Finis Troy "Tim" Hayhurst, 84, of American Falls, Idaho passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home in Pocatello, Idaho.
Tim was born October 12, 1926 in Oak Grove, Arkansas; the youngest of three children of Troy Mac and Della Ethel (White) Hayhurst.
When Tim was nine years old his family moved to Payette, Idaho where he graduated from high school in 1944. After graduation he went to live with his sister while he attend Northern Idaho College of Education for one year. He then was drafted into the army and spent his overseas duty in Korea. He received his honorable discharged on October 25, 1946 as a Sergeant Chief Clerk. He was decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupations Medal in Japan. He was always grateful for the G.I. Bill as it gave him his college education.
Tim re-entered NICE in 1947 and received his bachelor’s degree in Education. It is here that he met “the love of his life,” Sylvia Beckman. They were married August 7, 1949.
Tim’s first teaching job was in Winchester, Idaho where he taught for two years. In 1951, Tim and Sylvia moved to Stites, Idaho where he was the Unit Superintendent for eight years at Clearwater Valley High School. He returned to college at the U of I where he received his Masters in Educational Administration in 1955.
The Hayhurst’s moved to American Falls in 1959. Where he served as high school principal for 11 years. In 1970 he accepted the position of Director of Admissions at Idaho State University and held that position for 14 years. In 1984 he returned to the American Falls School district as the superintendent of schools until his retirement in 1987.
Throughout his life Tim was involved in baseball, basketball and football both as a player and a coach. Tim managed the State High School Basketball tournament for twenty years and the State High School Football Playoffs for nine.
Hayhurst received numerous state and national honors throughout his career. His most cherished awards came in 1989 when he was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame, and in 1991 he was inducted into the University of Idaho’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was honored by the A.F. Education Foundation with the Service to Education Award.
His civic duties include 8 years on the A.F. City Council and 11 years on the A.F. Library Board. An avid golfer, Tim, was a longtime member of Lion’s Club and Elk’s Club. He and his wife are both active in their church and enthusiastic supporters of many school and community activities.
He considered his greatest accomplishments as “being able to survive 38 years in public education with the feeling that if he had the opportunity to start again he would make the same professional decision. He didn’t get rich monetarily, but is extremely rich in things money can’t buy such as the opportunity to help mold young lives. He was proud of his former students and fellow educators.
The Hayhurst’ have three children Debbie (Jim) Tiede, Tami Jones, and Mike (Sharon) Hayhurst. They have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in American Falls on Friday, March 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a rosary service following. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls with a viewing from 9:45-10:45. In lieu of flowers the family has set up an account at Key Bank in American Falls for donations to the A.F. Education Foundation and the A.F. Golf Association. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Idaho Veteran’s Home staff for their wonderful care over the past year. Also, Davis-Rose Mortuary for their support this past week. Thank you.