OBITUARY

Edgar Hayes Jr.

June 17, 1966January 5, 2023
Obituary of Edgar Hayes Jr.
Edgar Hayes Jr. was born on June 17, 1966, in Bakersfield, California to his parents Edgar and Alayne Hayes. The third child of four brothers. Ed was a mischievous, fun loving, adventurous, La Cresta neighborhood kid with a cool bike and great friends. Imagine all the Sandlot similar shenanigans a young catholic boy in the 70s could conjure up before sun set and streetlights signaled him to head home, and that was his happy childhood. Ed attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) grade school and two high schools. At Garces Memorial High School, Ed was the treasured class comedian for two years. He led the school in detentions, because his golf coach was the detention monitor and let Ed go out in the quad to practice chipping balls. This was a sweet deal to an avid golfer, and only escalated his antics in the classroom. Eventually, his comical clowning caught up to him and he was sent to East High on a probationary experiment designed by his clever father. Being a private school student his whole life he was terrified to attend public school, but he fell in love with East High especially his higher status on the golf team, creative teachers, and he instantly made many more friends. He had an opportunity to go back to Garces but decided to remain at East through graduation. He really loved his memories at both high schools and his experiences on the two diverse campuses really developed his popular, charismatic, easy going, fun character. The Hayes family lost their father to cancer during Ed’s junior year. Sustaining the family business, Webster’s Upholstery, became the focus of his mom and brothers. Helping his mother at the shop is where Ed developed his strong work ethic and love for the business, sales, and personal customer contact. At twenty-one, he was happily bouncing and bartending for extra cash in the nightclubs, but he always had his eye on the DJ booth. His first love was always music. After begging some fellow DJ friends to train him, DJ Ed Loverr was born. Ed’s amazing voice and bold personality on a mic, his music genius, and a crowded dance floor was party magic. He became a popular mix master in the late 80s and 90s creating long lines of devotees waiting to dance at popular clubs like Al Pawlowski’s, Charlie Browns, Rubens, Cask & Cleaver, Grizzly Bar and Rileys. He created his own company, H20 Productions, and performed music at hundreds of weddings and events over the years. His passion for entertaining and singing made him embrace the new karaoke scene as well. An award-winning KJ, he was known to excite a Prime Cut crowd with his own performances of Brandy and The Fireman. Ed also volunteered time at the Carriage House Estates Retirement Home and Chateau Wellness Center. He was known to create a roaring party-like atmosphere for the elderly and young adults with disabilities who loved his presence and looked forward to weekly karaoke days with Ed. He made every wannabe crooner feel like a star. He was genuinely delighted to see these special individuals come to life, dance, smile, and sing. Through music, dancing, and singing Ed touched so many souls and is remembered by so many for his dynamic presence at some of the most memorable days of their own lives. A talented entertainer and all-around lovable person many regard him as a close friend due to these happy occasions shared over his lifetime. Ed eventually took over the family business. He remodeled the tired old building on 19th Street and resurrected the clientele. He made many families, restaurants, churches, small businesses, and medical facilities overjoyed with newly updated furniture and a friendly process. It was this work with customers that made his later years so fulfilled. It was an absolute pleasure for him to get up and go to work every day. He loved the thrill of a sale, lived to hear high praise from every satisfied customer, and was deeply moved by every five-star review. We want to thank all the many wonderful clients and designers who worked with Ed over the years. We thank you for supporting a small, local, downtown business through 100 years of success. Ed had an obsession for perfectly balanced sweet and tart apples. Never met a big chunky expensive watch he didn’t need. The most fun foodie to dine and cocktails with. His signature scent of Curve cologne. Several fun chapters of antique convertibles, cool cars, and lifted accessorized trucks all with the best sound systems. A Minnesota sports super fan. A devotion conceived out of Ed’s beloved visits to his mother’s family in Shakopee, Minnesota. Dedicated to all things Gophers, Twins, Timberwolves, and Vikings. He loved the thrill of a good game on the