Dr. Homer M. Hayes, III (aka Butch or Tata) 79, died peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family. He was born January 28, 1942, in Chicago, son of Homer M. Hayes, Jr. and Marion Ann Huhn Hayes. Butch grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. He graduated from Downers Grove North High school and went on to get his BS in Business Administration/Accounting in 1964, MS in Business Education in 1965 at Northern Illinois University, and his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997.
Butch started out as a high school teacher then went on to pursue a career in the Peace Corps from 1966 to 1975. He did everything from volunteering in Ethiopia to Volunteer Placement Officer and Ethiopia/Uganda Desk Officer in Washington DC. Butch met his wife, Amparo while they were both in the Peace Corps. He ventured back into education in 1976 as an instructor in Business Technology at San Antonio Community College. He went on to be an associate professor before moving into administration as part of the initial administration team that formed Palo Alto Community College. He continued in many positions within the now Alamo Colleges District including Interim President at St. Philip's Community College. After 24 years with Alamo Colleges, he retired. His retirement did not last long as he went on to become President of College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. There he continued his work by implementing new workforce programs and Achieving the Dream, before becoming Provost at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Due to his tireless work and accomplishments to improve student success Butch was given the title of Provost Emeritus upon his final retirement.
Butch was active in countless community groups in numerous ways. He participated in several city committees, Mahncke Park community garden, Lions Field, the SA Botanical Garden, and square dancing just to name a few. Through square dancing, Butch and Ampie made lifelong friends and traveled all over the United States. They were part of the city, state, and national square dance associations as members and officers for all levels. Butch continued to promote education, through everything he did, from teaching people about scripture, how to garden or square dance and by advocating scholarship opportunities through school, church and square dancing. Butch and Ampie were always very involved in the church. He was part of the Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, lector, eucharistic minister, along with participating in RCIA, ACTS, and many other service organizations. Upon returning to St. Anthony de Padua Church he also became very active in M.S.C lay associates and the men's rosary group.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Marion Hayes. Surviving in addition to his wife, Amparo O. Hayes are his daughters Amanda Luz Gould, husband Greg Gould and Alexis Leticia Lowe and husband, Andrew Lowe. Butch is also survived by six amazing grandchildren, Madeline Lloyd, Harrison Lloyd, Melanie Lloyd, Chase Gould, Andra Lowe, and Aimsley Lowe and his sister Carol West and sister and brother-in-law Judy and Don Monaco. Tata was loved by many and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alamo Colleges Foundation, c/o Dr. Homer Hayes Scholarship, 2222 N. Alamo St. 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78215VIEWING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 202110:30 AMROSARY 11:30 AMWITH FUNERAL MASS TO FOLLOWST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH102 Lorenz Rd, 78209
The services for Butch will be live streamed and you may find the link on his obituary page at www.porterloring.com