As many are aware, HFS founder and namesake, Bob Hayes has been on a leave of absence from company operations for some time in his extended battle with mesothelioma. Last Wednesday evening, Bob passed away at his home, surrounded by family and close friends. He was a warm, honest, and conscientious soul who will be dearly missed by all those throughout our industry who had the pleasure of working with him. Many of us had the opportunity to lift up his memory during a touching memorial service yesterday in his home town of Barnsdall, OK.
"HFS partners, directors, and employees alike can be proud that the business Bob started is strong and has continued to thrive through his leave of absence"
Bob was born in Portland, OR on July 30, 1949 to Pembrooke Hayes and Mildred Ellen Hayes, but he grew up and received his education in Barnsdall, OK. After his graduation from Tulsa Junior College and a tour of service with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Bob found his way into our industry as an employee at Petrolite in Barnsdall in 1970. After a decade with Petrolite, Bob moved on to work with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville before ultimately establishing his own firm, BHI, in 1986.
The relationships he built at Phillips served the new company well, and BHI flourished for the next 25 years as a provider of contract design and drafting services in refining and transportation. In 2006, Bob founded a second company, Hayes Field Services, providing inspection, training, and personnel services to major industry operators, which continues to thrive today.
Hundreds gathered at yesterday's memorial service at the Freewill Baptist Church in Barnsdall, OK where Bob was a member. In a touching display of love and community, many attendees stood to share their memories of Bob's life and show their support to Bob's family, especially his wife, Sandra Jean Hayes, to whom he was married for 48 years. Bob was an avid hunter, fisherman, and hot rod afficionado. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, one daughter, Neely Hayes of Bartlesville, one son, Justin Hayes and wife Jennifer of Bartlesville, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
HFS partners, directors, and employees alike can be proud that the business Bob started is strong and continuing to thrive through his illness and his passing. With employees hard at work on projects from coast to coast, Hayes Field Services continues to provide exceptional value in inspection, training, and design. Small local contractors and major integrated oil companies alike continue to rely on HFS for industry-leading service.