Robert A. Hayward
1926 ~ 2017
Robert Allen Hayward, devoted husband, father and beloved grandfather, passed away August 5, 2017, peacefully in his home in West Valley City, Utah. He was born November 18, 1926 in Salt Lake City to Daniel Webster and Hortense Floyd Hayward. He grew up in Salt Lake City.
Bob joined the Navy in November, 1944, to serve in World War II following in his brother Pete's footsteps. He was a fireman 1st class on the USS Casablanca, and was always so proud to have served his country.
Upon returning home from the war and met his eternal sweetheart, Marian Shober. They were married August 18, 1948. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was sealed to Marian in the Salt Lake City temple on April 15, 1992. They held hands for 69 years and he thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met right up to the day he passed away. His family was his life. He shared his love of hunting and fishing with his family while teasing them incessantly. To many of them, he was more their father than their grandfather. He made holidays and every day they spent with him special.
Bob served on the Utah Highway Patrol for 33 years, retiring as a Captain. He loved his job and the people he worked with. To meet him was to love him. Bob loved to compete with officers in the State of Utah in shooting, holding the title as Utah's best marksman for many years, winning hundreds of trophies and prizes for his accuracy. He taught officers throughout the state gun safety and accuracy.
After retirement, he and Marian had the opportunity to travel and enjoy each other for many years. His favorite past time was hunting, fishing and golfing with family and friends. His grandsons learned many life lessons while sitting in the duck blind with gramps or fishing at the Gorge; he was always someone they could talk to and know he was listening. His brother Pete was his best friend and they did almost everything together.
Bob is survived by his three daughters, Susan Hayward, Sandra Hayward, and Tamra Popelmayer (David), all of West Valley, Utah; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and his youngest sister Bonnie Snodgrass. Bonnie visited her brother every week over the last few months, which he loved. Our special thanks to her. He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Hortense Hayward; sisters Florence "Tootie" Hakes and Shirley Sheridan; brother Norman Daniel "Pete" Hayward; and grandson, Brandon Fabert.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 10th, 11:00 am, at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, UT. Friends and family are invited to remember and celebrate his life at a viewing from 6-8 pm on August 9th and 10-10:45 am on August 10th also at McDougal Funeral Home. Interment at Valley View Memorial Park.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2017.