Captain Bruce E. Hays, 42, of the U.S. Army National Guard of Wyoming, died Wednesday, September 17, 2008, as a result of injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan.
Captain Hays was born December 29, 1965 in Merced, California. He graduated from Capitan (New Mexico) High School in 1984 and joined the U.S. Army. He served as an enlisted soldier as a tanker with the 2nd ACR for eight years, including service in Desert Storm, then attended New Mexico State University. During his college years he was employed at the Army Research Lab at White Sands Missile Range. In 1996 he graduated with honors from NMSU with a degree in soil science. He was a surveyor with the USDA Soil Service and then was offered a commission in the Army National Guard. He was employed full-time with the Army National Guard of Wyoming, and was on active duty at the time of his death. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity at NMSU; the American Legion in Wyoming; the N.R.A.; Yellowstone Baptist Church in Cheyenne Wyoming; and had been very active with the Army National Guard family support programs.
Survivors include his wife Marie Hays of the family home in Alamogordo; his children, Bethany Hays and Eleanor Hays of Alamogordo, John Vance III of Albuquerque, and Alfonso Vance and Genevieve Vance of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his parents, Leonard and Barbara Louise Hays of Alamogordo; two brothers, Scott Hays of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Mark Hays and his wife Julie of Hobbs, New Mexico; his father and mother-in-law, Arturo and Pilar Madrid of Anthony, New Mexico; and three brothers-in-law, Arturo Madrid and his wife Tracy of Conway, Arkansas, Juan Madrid and his wife Elizabeth of Denver, Colorado, and Ruben Madrid of Stuttgart, Germany.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, September 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Frank Zamora and Pastor Howell Scott officiating.
Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army National Guard. Escort honors will be provided by the Patriot Guard.
Cremation will follow the funeral services.
Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Wounded Warrior, New Mexico Legion Riders, c/o Ed Summerall, 34 Stonewood Dr., Alamogordo, NM 88310.
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