William Slaughter Hays, Jr. Born August 11, 1942 in San Diego, California Died August 11, 2011 in Oro Valley, Arizona Bill lived his first five years with his family in Ensenada, Baja California and for much of his life was called Memo by all who knew him. His father, a naval officer, was stationed there to serve as liaison between Mexican and American troops during the war as it was feared that the Japanese might try to invade California by way of the Baja Peninsula. Bill's first language was Spanish and, despite his mother's pleadings, he refused to speak English with his little Mexican friends or at home. He and his cohorts would spend time at the greasy auto shop behind his house and the mechanics would send "Memo" home repeating very obnoxious phrases to repeat to his parents, much to their angst. Bill and Jeanie fell in love at the age of fourteen in algebra class in San Diego, they married at nineteen and they are soon to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Their love and devotion to one another never wavered and was the envy of many friends who had not been so fortunate in love. In jest Bill often referred to Jeanie as his "first wife" and as "his older woman" as she was two days his senior. Bill was noted for his dry wit, his immense warmth, his diplomacy and his gentle, big heart. Bill had a long career in Private Banking and International Banking in Seattle. His fluent Spanish served him well in his business travels to much of Latin America meeting with Ministers of Finance in many countries. Realizing that life was short, Bill and Jeanie took early retirement in 1989 and followed their dreams by traveling to and exploring with passion 86 countries both independently and as tour guides and cruise hosts. Upon retirement in Tucson in 2005 they especially loved their long visits to their favorite Mexican village. Their lives were full of blessing, miracles, heartache and love. In 2003 Bill suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and Jeanie was told he could not survive. In spite of this for Jeanie he miraculously did survive. They cherished every day of the eight-and-a-half years they were given until his second hemorrhagic stroke took him suddenly on his 69th birthday. He is survived by Jeanie, daughter Ashley Jean Hays, son William S. Hays III, grandson Walker Hays Hertel and his dear canine friend Daisy Lupita.