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Lance/ Corporal JACOB. D. HAYES

Lance/Corporal JACOB D. HAYES, 24, was born in Plano, Texas, 28 July, 1984 and also lived in Allen. As a United States Marine, Jacob, an 0311 (rifleman), served as a SAW-gunner (M249 Squad Automatic Weapon) also known as a Light Machine Gun in combat in Iraq with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Before shipping out for Iraq he was also trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. After being injured in Iraq he began to have seizures as a result of those injuries, which prevented him from doing his job and was given a medical discharge. On 17 December 2008, Jacob passed away as a result of those injuries. He was buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park with full Military Honors.

Medals Awarded:
Rifle Expert Badge
Combat Action Ribbon

Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
National Defense Service Medal

To see a slideshow of pictures put together by Jacob's mother go here.

Star Community Newspapers
December 23, 2008

Jacob Daniel Hayes age 24, of Allen, Texas passed away on December 17, 2008.

He was born on July 28, 1984, in Plano, Texas to James Hayes and Bambi Dawn (Willis) Hayes. He was just accepted into the Collin College Fire Academy and served his country proudly as a combat veteran in Iraq as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marines Kilo company, 3rd battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine division. He is survived by his parents, daughter, Lillie Ruth Hayes and sister, Jennifer Power all of Allen, Texas; brother, James Hayes and wife Kelly of Sulphur Springs, Texas; sister, Julie Hayes-Smith and husband Kevin of Austin, Texas; nephews, Hayden Power, Dylan Power and Brittnye Loewen of Allen, Texas; grandparents, James and Glynda Willis of Quitman, Texas; Suzanne Parten of Allen, Texas; J.C. and Margaret Hayes of Little Elm, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2008 in the Chapel at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, with Terry Eaton officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Cemetery in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

On December 17, 2008 Jacob Hayes tragically passed away, leaving behind a young daughter who will come to know her father through the legacy that his family and friends will pass on. Jacobís life was a testament to the perseverance, humility, strength, and compassion to which we all strive. Lance/Corporal Hayes proudly served as a United States Marine in Iraq and upon his return aspired to a career in firefighting as a means to maintaining the physical excellence, commitment and loyalty to comrades, public service, and possibility of danger Jacob loved so much yet never wavered under.

Jacob struggled to find the funds necessary to attend Fire Academy at Collin College and equally so to pass the tests required for admittance to the program. The tests he passed, but news of acceptance to the program came just a few days too late. To honor Jacobís accomplishment a scholarship has been established in his name at the Collin College Foundation. It is my hope that we can pass on his legacy by providing financial assistance to deserving applicants. The Jacob Hayes Memorial Scholarship will hopefully raise enough funds to help cover the cost of Fire Academy for an equally deserving applicant each year.

Please join this group to help spread information about this scholarship and receive updates about future fundraising events. If you would like to donate, or know anyone who would, please send checks payable to Collin College Foundation with a memo for the Jacob Hayes Memorial Scholarship. Send checks to:

Collin College Foundation
4800 Preston Park Blvd., Suite A100
Plano, TX 75093

Or for a more convenient method, please visit the Collin College Foundation website:

Be sure to specify that your funds should go to the Jacob Hayes Memorial Scholarship.

Messages to Jacob's memory and to his family from the Patriot Guard Riders, (click link below)