Martin Mortuary

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO


Ross Andrew Hayner III

July 16, 1973June 29, 2019

Ross Andrew Hayner III, (45), loving father and talented mechanic, passed suddenly Saturday, June 29, 2019. Ross leaves behind his beautiful children, Reece Andrew, Rex Edward, Remmi Jo, his mother and father, Valerie Logan and Ross Hayner II, as well as his five younger siblings; Judd, Shay, Jace, Kelci, Drew, their spouses and children, countless cousins, friends, and neighbors.

Ross was born July 16, 1973 in Gloversville, NY. He came into the world with a wrench in his hand, and it was impossible to keep him out of the tool box. As a boy, you could often find him under his tricycle, fixing this or that - generally banging on the thing. He later graduated from Johnstown High School in Johnstown, NY. Ross married Kelli Nowers, and went on to become a skilled mechanic, automotive professor, shop owner, accomplished hunter, and volunteer firefighter.

Though his fearless attitude took his success to great heights, his greatest pride came from being a father. All three of his kids worked alongside him in the garage, starting in infancy as he did, with a tool gripped in their baby fists. He took great pleasure in tossing his children high in the air, but especially when they showed no fear. Seeing that they were just as brave as he, Ross would snarl his nose and laugh. As the kids grew, so did their projects - he enjoyed crafting makeshift boats and dune buggies in the garage with the boys. He packed the kids with him for week-long elk hunts, or quick day trips to find antler sheds. The mountains were part of him.

Ross had a sparkling wit and a need to tease. As his siblings can attest, Ross’s puppy licks were more common than his hugs. You were as likely to have him tell you he loved you as you were to have him blow up your nose - but we all knew they were one-in-the-same with him. Ross was never as happy as when he was wrestling with his boys, or having Remmi tell him what’s what while she stuck bows in his hair. He was so proud of his kids. He talked endlessly of their accomplishments, how they were more than he could have ever hoped. They were truly his pride and joy.

We will all miss his campfire stories, his laugh, his curious mind, his passion and invention. We will never forget, because how could we? Such a life is not often lived.

He is survived by his children, Reece Andrew (Terrin Legerski), Rex Edward, Remmi Jo, their mother Kelli Jo; mother, Valerie Logan; his father, Ross (Cathy) Hayner II; step father, Jerald Sagers; his brothers, Judd (Lawrel) Hayner, Shay (Andrea) Hayner, Jace (Laura) Hayner, Drew Hayner; his sister, Kelci (Benjamin) Stanfield; step siblings, Kimberly (Eric) Black, Trina (Brent) Beitler, Darek (Denise) Sagers, Laci Ripple, Lori Schriner.

A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens (1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT 84092) on Saturday, July 6 from 12-2. The funeral is to follow immediately after.

If you wish to donate to the Hayner family, you may do so through the following institutions:

Venmo: reece-hayner GoFundMe: gf.me/u/tuyy3n Mountain America Credit Union Memorial Account Account name: Reece Hayner


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 6, 2019


Ross Andrew Hayner III

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Tayna Kahn

July 3, 2019

Heartbroken over this news. I haven’t seen you in a long time, but vividly remember the early days of the Saratoga Springs Fire Dept and serving there with you. You made it fun to work and train. Thanks for the memories.
Hugs and kisses to your family and kids.

Dave Teal

July 3, 2019

Kelli and family, we are heartbroken over your loss and want you to know we all have you in our thoughts. We love you all very much.

Dave and Nancy Teal