Roy Leslie Hays
Jan 27, 1951 – Apr 17, 2014
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.
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