Darrell and his prize winning Merc
Darrell Hayes
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 1, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Bountiful, Utah, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 4, 2009
  • Place of passing:
    Hayward, California, United States
This web site was created in fond memory of Darrell Taft Hayes. When his feet could barely reach the pedals, he was driving bootleg hooch around the west coast. He was a journeyman machinist by his 16th birthday, and designed components for everything from show bikes and custom roadsters to equipment for the Superconducting Supercollider and high energy research projects at the national laboratories. His intuitive grasp of all things mechanical was legendary, and a constant source of amazement to everyone who was fortunate enough to work with him. He will be sorely missed and forever remembered by everyone he ever met. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on 1:00 p.m., August 15, 2009 at 17760 Madison Avenue, Castro Valley, CA.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by marcos garcia on 5th August 2016

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you Darrell. I'm sure you know that. I would think time would heal but life's never quite the same with out you.I was blessed to have you as my friend and you left me with many fond memories. Trying to be the kind of man you were!"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2016

"How time flies! Seven years without you. Its seems like yesterday you were here giving me brotherly advice. Wish it were so today! Still missing you just as much as always. Sending love to you in heaven.
Your lil sis"

This tribute was added by Steve Alexander on 27th July 2016

"I was looking for old friends and came across this memorial for Darrell. I only knew him for a short time many years ago, but always considered him to be a good friend. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Keith Singer on 2nd March 2016

"Hey Darrell, another birthday comes and goes and we all still miss you here........"

This tribute was added by Jeff De Lima on 1st March 2016

"Happy birthday Darrell,
I hope you've been reunited with my brother. I know you guys worked side-by-side for almost 40 years. I'm sure you've showed him the ropes again. Save me a spot. Can't wait to see you guys again."

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2016

"You are still missed my brother. Every day! Every day stretches it out some, but the hole in my heart is still there. Love you and a hug rather you like it or not."

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 4th August 2015

"Forever missed is simply an understatement....
It seems like only yesterday you were here"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2015

"I still miss you like it was yesterday! I know that will never go away till I meet with you again! Wish I could give you a hug. I know you would hate that! Miss and Love you as always. Your little sister"

This tribute was added by Jeff De Lima on 2nd March 2015

"Happy late Birthday as usual.Still hard to find words to say. Cant wait to see you again, and when I do Im sure the words will flow like diarrhea. As fast as time goes I'm sure it won't be long but not soon enough. Thanks again for being my friend.
Jeff"

This tribute was added by polly rivera on 2nd March 2015

"Happy Birthday Cuz. You are missed by many. We will see you again so behave yourself.
Love ya Polly & Aunt Gracie"

This tribute was added by marcos garcia on 1st March 2015

"Happy 78th buddy. I so miss ya Darrell. I'm sure your celebrating today and doing it with style! I'll see ya one day my friend."

This tribute was added by arleen hayes on 1st March 2015

"Happy Birthday Darrell... I always remember you on this day.... Love you , wish you were here."

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2015

"Happy Birthday! As you know I have moved. I know you came with me
as you did not want to be left behind! :o) Miss you as always, but know you are with me everyday. Love and Kisses my big brother!
Your sis Helen"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 1st March 2015

"Happy Birthday Uncle D. I miss you and think of you so much."

This tribute was added by arleen hayes on 6th August 2014

"The years are flying by Darrell, I only wish we could have that long awaited visit we never had. Miss and love you, we will visit again in another time..... Love Sissie"

This tribute was added by Keith Singer on 5th August 2014

"Hey my friend, think of you often. In Sturgis for bike week again remembering the good times, miss you lots.........."

This tribute was added by marcos garcia on 4th August 2014

"Hey my friend, I just know things have got to be better in your world than in this one! things have never been the same since you left buddy, but I knew there was no one quite like you. Miss you and think of you every single day. I look forward to seeing you one day, and that makes me feel so good!"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 4th August 2014

"Okay you!  I left you a flower and a note. Now I see NO note and a Candle lit!  Nice to see you still have you're sense of HUMOR hahaha... I can't believe five years have passed already.  I Miss You My Friend...."

