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Mourners are remembering David Michael Hayes, who died in an accident Thursday, as a true friend, someone who would do anything for a person in need — or for a couple thousand of those people.

Hayes had been a drug and alcohol counselor for many years, his friends said.

“He helped literally thousands of people,” friend and colleague Dalene Robinson of Yucca Valley said Friday. “A lot of people called him Guru or Big Papa; he was everybody’s helper and friend. He was just all about wanting to be there for people when they were struggling with the disease of addiction.”

Julie Wright worked with Hayes from 1992 to 2002, when Wright was the co-executive director of Morongo Basin Behavioral Health and Hayes was the director of the drug and alcohol court-ordered programs there.

“Dave helped thousands of people go to treatment and then stay sober. He was a true friend to literally hundreds upon hundreds of people,” Wright said via email. “Dave and I become dear friends during this time and I consider him to be one of the most loving, giving, helpful people I’ve ever known.”

Lisa Robinson, a longtime Yucca Valley resident, knew Hayes for about 17 years. “He would do anything for anybody,” she said. “He was the most kind, loving person.”

She remembered a time when she was delivering papers and her car broke down in the middle of her route at 4:30 in the morning. “I called him and he came from Joshua Tree, gave me his truck so I could finish the deliveries and stayed with my car for the tow truck. He was that kind of person.”

Hayes did an even bigger service for Lisa Robinson. “My dad was too sick to fly in for my wedding, so I asked him if he would give me away, and he did,” she said.

“He was just always there for anybody who needed anything, a place to live, a ride somewhere, a ride to a meeting, a ride to rehab,” Robinson said.

“I guess the best thing I could say is it’s truly a blessing to have made such wonderful memories with a person like Dave.”

Hayes’ survivors include his parents and his son. (Reprinted from Hi-Desert Star- By Stacy Moore; Photo: Val Walker)

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