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Greg Hayes: The soul of Jack London State Historic Park

Greg Hayes, the retired ranger many called the soul of Jack London State Historic Park, died Wednesday at the age of 62, after a long struggle with cancer.

Hayes was a rare combination of park ranger and scholar, who earned a master’s degree in American literature from Sonoma State University with a thesis on the subject of his life’s work, entitled, “Jack London’s Agrarian Superheroes.”

Hayes was a writer and poet himself, and, according to his wife, Robin Fautley, “a pretty special guy.”

Fautley and Hayes met, appropriately enough, at Jack London State Historic Park, where they fell in love, married and lived – for 21 years – in the ranger’s house inside the park.

He retired in 2003, but continued seamlessly as a docent, training other docents, writing interpretive text and providing an ongoing presence.


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