court, mound, or end zone. Many friendships were created out of this enthusiasm, he especially loved to brutally tease and taunt a rival fan. Ed also had a passion for motorcycles. One of his favorite memories with his father was the day his dad surprised him, when he was just old enough to drive, with a special excursion to pick out a brand-new motorcycle. He has owned many motorcycles since. His greatest joy, before being diagnosed with brain cancer, was cruising through a beautifully scenic winding road on weekends with the good ladies and gentlemen members of the Bakersfield Motorcycle Company. He absolutely loved the genuine comradery and companionship that came with belonging to this organization. Ed was such a social creature that naturally Facebook became a fun release and guilty pleasure. He made his adored, easily roused mother famous locally with his comical reality video posts of her. People would regularly stop and tell him how much they loved watching the hilarious mother-son duo. His spirited personalized birthday videos shared with friends became so well received he started getting requests for random birthday shoutouts. All his sports rants, and amusing posts will be sadly missed by his many dedicated followers. Ed and Kristi were teenagers when they first met in 1985. They instantly became best friends upon meeting and shared a strong bond that lasted through many twists and turns of their young lives. They might have just stayed friends had he not bravely, and lovingly sung George Strait’s The Chair to her on one special occasion that sealed their fate to become the happily married love story they both always wished for. Together with their amazing children, adorable grandchildren, and three dogs Millie (Beagle), Major and Memphis (Pugs) they built a beautiful life together traveling and jet skiing up and down the coast of Santa Barbara. Ed Hayes was one of God’s special creations. The devoted son, loving husband, fun dad, animated Pop-Pop, favorite brother, and beloved uncle. Your best friend. To his world of loyal friends and customers, old and new, he was something unique and lovable. Being drawn into his special, fun, giant energy was a certainty. His chemistry was infectious to everyone he met. You could not leave his presence without being charmed in some way. He exuded a cool factor. Someone who beat to his own drum, and made you want to sing along. He had a huge personality wrapped up in a tall six-foot-four, three-hundred-and-fifty-pound ball of love, laughter, and spirited kindness that was bigger than life itself. Words cannot describe how much you will be missed. May you find peace in the loving arms of the Lord and your mother and father. Enjoy that long winding road through the divine fields of heaven, knowing you were so dearly loved, and we will never forget you. Ed is survived by his wife Kristi; his children, Jake Hayes, Chase and Alexis Jamieson, and Summer and Stephen Eyherabide; and grandchildren, Poppy, Brody, and Kimzey Jamieson. He is also survived by his three brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Kelly, Bob and Shelly, and Chris Hayes; and his father and mother-in-law, Danny & Janice Moore; sister and brother-in-law, Daina and Ogden Mark Kiesel. Nieces and nephews, Tara and Kyle Massa, Cheyenne, Tyler and Rowan, Colin and Logan, Kevin, Patrick, and Mary Hayes, and Ella Jane Kiesel all deeply loved by their favorite uncle. He is predeceased in death by his parents Edgar and Alayne Hayes, and many cherished aunts and uncles. The family would like to thank all of those who have reached out and provided their support, as well as provided words regarding his special character and effect on their lives, during this difficult, trying time. Special thanks to our Hoffman Hospice team, especially Michelle Chavez, our angel of help. The AIS Cancer Center, Dr. Ricardo Salas, and Dr. Luis Mariscal and all the nurses and staff that were so supportive through treatments. Everyone on the ICU and Neuro floors at Glendale Adventist Hospital, including his surgeon, Dr. Yaser Bader. Love and thanks also to Eva Enriquez and Dr. Rafael Huezo for going above and beyond to be on call during all our primary care needs. Funeral services will be held at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church located at 900 H Street, Bakersfield, California 93304 on Friday, February 3, 2023, with a Rosary at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Mass at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers to the family, the family requests that you submit donations to the Kern County Cancer Foundation - 6501 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93309. https://kerncountycancerfoundation.org

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