In Loving Memory of Stephen Mark Hayes
It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Hayes, a dedicated paramedic who selflessly served the community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark, aged 53, tragically lost his life while carrying out his noble duties with Charlotte Medic. His departure on May 13th, 2023 has left a void in the hearts of all those who knew him.
Born on February 18th, 1970, Mark was a soul who touched countless lives throughout his career as a paramedic. Joining the EMS agency in 1997, his unwavering commitment to saving lives and providing critical care to those in need was an inspiration to his colleagues and a source of comfort to countless patients. Mark approached each day with an unwavering dedication, bravery, and a deep sense of empathy, making him a beloved figure within the Charlotte community.
Beyond his remarkable professional achievements, Mark was a loving husband and devoted father. He leaves behind his beloved wife Taryn Hayes of 7 years, whose unwavering support fueled his tireless efforts in the field. Mark's five children Lauren, Jackson, Lydia, Colton, and Baby “K” were the pride and joy of his life, and his memory will forever live on through them. He instilled in them the values of selflessness, and the importance of helping others, ensuring that his legacy will continue to shine brightly.
Mark also leaves behind his mother, Norma M. Hayes of Huntersville, NC and brother Clint Hayes and wife Sandy, along with nephew Cooper of Rock Hill, SC. He is preceded in death by his father Walter Stephen Hayes.
Mark's friends and colleagues remember him as a true hero, always ready to lend a helping hand and offer comfort to those in distress. Said of him by one of his colleagues, “Mark was the kind who they could have absolute confidence in that he knew how to take control of a situation and quickly determine the next necessary steps for the good of those who was serving.” His warm smile, kind words, and reassuring presence brought solace to countless individuals during their most challenging moments. Mark's dedication to his work extended beyond the boundaries of his profession, as he often served his faith family at Carolina Family Church of Salisbury, NC and offering medical support during local high school events.
In his rare moments of respite, Mark enjoyed spending time with his family, nurturing his love for fishing, working in the yard, and tinkering around the home, Mark’s love for life was infectious and his positive energy uplifted those around him.
While the void left by Mark's departure is immeasurable, his memory will forever be cherished by his family, friends, colleagues, and the countless lives he touched throughout his career. His selfless dedication and unwavering commitment to the well-being of others serve as an everlasting reminder of the power of compassion and the impact that one individual can make.
Family will receive friends at Huntersville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 – 8:30 PM. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mark Hayes will be held on Thursday, May 18th also at Huntersville United Methodist Church at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Carolina Family Church of Salisbury, NC (PO Box 1253, Granite Quarry, NC 28072) in Mark's honor, as he held their mission close to his heart. Additionally, donations may also be sent to Huntersville United Methodist Church (PO Box 378, Huntersville, NC 28070).
You may also support the family by making a contribution to the Mark Hayes & Family Memorial Fund by visiting https://gofund.me/d27134a8.
Mark, you will be deeply missed, but your legacy of love, kindness, and service will forever resonate within our hearts. May you rest in eternal peace, knowing that you made a significant difference in the lives of so many.