Ricky Nelson Hayes

Ignacio resident Ricky Nelson Hayes died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. He was 31. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Mr. Hayes was born to Ira Hayes and Joan Olguin on Nov. 24, 1980, in Fort Carson. He attended schools in Cortez, Ignacio and, most recently, Pueblo Community College in Durango, where he was studying computer science.

“Ricky had a great interest in computers and wanted to learn all that he could about them,” his family said. “He enjoyed ‘hanging out’ with his friends and his cousins, and his family fondly recalls that he was a great cook and made the best enchiladas.”

Mr. Hayes was an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe.

Watching sports was also a favorite pastime. Mr. Hayes was a University of Kansas basketball fan and followed the Oakland Raiders.

“He also respected and observed wildlife while he was living in Ignacio,” his family said.“ He was especially interested in eagles.”

Mr. Hayes is survived by his mother, Joan Olguin, of Ignacio; father, Ira H. Hayes, of Towaoc; brothers Aaron Hayes of Ignacio and Wyatt Hayes of Denver; sister, Marlene Hayes, of Ignacio; grandmother Garnet Olguin of Ignacio; former wife, Carlita Armstrong, of Ignacio; one niece and two nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel, 1261 East Third Ave., in Durango. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Friday after the viewing, also at Hood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, in Ignacio. The Rev. Douglas Hunt will officiate. Burial will occur at Ignacio West Cemetery.