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Dana Kieth Hayward passed away January 12, 2007 at his Capitola home after a brief illness. He was 57 years old.

A native of Malibu, he has lived in Santa Cruz County for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Herzog-Burt of Capitola.

Dana was the son of movie-star idol Louis Hayward and worked in his youth on films and TV with his father in the US and Europe. His achievements in Santa Cruz included Blore in Ten Little Indians which premiered the opening of Santa Cruz Actor's Theatre Dana's father was in the original movie version. He also worked on the remodeling of the present theatre from the Old Bear Republic Theatre. He also played a key role in Chris Mathews' "A Flag to Fly".

Dana was a wonderful teller of stories about the days in the 50's and 60's living on Malibu Beach, the movie stars that visited their home, and the famous friends of his father's, the movie idols of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Dana was instrumental in organizing and working and on the repair of the Seacliff Beach Cement Ship after it was badly damaged in the storms of '81-'82. He was recognized for his work by Sam Farr.

As an accomplished artist, he worked in many mediums, including Stained glass, painting, floral art and ceramics. His hobbies included a love for fishing, both from boats and from the Cement Ship, hence his keen concern to get it back opened up quickly. Dana's fishing poles were always with him 'just in case". In his youth, he surfed Malibu beach with some of the legends of the 60's era and also loved sailing, once sailed from Washington State to Belize in the Caribbean.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Santa Cruz Memorial Oakwood Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions preferred to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks to the Cement Ship 1444 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2007
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