In honor of Father’s Day, we dedicate a special tribute to Larry Hayter. Without him, For the Hayters would simply not exist.
For those of you who haven’t had the privilege to know Larry, he is a kind, gentle, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He also suffers from Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of Dementia that impairs his ability to communicate.
Because of this, it becomes harder with each passing day for Larry to continue sharing stories about his life with those he loves most.
So, this week, we share them for him.
The son of Rosco and Daisy, Larry Hayter grew up a military brat - with a father who quickly rose from the ranks as an enlisted man to a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He and his siblings relocated often as a result of his father’s career, and he even spent his high school years in the Philippines – an experience that Larry recounts fondly.
Larry recalls his father fondly, too – often alluding to – and eventually adopting - his father’s “work hard, play hard” mentality.
He graduated from high school early in order to follow in Rosco’s footsteps and enlist; but in spite of his father’s Navy career, joined the Marines instead in 1973 during the height of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Larry went on to serve four years, where he worked in the Pentagon.
His time in the Pentagon taught him a wealth of information about computers – which involved complexities most of us would find difficulty understanding. But Larry was a natural; he learned all that he could, and applied his knowledge of computers as a diplomatic consultant in British Columbia for the following two years.
A notable moment in his career was during his contract with AT&T, where he helped develop software called 800 Portability. The software gave the companies the ability to change providers while keeping the same 800 number.
But Larry wasn’t just a strong employee; he was an entrepreneur. He went on to start his own company, Pro-Cubed Corporation, where he ultimately developed new software called ZELA. The product, which maximizes the use of tape media(drives) by consolidating data sets, was used by Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Prudential, Motorola, and many other Fortune 500 companies – some of which remain clients today.
Despite his massive career success, Larry never fails to make it known that his greatest accomplishment is his family. In 1985, he married the love of his life, MaryAnne, and is a father to five loving children: Larry, Jr., Kimberly, Justin, Alexsandra, and Rebecca.
Larry, his wife, and his children, join us Wednesday, June 19thfor an episode that celebrates their father’s legacy, and reminds us that even if the future with a loved one looks different than you imagined, it doesn’t mean it can’t be bright.