Roy Leslie Hays

Jan 27, 1951 – Apr 17, 2014

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Roy Hays was born January 27, 1951 in Richland Washington to George E. Hays and Iva G. Tucker Hays.  He moved to the Seattle area when he was an infant and spent most of his childhood growing up in Normandy Park.  He attended Normandy Park Elementary School, Olympic Jr. High School, and graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA, in 1969.  He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 1973 where he majored in psychology, chemistry and physics.  He met his wife Deborah while at Western Washington University.  Roy’s life was all about family and friends.  He and Deborah raised three children, Timothy, Andrew, and Sakara (Veronica).

Roy was an outdoor enthusiast.  He enjoyed hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing.  He and his family travelled to many places in the world.  A highlighted trip was one the family took to Singapore in 1989.   Just prior to becoming ill with gastric cancer, Roy and Deborah had travelled to Belize.  Roy spent most of his career developing medical monitoring equipment.  His last 27 years were spent working for Spacelabs Medical most recently as their Chief Technology Officer. 

Roy was preceded in death by his father, George and grandson Khabir Remmu. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah, his sons Timothy and Andrew, his daughter Sakara Remmu, and mother Iva Hays. He leaves behind seven grandchildren, Jada, Kailani, Majestik, Maya, MacKenzie, Ella, and Cooper; sisters Jean, Chris, Ginger, and brother David as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Roy’s parting words were, “We do it all for family.” 

Roy died peacefully at home April 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family and friends.


Ghazi Kashmolah
San Diego , CA
May 22, 2014

This is very shocking news, I am saddened to learn the loss of my dear friend who was very instrumental in bringing me to OSI Systems and for that I will be forever grateful. My sincerest condolence to his wife and all family members.

Ghazi Kashmolah

Cindy Grimes
St John, Vi
May 12, 2014

I'm very sorry to hear of your loved one's passing. My heart goes out to the family and friends. Many have looked to the bible for a hope to see them again. John 5:28,29 talks about a resurection and Psalms 37:11,29 talks about where this would take place. Again I'm sorry for the loss of your loved one Roy.

Kind Regards,

Scott and Lynn Hergert
Redmond, Wa
May 4, 2014

Roy was a friend and mentor, he was always actively looking at the world in unique and wonderful ways. It was privilege to know him and be able to say good bye.

Scott and Lynn

Jeff & Peggy
Waterloo, Ia
Apr 29, 2014

No heart breaks alone for God is always near. When a prayer is whispered God is always there to hear. When sorrow's overwhelming, He comforts tenderly. A single tear never falls that he does not hear.(Psalms 65:2)

Cynthia Hobbs
Seattle, Wa
Apr 29, 2014

Sakara - My heart go out to you and your family at this time of sadness ... God will continue to bless you and your family Remember all the Good....

Norman Johnson
Seattle, Wa
Apr 29, 2014

Therapeutic Health Services are sadden for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Norman Johnson

Janene & Antar Shakir
Louisville, KY
Apr 28, 2014

Deborah, We are holding you all in the warmth of our hearts. Surely the blessings of sweet loving memories will sustain you during these trying times. Love is the tie that binds us all together. We love you. Your Sister & Brother

Robert Dungey
Toronto, ON
Apr 28, 2014

Deborah and family,

I was saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts, blessings and prayers are with you.

Mary Gorjance
Seattle, WA
Apr 27, 2014

Heartfelt condolences to all the Hays family.

John Michlik
Normandy Park, Wa
Apr 27, 2014

Chris, I was sorry to read that Roy had passed away. I had only met him the several times I was at your folks' house so many years ago. He seemed like a really special guy, and it was obvious by the way you talked about him (which you did a lot) how much he meant to you. I hope he left you many wonderful memories to ease the sorrow of losing him so early. God bless, and all my best.

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