Tristan Nigel Hays
July 7, 1981  -  September 16, 2018

Tristan Nigel Hays

Going Home
Steed Todd Funeral Home Chapel
800 E. Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM  88101
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Grady Cemetery
Grady, NM  88120
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Roever Foundation
PO Box 136130
Ft. Worth, TX  76136
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I served in the Marine.

Tristan Nigel Hays, 37, of Albuquerque, NM, left this earth for his eternal home on September 16, 2018. Born in Portales, NM to Terri Leigh Nation and Mikel Hays, of Clovis, Tristan entered this world on July 7, 1981. He had a rough start, having some medical complications, but God had big plans for him. He soon grew strong and healthy and became a sweet, feisty little boy. He spent most of his young life in Clovis and Albuquerque, NM, graduating from Manzano High School in 2000. He was an exceptional athlete, playing baseball and soccer for many years. With a desire to serve his country, Tristan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002. He completed boot camp in San Diego, CA and served this country until he was medically discharged in 2005. Although his time as a Marine was short, he developed life-long friendships and a deeper sense of appreciation, devotion, and love for his country and fellow-man, especially for those who serve and have served in the U.S. Military. In 2010, Tristan completed his training and education to be an x-ray technician. He was hired at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, NM, in November of 2010, giving him the opportunity to help and serve U.S. Veterans. Reluctant to do so, Tristan attended a four-day Christian Retreat (Walk 106) in April of 2016. There, he met many new friends in Christ, encountered God's mighty love and grace, and on April 9, while at the Walk, dedicated his life to Jesus. He was baptized in a horse trough later that evening. He was truly filled with joy and the peace of God, and has since, never been ashamed to profess his faith in Christ.

Tristan loved his family dearly, and enjoyed get-togethers for special occasions or for no reason at all. He enjoyed biking, running, weight-training, spending time with friends, and his dog, Buddy. Tristan strived every day to be better, do better, always wanting to improve and be the best he could be. He is survived by his parents, Terri Leigh Nation (Steve) of Clovis, and Mikel Hays (Beth) also of Clovis; his siblings, Shannon Clemmer (Curtis) of Fruita, CO, Bryce Fillpot (Mandy) of Lubbock, TX, Baron Fillpot of Albuquerque, NM, Keith White (Kyle) of Huntington Beach, CA, and Ian Hays (Jeliza) of Las Vegas, NV; his grandparents, Lee Nora Hamlett of Clovis, Shara Hays of Wolfforth, TX; and Ann Nation of Clovis; nephews, Jadis, Josiah, Easton, Zane, and Seth; niece, Ellie; and other extended family, Bruce and Mary Sue Fillpot of Albuquerque, NM.

The family would like to thank friends for their love, support, and prayers. Some may say that God took Tristan too soon, but we know He called him home in His perfect timing, and we are grateful for the time we had him here with us. Our minds don't understand and our hearts ache to have him back, but we are provided a bit of comfort knowing that God is in control and we can rest in His promises of everlasting life. We hold on to hope, a living hope in Jesus, who is the anchor for our souls, knowing we will see Tristan again one day, when God calls the rest of us home.

Going Home services for Tristan will be held at Steed-Todd Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 25th at 10:00am. Graveside services will follow in Grady, NM.

Pallbearers will be Bryce Fillpot, Baron Fillpot, Keith White, Ian Hays, Curtis Clemmer, Steve Yurasek, Brian Bradley and John Chiuminatto. Honorary pallbearers: Friends at the Veterans Hospital Radiology Dept., Albuquerque, NM.

Services are under the care of Steed Todd Funeral Home, 800 E Manana, Clovis NM 88101 (575) 763-5541. You may sign the online guest registry at Anyone wishing to make donations may make them in Tristan’s memory to the Roever Foundation (


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  1. Ian Toner
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Deepest condolences. Tristan was a good friend for most of our lives. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the services today but my thoughts were there. So sorry you all have to go though this and know I will never forget him. Rest In Peace, Brother.

