OBITUARY

Scott Richard Hayes

December 20, 1961August 18, 2021

Scott R. Hayes, of Leander, TX has passed away unexpectantly after losing his battle with Covid on 8/18/21. Scott succeeded in just about everything he attempted. Some folks would say he had the Midas Touch, having the ability to make everything he worked on profitable either mentally, physically, or monetarily, but Covid proved to be too much for him. Scott was the son of Richard A. Hayes, previously deceased, and Barbara E. Hayes of Harrisburg, PA and was born in Denville, NJ. Scott grew up in Penfield, NY just outside of Rochester. He was an Eagle Scout and went on to attend SUNY Geneseo where he earned a degree in Business and Computer Science. Scott became a highly successful and respected businessman. He built his first company, DGI – Database Guys, Inc., with the help of his ex-wife Paula Guerrero. He sold it in 2003 but then started his second company, DBI, in 2005. During this time, he had huge corporate clients but was most proud of his work with the TSA, helping them improve security measures. DBI employed over two dozen people across the US. He sold DBI in 2018. With both companies he stayed on as a consultant. He was also an international speaker at the IDUG conferences and held webinars followed by thousands and viewed by millions around the world. He was an IBM Db2 Gold consultant, one of only fifty in the world, and one of just three IBM lifetime champions in the world. The Lifetime Champion Award is the highest honor bestowed by IBM to non-employees. Scott held a patent for his work, Patent #6772411, which revolutionized the way databases aggregate information in online customers' shopping carts and made websites run faster and more efficiently. He was a brilliant man. Scott loved life and lived BIG. He traveled the world for both business and pleasure, often traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He had so many travel miles it was not beyond him to fly to Ireland just to get a Guinness if the mood struck or the points were expiring! He took many weekend getaways with friends and made friends wherever he went. Since his passing his family has heard from people who will miss him all over the world! Beside travel by plane, Scott owned a boat which he enjoyed for years on Lake Travis. He would take family out for the day to go tubing and swimming and always had a beer to share. He owned a classic Corvette of which he was very proud, and his Harley was also one of his fun pastimes. Scott belonged to the “Sons of Arthritis” motorcycle club and helped to plan the monthly routes. He recently joined the Central Texas Harley Owners Group but was not able to spend time with them before passing. Scott enjoyed running half marathons and went to many Hard Rock Marathons across the country. He ran in Phoenix, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, just to name a few. Besides running, he and his ex-wife Janie Hayes enjoyed ballroom dancing as well. Scott loved to cook and was always inviting friends to share a meal with him, either at his place or a local restaurant. Most recently, bird watching had become a favorite activity, resurrected from years of watching the birds with his grandmother when he was a child. At the time of his passing, Scott was putting the finishing touches on an autobiography, the proceeds of which were going to go to a charity he had become passionate about this last year, Safe Austin and the Safe Alliance. The Safe Alliance exists to stop abuse for everyone by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and domestic violence. In addition to his mother, Scott is survived by his daughters, Brianna Hayes of Worcester, MA and Sarah Hayes of Round Rock, TX, his sisters, Cherie Pepperman, wife of Dennis Pepperman of Harrisburg, PA and Sandra Thompson, wife of Richard Thompson, of Cedar Park, TX, as well as nieces and nephews, Tom Saber, Kat Saber and Megan Saber, all of Harrisburg, PA and Annalise Thompson and Zachary Thompson, of Cedar Park, TX. He also leaves many extended family members and friends saddened and shocked at his passing. A celebration of his life will be held on Lake Travis once it is safe for large gatherings and travel to Texas. Please continue to watch his social media for postings of this event. In the interim, please consider making a memorial gift to Safe Austin to honor the life of Scott Hayes.

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Jonathan Mercereau

September 4, 2021

Scott and I became good friends over the last year. He and I would try to meet up for dinner once a week to share thoughts on life, talk about upcoming travels, drink, and generally have a good time. His vibrant personality and sage life advice will be missed, but I am forever grateful for the wisdom he imparted in our short time together.

Scott, take care, man. See you later.

Rajesh Pandhare

August 28, 2021

Scott's Db2nightshow helped many like me to gain valuable knowledge and advance in carrier, Scott also encouraged me to take part in DB2 got talent 2015 competition, I first met Scott at Dublin in 2015 for IDUG EMEA. He is true lion-hearted Man and He will always be in my memories. Thank you Scott for all guidance, help and inspiration.
When My VISA for Dublin IDUG conference got rejected first, Scott send special letter to embassy stating my situation and asked me to re-apply, and I got my VISA. In Dublin he helped me a lot and introduces me to many IBM Legends. Very few people do this for unknown person from another country. He is role model for "Act of Giving", He done so many kind things for IBM DB2 community. We lost real life HERO, Thank you for everything Scott.

