Jack A. Hayes had a remarkable life.
Born in San Jose, Jack moved with his family to King City at the end of his eighth-grade year, and graduated from King City High School in 1940. Growing up he enjoyed Boy Scouts, hunting, and fishing, which became life-long interests. He studied structural engineering at UC Berkeley, and joined the Air Force in 1943, the same year he married Beverly Forden of King City.
Jack was stationed in England during World War II with the 452nd Bomb Group and flew 30 missions in Europe. He achieved the rank of Captain and received two Distinguished Flying Cross awards. After the war, Jack returned to King City and began farming with his father-in-law, Elmer Forden.
During his 40-year career in farming, Jack was president of the California Tomato Growers Association. He helped found the Canning Tomato Advisory Committee and served as co-chairman for 15 years. He was a director of California Canners and Growers for 20 years. After retiring from farming in 1983, Jack worked as an agriculture consultant in Morocco for six years.
While serving on local school boards for many years, Jack improved the quality of education in his community. He served 12 years on the elementary school board and eight years on the high school board. The Santa Lucia School and the current campus of King City High School were built under his leadership.
Jack joined Boy Scout Troup 1 in King City in 1936 and attended the first national Boy Scout Jamboree in 1937. He became an Eagle Scout and later received the Silver Beaver award and the Distinguished Eagle award for outstanding service to his community. He was Scout Master, Explorer Adviser, and Club Master in King City. He was also president of the Monterey Bay Area Scout Council and in charge of Boy Scout fundraising for more than 40 years.
He was an active member of many local organizations including Rotary, Masons, Silver Kings and Queens, and the Monterey County Agricultural Life Museum. His fundraising events and barbecues were famous throughout the valley, and he thoroughly enjoyed these events. Flying was one of Jack’s favorite activities for many years. He stopped flying in 1985 with about 8,000 hours, including 1,100 flying hours in the military.
In 1989, Jack joined the board of the Monterey County Agricultural Life Museum in King City. He served as president for 12 years, and one of his major efforts was to raise funds for the History of Irrigation Museum and the Tractor Barn. He also narrated film for the museum.
In 1996, Jack married Beatrice Pereira. He was predeceased by two sons, John and James. He is survived by a daughter, Katherine (Charles) Greenberg, a son, Timothy, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as two stepsons, Jeff and Dan Pereira, and three step-grandchildren.
A celebration of life program will be held January 10 at noon at the Pavillion, Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, King City. Internment will be private. Donations may be sent to the Monterey County Agricultural Life Museum, Mee Memorial Hospital or St. Mark’s Church.