This tribute was added by Jeff De Lima on 4th August 2014

"Time goes so fast. It won't be too long before we meet again. Amazing how things change through our journey through life. Cant wait to meet up again.
Jeff"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2014

"Wow five years today! I still miss you as much now as then. Remember wherever I go you will be with me. Love and miss you. See you! Sis"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2014

"Happy Birthday Big Guy ~
Miss you still and think of you often as so many things have changed...
Love Always, D"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2014

"Thinking of you. Happy Birthday to you. Miss you always.
Love your Little sis Helen"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 5th August 2013

"Hi D......
Miss you.... always
xoxoxoxo's
Love D"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2013

"Hi Bro
I can't believe its been 4 years already. George and I had breakfast at Doug's this morning and we thought about you. One of your favorite places to eat. Love Ya and still miss you a lot. Your lil sis Helen"

This tribute was added by Jeff De Lima on 1st March 2013

"Happy birthday buddy. Time seems to go so fast these days,wont be too long before we hook up again. I look very forward to that day. Im sure you will have the place all costomized and 100s or things to show me and impress me all over again. Cant wait to see you again."

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2013

"Happy Birthday! Wow I know you won't believe you would be 76.
I'm sure we would argue about that. :o)
I know you seen your crab feed was again a success. Its a place for your friends to reach out and touch you. Miss you everyday.
Love Ya Lil sis"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2013

"Happy Birthday D , I still miss you so much, especially our talks.... I'm in Hawaii right now... Sitting around thinking of you and your Birthday also the anniversary of my beginning with the Teamsters 28 yrs ago March 1 1985.... I Miss you lots but your so in a better place... God Bless you"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 25th December 2012

"Missing you this Christmas day dear brother.
Hope your having a great one up there.
Remember no humbug in heaven. Love your sis"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 8th August 2012

"That is the truth, it's not the same without you. I miss you Uncle Darrell."

This tribute was added by Keith Singer on 7th August 2012

"Miss you my friend, Things aren't the same without you........"

This tribute was added by Jim Thornton on 6th August 2012

"You are one of a kind.  One of the most unforgettable people I've ever met.  Miss talking to you and working with you.

See ya

Jim and Sue"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 4th August 2012

"I think of you often my "Friend", I miss our talks (or lectures) very much... I'd tell you to rest in peace, though I'm sure your very busy up there keeping all those HotRods & Harley's looking Hot in Heaven....
xoxoxoxo's
D"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2012

"Still missing you as much as I did 3 years ago. The void is still
there and will be till I see you again! Love your little sis Helen"

This tribute was added by arleen hayes on 1st March 2012

"Has it really been two years? You will always be remembered and missed. Butch must have been sent back to us by the good Lord and you. I know you must have had a hand in it. Take care Angel. Love you, Sissie"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2012

"I know you would argue with me, but you would be 75 today, and I am sorry your not here to dispute that. You always made me younger then I was. :0). Love Ya always your Sis Helen"

This tribute was added by Patricia Smith on 1st March 2012

"Happy Birthday dearest!  I hope you enjoy your party in the big sky, but still wish you were here instead.  Miss you always, think of you always, and remember, always in my heart, never far from my mind.  Much love to you my dearest.
Patti"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2012

"Hey Big Guy... Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.  Hope your enjoying your new home, still would much have you here... The Crab Feed just's not the same without you, Helen does a wonderful job though keeping it all together :O)  I should have listened to you about your friend, but when did I ever listen?  Miss you so very much... Love always, D xoxoxo's"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 5th January 2012

"Happy New year!
You were on my mind all through christmas.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have had their own Mr Scooge
in their life. I am really blessed for the memories of you.
Love and miss you every day!!!!! your little Sis"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 7th August 2011

"Hey Bro! I was on a road trip on the 4th and thought about you all day long.
I was remembering one of our road trips to Petaluma to the turkey farm. We ate
at the turkey restaurant. I miss that with you! Luv Sis"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 5th August 2011

"Two years have already passed.It still seems so unreal to me that your gone,I miss talking to you "my Friend" God Bless you in Hot Rod Heaven, I know God needed your help but I still had a few things on my list for you too...Forever your are missed in all our hearts, luv D xoxo's"

This tribute was added by Patricia Smith on 4th August 2011

"Seems like yesterday rather than 2 years. Miss you and think of you every single day. Remember my mom? She left to join you this past March so look for her and give her a hug - you know she'll hug you back!  Always in my heart............ Luvu, Patti"

This tribute was added by arleen hayes on 4th August 2011

"Darrell I remember when I was 17 and I visited once and you gave me the first ride in a convertible, it was red and I just loved the way you made me feel special. For a country girl it was a thrill.  Love you and wish we had more time to be together. Love Sissie"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 2nd August 2011

"I just wanted to say that I miss you as much now as ever. I can't believe you have been gone for 2 years now. I was on the hill cutting weeds a couple of days ago and I swear I could hear your voice. It's not the same without you here. Love you always, T"

This tribute was added by oral ryan on 25th April 2011

"Read all the words in your tribute and it is evident that you live  on. In the memories of everyone you ever knew.  You left us with many and mine are vivid.  Loved you then Love you now. Always on my mind Sis."

