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Ted Hays


My great grandparents settled the Wallowa Valley in a covered wagon back in the 1870’s. These are my roots, and I loved living with my grandparents on part of the original homestead here.  I was also brought up in Baker City and Sumpter, OR, on a ranch not far from here.

My wife Sharon and I have been married for 55 years and this is where we have raised our three children, Brett, Tyler and Amy and several grand children. We started and ran successfully two different businesses, a bakery/ restaurant, and a sign/graphic arts business before selling and retiring from them 30 plus years later. I also worked in Community Development and Manpower programs for the Eastern Oregon Community Development Council. I studied at Santa Barbara City College and Eastern Oregon University.

My main interest are people, singing, music, fly fishing, tennis, acting, painting, writing and poetry. Of course, what I enjoy most is getting in my pickup and driving around our scenic county with my beautiful bride, Sharon, and her terrific homemade lunches. We are both active members of the Baha’i Faith, and grateful to have been a part of this county and its people.