Hays

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Loved life, knowledge
Leslie Hays, 74, died Feb. 4, 2009, in Santa Fe. He fought courageously against cancer for several years through his strong will and unbridled optimism. Leslie overcame polio as a child and valued life. He had compassion for others' suffering and unselfishly offered help to many.
Leslie counted among his acquaintances contemporaries such as Congressman Ron Paul. He purchased rights to "The Great Deceit" from the estate of author Zygmund Dobbs, donating them to Auburn University so the out-of-print book would not be lost, just one example of his generous nature and the importance he placed on knowledge.
Leslie was born April 19, 1934, in El Paso to Newell and Ruby Hays. From his father Leslie learned to understand projects from the ground up. From his mother, a pilot who won a cross-country derby, Leslie inherited curiosity and patience.
Early in life Leslie put his hands and mind to work toiling in the oil patch for Gulf Oil in Midland. He drove heavy machinery and surveyed land, then attended college and used what he learned to produce more efficient work methods. He went on to build up a gas company, oversee real estate and financial investments, subdivide Texas property, and build the Mescalero River Estates in Bent. Leslie is survived by his wife, Faye, of Alamogordo. He had great faith in God. Honor his life by releasing a balloon in thought.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 27 to Mar. 13, 2009
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