This tribute was added by Karin Markus on 24th April 2011

"paulette
i have reached the age that i am looking up people that i havent seen or thought of in many, many years. i an saddened at the news that darrell passeed. i can see that he had a great wife and family..gone but not forgoten"

This tribute was added by polly rivera on 2nd March 2011

"Happy Birthday Cuz, Miss you so much. We will see each other again someday. Behave yourself up there.
Chicken Little.."

This tribute was added by Patricia Smith on 2nd March 2011

"Happy Birthday Dearest!!  Hope you're having a great party!  Think about you each and every day, and especially on this day.  I keep hearing you say "waddya doin" - thanks for the messages.  I'll be seein ya again, and don't forget, always in my heart, never far from my mind.  Much Love, Patti"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2011

"Helen, I'm sure he loves what you've done with the house.  It looks Wonderful!  Your never alone in the House, he'll always be there with you...your dream proves that. You take care and we'll get together for dinner soon :O)  xoxoxo's"

This tribute was added by marcos garcia on 1st March 2011

"Happy birthday buddy, I'm a little selfish, but wish you were around so we could celebrate your day in some way. I owe ya a great lunch some where special, your choice, when I see you next! You always bring a smile to my face when I think about ya, your a one of kind guy. Always miss you..........Marcos"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 1st March 2011

"Happy Birthday Big Brother! I had a dream last night that you and I were out
visiting Gary and Sendy Souza and having one of her lamb dinners. When I woke up this morning I realized it was your birthday. So guess you were just reminding me of that. Well I didn't forget. Hope you like what I've done to the house!!
Miss you terribly. Hope you are behaving! Love your Sis Helen"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 1st March 2011

"Happy Birthday. If I were with you today I would make you some Cioppino for dinner. I miss you terribly. Love, Tina"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2011

"Happy Birthday Darrell, it's so hard your not being here... I loved calling you on this day to give you crap. Anyways I miss you dearly. Keith sends his Birthday wishes too... love ya big guy :O)"

This tribute was added by BILL QUARRY on 13th December 2010

"FOR 50 YEARS YOU WHERE ALWAYS FIXING SOMETHING FOR ME IN
ALL THE CRAZY BUSINESES I WAS DOING,YOU WHERE SPECIAL FRIEND.  BILL QUARRY"

This tribute was added by Patricia Smith on 11th December 2010

"Always in my heart - never far from my mind.  With much love, Patti"

This tribute was added by Jeff De Lima on 10th December 2010

"Darrell,Even after 1-1/2 years I still cant find the words to express my feelings.I think about you almost every day and miss those daily conversations.I will never forget the true friend you were to me.Thanks for being there when I needed you. R.I.P.  Jeff"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 5th August 2010

"The end of the day :O) Rest in Peace big guy.  Helen I hope your got through the day o.k. and have found peace in your heart....xoxoxo's love always Denise <3"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 4th August 2010

"Hi Big Brother!
Sure miss you even though its been a year it still seems like yesterday when you
were here. See you someday soon. Love and miss you. Lil sis."

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 4th August 2010

"Oh yeah! I still LOVE YA, even though you didn't warn me about your "friend" K... I owe you one :O) Damn I wish you were here..............."

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 4th August 2010

"Cant believe you've been gone a year. I miss not having you 2 call,or hearing about your latest projects.I'm sure the hot rods & bikes up there are looking cool as hell. Say hello 2 Ron 4 me. I miss U"

This tribute was added by marcos garcia on 4th August 2010

"Hey pal,hope your doing just fine. I can't believe it has been a year that has passed already. Life has never quite been the same without ya. Sure miss you."

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 31st July 2010

"I am having such a hard time with the anniversary of your leaving. I just don't know how to bear it sometimes. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 29th June 2010

"I miss you more all the time. I am looking forward to seeing you again."

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 5th March 2010

"Hi Big Brother
Sorry I didn't write this Monday on your Birthday, but was thinking of you all day.
I miss the argument we used to have every year about our age difference.
I will add the story."