Susan Gausden

August 27, 2021

I feel privileged to have met Scott at numerous Gold Consultants Briefings across North America, with fond memories of the Hayes Mansion and of our early morning jogs around the streets of Vegas from the Mandalay Bay.

A very special memory was a Gold Briefing in Anaheim, where a group of us went to Disneyland one evening. Scott asked me to ride the ferris wheel with him; he seemed uneasy taking the ride alone. On the ride we talked briefly about DB2, but we mainly had a philosophical discussion about life.

I learned a lot about Scott that evening. He embraced every challenge that came his way and he treated everyone as his best friend.

His zest for life will be sorely missed.

Kelly Fitzgerald

August 27, 2021

Scott you will truly be missed. You were the kindest person i knew when it came to helping young IT people get a foot in the door and my career would never have accelerated without your mentorship and friendship.

I pray for your family and friends in this time of loss, and I know you are no longer suffering and in pain. Please say Hi to Adam when you see him, give him a big hug.
We love you and your family.

Kelly "Fitz" Fitzgerald

Psalm 34:18. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Terry Mason

August 27, 2021

As a founding board member of IDUG, I can tell you we needed all of the amazing DB2 people we could find to help build up our community. Scott Hayes was an absolute DB2 superstar for us. His cool, engaging persona drew in everyone. He was our friend and we will all miss him.

Pete Suhner

August 26, 2021

Strong opinions, a clear mind, seemingly infinite powers, always good for new ideas and surprises - and of course sheer joy and enthusiasm for life: Indeed, a very unusual, extraordinary personality. This is how I knew Scott from so many conference gatherings and Board meetings at IDUG.

Knowing you was a motivating enrichment, and it's truly saddening to see you going, Scott - rest in peace!

My heartfelt condolences to his family and close ones.

Janttu Lindroos

August 26, 2021

Good memories from many IDUG Europe conferences. Scott was always friendly and an excellent entertainer. Scott arranged many dinner parties which you were always feeling very welcomed.

I appreciate his Db2 knowledge and how he shared the information with all the Db2 people over the world. After his sessions he always asked the audience if we learnt even a single new thing during the session. And every time the answer was yes. He taught us a lot. Scott also visited in Finland’s regional Db2 user group meeting in 2015 which was very appreciated.

It was a pleasure and honor to know Scott personally. He will be certainly missed.

Condolences to his family and closest ones.

Janttu Lindroos
Finland

Andrew Leung

August 25, 2021

Hi Scott,

Not only a good vendor but also you were a great teacher to me. All these years I had been learning a lot of database skills from you, especially your insight in database performance which something I have been very impressed with.

Rest in peace.

Regards,
Andrew Leung

Roberto Navarro

August 25, 2021

I met Scott at the audition for the Db2 got talent 2015, he was directing the show and chatting with the judges and the contestants with his charismatic personality and his radio announcer voice, I had the joy of getting an award when reaching the final, I started chatting with Scott by direct message on twitter, he was a mentor for my career, and I know that for many DBAs as well, when he learned that the got talent award was not enough to complete the payment of my flights to the Db2 Symposium in Veldhoven, Netherlands 2016, he told me "you know what? I really liked your presentations and the enthusiasm you put into the contest, he took out his american express and covered the expenses of all the flights from Guadalajara, México to Amsterdam by Vayama", he blessed and wished me luck for my travel, we had more talks about the experience and how to grow my career, since then many good things have happened in my Db2 DBA LUW life, I learned a lot with the # Db2NightShow and with the db2 contests, my thoughts and prayers with Scott, good friend and mentor I am sad and already missing him.

Reed Meseck

August 25, 2021

So many memories, so many Gold Consultant meetings, IDUG conferences, IBM conferences, dinners together and telephone conversations.

When I think about Scott, I think about the eternal optimist melded with the talent and energy to execute anything he put his mind to. He was the guy who would turn lemons into lemonade in any circumstance or conversation - and not just ANY lemonade, the World's Best Lemonade you ever had.

He had a unique way of making people feel comfortable and valuable and I think that was his secret weapon. That smile and half laugh broke the ice in the most tense environments and instantly put others at ease.

He was brilliant but self deprecating and loved to joke around. At the same time you could have the deepest technical discussion with him and debate with all courtesy and respect. I respected Scott immensely.

Our last conversation was about my impending move to Texas and we joked about exchanging brain dumps over dinner on a more frequent basis since I would not be far away.

Selfishly, I think about those brain dumps we didn't get to have because I always learned so much just sitting back and listening. About life, about tech, about IBM - the subject didn't matter.

It was always hopeful, uplifting and encouraging. I cannot remember a single time, even when he didn't like something, that he sat there and complained. He might make some dry quip of humor about it to make a point, but would move on.

I will miss my friend, dearly.

FROM THE FAMILY