Fred is survived by his wife Serena; his children Shasta (Shaun Lawton), Steven Fletcher, Samuel Lee (Lisa) Fletcher, Sean Stacey Fletcher, and Fredrick Milo Hayes III, five grandchildren; Lily, Zack, Mara, and Nathan Fletcher and Zane Lawton and two sisters, Donna Ellen and Debra Ann Hayes.
Fred grew up in Duchesne, Utah where his early years were full of fun and service to others. From Boy Scout projects, including receiving his Eagle Scout, to riding his bike and sledding down D hill. He was an outstanding student, loved playing football, enjoyed being on the debate team, and upon graduation from Duchesne High School was co-valedictorian of his class. When the time came, Fred served an honorable LDS mission to Japan. Upon his return he studied at Brigham Young University and received his degree in biology. Later, he decided to earn a teaching certificate and signed up for classes through Utah State University’s Extension program where he met his wife Serena. They were married July 9, 1991. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. The following year he won the job as the education coordinator at the brand new Rock Cliff Nature Center at Jordanelle, which meant moving his family to the beautiful Heber Valley. From there he worked his way through the Parks and Recreation system to become the director of State Parks in 2012. He loved working with Utah Division of Natural Resources and truly enjoyed the people he worked with. He especially enjoyed taking people on wheeler rides, exploring the outdoors and looking at new ideas for trail systems. At the time of his death, Fred was serving as an LDS Branch President of the Abbington, an assisted living facility. He loved that assignment, the people there, and considered it his best calling ever. Fred was a wonderful and kind man who will be sorely missed by those blessed to know and love him. We can only imagine the Savior saying “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: … I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Goodbye for now Fred, we love you, miss you, but know we will see you again.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, in Heber Utah Stake Center, 200 West and 100 North at 11 a.m., with a viewing prior to services, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. There will also be a viewing Thursday night from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., same location. Condolences may be shared online at www.HeberValleyFuneral.com