John Ralph Hayhurst
1940 - 2011
John Ralph Hayhurst, of Payson, went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2011.
He was born Dec. 5, 1940 in Vernon, Texas. He moved to Miami, Ariz. at the age of 4.
He was a graduate of Miami High School and held a degree in engineering.
Mr. Hayhurst worked as a disc jockey before joining and serving his country in the Air Force for four years. He then went on to work for a mining company in Arizona and Peru, where he eventually retired in 1992.
He was a member of the Tonto Rim Sports Club of Payson and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
John will be greatly missed and remembered as a man of honor who loved his country; loved his family and friends; and who was immensely generous to all, writes his family.
He is survived by his wife, Lois. He met and married his loving and devoted wife in September 1997. They resided in the community of Deer Creek Village. Before John’s illness, they enjoyed motorcycle rides, long trips in their camper, their dogs and their great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are daughters, Mildred in Utah and Debbi and Delissa in Kentucky; two stepsons, Eugene Gibbs of Mesa and James Gibbs of Ohio; four grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. And better known as “Papa John” he is also survived by six step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lois Hayhurst.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr., Payson.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, P.O. Box 305, Payson, AZ 85547.