WESTBY/LA CROSSE — Truman Daniel “Dan” Hayes, 92, of Westby and formerly of La Crosse died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born in Racine on Nov. 23, 1918, to Truman Elliot and Etta (Spencer) Hayes.
Dan loved sports of all kinds and was particularly fond of golf which he played well into his later years. During his high school and early college years he ran the mile and 2-mile races. Dan married Ruth McReynolds on Dec. 7, 1941. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1947 where he set the physical fitness record for the 2nd Air Force.
Dan’s love of music set him on his career as a composer and teacher. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in piano and composition. In 1950-1951 he earned a master’s degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., studying composition with the American composer Bernard Rogers. Later he earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois, again in composition. He was active in the Congregational Church choir and the La Crosse Choral Union.
Dan taught both composition and theory at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse from 1962 until his retirement in 1988. He had many local performances at both UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University by the La Crosse Symphony and Choral Union. Chamber music and songs were performed at summer festivals and by drama departments.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; a daughter, Dorothy Martirano of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; two sons, Edward N. Hayes (Marie Gelinas) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Joseph S. Hayes (Cynthia Hoff) of Westby; grandchildren, Alexander Martirano, Megan Adamiak, John Martirano and Joshua, Jennifer, Daniel, William, Alana and Samuel Hayes; great-grandchildren, Josef and Alexander Adamiak, Spencer and Miles Hayes and Isabella Dorothy Martirano; two brothers, Robert Hayes (Joyce Priester) of Golden, Colo., and Larry Hayes (Maggie Parker) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and a sister, Mary Helen Albrecht of Wilson, N.C.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel A. at age 7, and Robert A. at age 40; and also by two brothers and two sisters.
He is loved and will be missed by many.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at First Congregational Church UCC in La Crosse with the Rev. Bill Hoglund officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 6 p.m. until service time.
Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at selandsfuneralhome.com.