Starvation State Park in Duchesne will be formally renamed Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation in a May 7 ceremony in Duchesne.
The longtime Utah Division of Parks and Recreation employee served as its director from 2012 until his death in 2018 at age 58.
Hayes began his career with the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation in 1982 as a seasonal ranger at Starvation State Park. He held several positions, including ranger, naturalist, Off‑Highway Vehicle Program manager, deputy director and director, according to the statement from Utah State Parks. Under his directorship, Utah State Parks visitation and profitability grew by leaps and bounds each year.
Following his death in 2018, the Utah Legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert passed a resolution asking that the name of the park be changed to Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation to commemorate Fred Hayes’ positive impact, said Utah State Parks.