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Frank Haynes, former Sunbelt Communications VP of Engineering, dies at age 86

Frank Haynes, former president of  VP of Engineering for Sunbelt Communications (now Intermountain West Communications Company) died last friday
Frank Haynes, former president of VP of Engineering for Sunbelt Communications (now Intermountain West Communications Company) died last friday
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Updated: 4/09/2013 10:17 am
Frank Haynes worked as the VP of Engineering for Sunbelt Communications (now Intermountain West Communications Company) from 1984 – 2009. Most of those years were spent at KRNV, our Reno station, with his final 5 years at Channel 3 in Las Vegas.

By all means, Frank was a skilled engineer, but it was his endearing personality and million dollar smile that could really light up a room. Frank will forever be in the hearts of the News 3 family while our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Frank Hayne’s Obituary:

Frank M. Haynes passed away at the VA Medical Center on April 5, 2013. 

A memorial service with be held at 2 pm Tuesday at Sebrell Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 1 pm.

Frank was born on November 9, 1926 in Jackson, MS to the late Frank M. Haynes, Sr and Linda Haynes. He attended Jackson Public School and graduated from Central High School in 1944. He attended Cook’s School of Electronics and received his degree in engineering.

After serving in WWII, Frank began his career in Broadcast Engineering. He helped start WJTV 12 news station in Jackson MS and was Assistant Chief Engineer for many years. Frank later worked for RCA which led him to travel to Iran. It was here he worked on Kish Island and worked on the Shah of Iran’s winter palace.

He later moved to San Antonio, TX before settling in Las Vegas, NV. He was Vice President of Engineering for Sunbelt Communications in Las Vegas.

In 2004, Frank was honored by being inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame by the NV Broadcasters Association. He is preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Haynes.

Frank was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who always thought of everyone else before himself. He is survived by Dot (Joe) Lewis of Houston, TX; George (Donna) Haynes of Madison, MS; Blake (Renee) Haynes of Canton, MS and Cheryl (Hardy) Geohegan of Jackson, MS. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olde Towne Community Church, 220 W. Ridgeland Ave. Ridgeland, MS 39157 --- P.O. Box 197 Ridgeland, MS 39158 --- 601-856-0652 --- Ridgeland, MS.
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