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 1st March 2010

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARRELL, It all seems so wrong that your not here for me to call today. Who else would take my smart ass call on their birthday reminding them they are older than dirt?..Miss You xoxo's"

This tribute was added by Dana Appiano on 12th February 2010

"Still missing you
->Dana"

This tribute was added by polly rivera on 7th September 2009

"I have so many good memories of our times together. You were my cousin in childhood an my friend in adulthood. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by oral ryan on 6th September 2009

"Baby brother how I miss you.  All my memories seem to be of you when you were in deed a baby bro.  The few I have of you as a grown man a few, but will be cherished. Love you Sis Oral"

This tribute was added by Ellen Himsl on 31st August 2009

""We are so sad and we miss you. You meant a lot to us and thank you for that beautiful shining piece of your life that will aways grace our zeppelin. Til we see you again, all our love."

This tribute was added by Nathan Liburdi on 23rd August 2009

"We all love you and will miss you."

This tribute was added by Greg Westbury on 23rd August 2009

"Darrell thank you for your friendship, Inspiration, and everything you have taught me. you will be missed brother. RIP"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 18th August 2009

"Darrell, thanks for letting me know you're O.K...Hope to see you again, Take Care my friend."

This tribute was added by Joe Roswell on 16th August 2009

"I'll miss you Darrell.

Joe"

This tribute was added by Julie DeLima on 15th August 2009

"Darrell
You have been a great friend to my husband, and very caring & thoughtful to me and our boys.  I will miss your stories and think of you every Sunday when you would call. Love, Julie DeLima"

This tribute was added by Denise M Silva on 14th August 2009

"Darrell, I'm not sure what to say.I was in S.D. when I got the call Tues. I got you a Sturgis shirt,surprise. Love you & I will deeply miss you,I hope you'll still look out for me like you always have"

This tribute was added by Gordy Wilcox on 14th August 2009

"I remember 1956 riding with you through Crow Canyon in your first ol Merc painted primer gray.  No seats, we rode on a stack of wooden coke boxes.  I'll miss you."

This tribute was added by Dominator Street Rods Inc on 14th August 2009

"From the crew at Dominator Street Rods
He will be missed by all."

This tribute was added by Alicia Liburdi on 14th August 2009

"Uncle Darrell- My last memory of you was cherry picking, and I can't think of a better one! I will never see a cherry again without thinking of you. :) Love ya, and have fun up there - Hear it's great"

This tribute was added by dee genung on 14th August 2009

"R.I.P

Dee Genung"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Peterson on 14th August 2009

"Although I had not seen Darrell in many many years he was a very caring,thoughtful,respectful and wonderful man. He took me for a midnight ride on his Harley that I will never forget. Thanks"

This tribute was added by David Silvia on 13th August 2009

"David Silvia"

This tribute was added by Keith Singer on 13th August 2009

"Thing just won't be the same without you around, miss you, hope there's hot rods in heaven and if there isn't there will be now.........Keith"

This tribute was added by BILL QUARRY on 13th August 2009

"BILL QUARRY"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 12th August 2009

"I will always admire you for what you achieved in your lifetime. You were one of the only truly self made men that I ever met. You will be sorely missed. See ya when I'm done. Kim"

This tribute was added by Patricia Smith on 12th August 2009

"Thank you my dear Darrell for being my friend, my lover, and most of all for being you.  Always in my heart and never far from my mind. I will miss you deeply.  Love you always, Patti"

This tribute was added by Tina Liburdi on 12th August 2009

"Uncle Darrell I still can't really believe you are gone. When I get there we will go to the ocean like we talked about. I hear Heaven has better beaches anyway :-) Love ya lots, Tina.""

This tribute was added by leslie elkins on 12th August 2009

"Leslie Elkins
lit a candle on 08/12/09

Darrell you will be greatly miss.

love, Dave & Leslie Elkins"

This tribute was added by donna little on 11th August 2009

"Thank You for sharing a part of your life with me those are memories never forgotten.
Live in peace Uncle Darrell.
Donna"

This tribute was added by George Borys on 10th August 2009

"Say "hi" to everyone, and don't be discouraged by the boring food - we'll find some decent eateries when I get there."

This tribute was added by Dana Appiano on 9th August 2009

"Uncle Darrell I will miss you. I will always remember the good times we had riding  around the Delta and just hanging out. I love you,
Dana"

This tribute was added by arleen hayes on 9th August 2009

"Darrell we love you and will always remember you. Love Sis,Butch,Gary and Tami"

This tribute was added by Helen Hayes on 9th August 2009

"I will miss you big Bro. See you again. Behave up there!
Love Ya Helen"


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