  2. Karen Velarde
    Houston, TX

    So very sorry for the loss of Tristan. May God wrap his arms around you a comfort you in this difficult time

  3. Donna Lethgo
    Clovis, NM

    Terri and family Our love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. So so sorry for your loss.

  4. Raquel
    Albuquerque, NM

    Tristan was a great friend. I wish I could be there for the services. I will miss u bunches BFF (as he called it). Prayers for healing, streangh and comfort to his family.
    Love u Trist.

  5. David Harty
    Albuquerque, NM

    I had many great conversations with Tristan over the year we worked the same shift. Always smiling, full of life. This is how I will remember him...may God bless his soul.
    My prayers for his family and friends.

  6. Debbie Connell- McIver
    Duncan, OK

    Mikel, my thoughts are with you and your family. I'm so sad. No one should have to bury their children. Bless...

  7. Brenda/Charles Reader
    Clovis, NM

    Beth and Mikel there are not enough words to express our sympathy for you and your family at this tremendous loss! Just know that our heartfelt prayers are with you all.

  8. Yvette D
    Albuquerque, NM

    Tristan, your smile was like a ray of sunshine, it lit up anywhere you were. We will all miss you dearly. We pray that the Lord lift up your loved ones and surround them with His loving arms. "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me". We will see you again, until then Tristan...Semper Fidelis.
    Love you forever,
    Your VA family

  9. Katie Bartram
    Sandia Park, NM

    Thank you for coming into my life years ago when you played sports with my brother. Thank you for special and funny memories in our early 20s. Thank you for caring and your compassion with my medical issues lately. It meant a lot to me. May you find happiness now that you're home. Love.

  10. Moneek and Felipe Alvarado
    Clovis, NM

    Tristan was such a sweet man. Every time he came into Snappy he always talked to everyone, and we all enjoyed his company. He will be missed by a lot of people .

  11. Kenneth & Patsy Robertson
    Clovis, NM

    Patsy and I have been friends with Dub and Shara for many years. We regret we never got to meet Tristan and others of this family. It is difficult for me to even imagine losing a child or grandson or any young relative so we are praying for all of you in your time of sorrow. May God bless and comfort each of you.

  12. Adam
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Tristan, your going to be missed. Wish we had more time to hang out. May you walk with God and give strength to your loved one to carry on. God Bless.

  13. Donald Smith
    Capitan, NM

    My absolute heart felt condolences and deepest love to all of Tristan's family. But especially his mother Terri; his father Mikel; his sister Shannon; and his brothers Bryce and Barron. God bless you all. I've known Tristan most of his life and he was always an excellent kid and person. An ideal son. The world is a lonelier a place without him. Much more so for his family. There aren't enough words to describe it. I love you all that remain. Again god bless.
    Donald and Sandra Smith

  14. Anita Beckstsead
    Layton, UT

    My heart is heavy for you and your family, Terri. Please let us know if we can do ANYTHING for you! Love you....

  15. Emily Quinn
    Clovis, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Y'all are in my thoughts an prayers.

  16. Felicia Crystal
    Albuquerque, NM

    Tristan your life here was too short, I know God has other plans. You will now be a guardian angel for those who need you ❤️ I’m going to miss you Tristan (Lover). I will always hold dearly the long drawn out conversations we had. You were in my life to teach me something and that will follow me until one day we meet again in Heaven. I know you’re safe where there is no more worry, struggle, pain and most of all no judgement. Be in peace ❤️🙏❤️

  17. kayla norman
    clovis, NM

    My condolences to you and your family.,
    Beth and Mikel our hearts go out to you to overcome the pain.

  18. Raquel
    Albuquerque, NM

    Tristan was a great friend. I wish I could be there for the services. I will miss u bunches BFF (as he called it). Prayers for healing, streangh and comfort to his family.
    Love u Trist.

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