Basin Roots of Utah Parks and Rec Director Lost Too Soon

If plans continue to line up, Starvation State Park will soon have a new name to honor a man with strong Basin roots. Fred Hayes, director of State Parks and Recreation, passed away early this month at the age of 58 and Utah legislature quickly passed a Resolution to honor Hayes by renaming a state park in his honor but why Starvation State Park? Hayes started his career in 1982 as a Ranger Aide at Starvation State Park. Hayes grew up in Duchesne County and before his state parks career he spent several years as a biology, math, and personal health teacher in Duchesne and Uintah County public schools. After launching his career at Starvation State Park, Hayes worked in numerous positions over the years including park ranger and deputy director before becoming the state director. Hayes lived in Heber at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife Serena and their five children.

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