Kevin Hayes lived in Hayward, across San Francisco Bay from Candlestick Park, and worked as a welder and machinist. He grew up in San Mateo, attending Hillsdale and Aragon high schools and Chabot College.
His Facebook page was filled with fond memories.
Asked to describe their son, his parents talked over each other.
“He was a …” began his father.
“Fun loving, easily pleased …” added his mother.
“Loved simplicity, loved family…” said his father.
Their son, they said, found humor in life around him, was content with just a couple bucks in his pocket, and thrilled that his brother had found love.
He spent as much time as he could walking on the beach at Half Moon Bay and planned to move there eventually.
“He loved the serenity of the ocean,” Dennis Hayes said.
Janet Hayes said the family still passionately supports the 49ers but she was unsure when they would return to Candlestick Park.
“It’s going to be hard to go to a game in the near future,” she said. “We’re not ready yet. We have to have some time.”