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Community Mourns The Loss of Robert Staple Haynes

Robert Staple Haynes

Robert Staple Haynes was the fifth child born to the late Cleveland Haynes, Sr. and Esteller Fletcher Haynes on December 12, 1938 in St. Joseph, Louisiana. He and his seven siblings grew up in a household full of love and rooted in faith.

He confessed his belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Herman Bryant at the Morning Star Baptist Church.

Haynes distinguished himself as a student and graduated from Tensas Rosenwald High School in 1957. He matriculated to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1959. Robert received his BS Degree in Mathematics from Southern University in 1962.  

Immediately after graduation, he moved to Seattle, Washington with his brother and sister-in-law, Grover and Wanda Haynes, and started his professional life at the Boeing Company, where he remained for one year before being drafted into the United States Army. Soon thereafter, he married his college sweetheart, Malver Baptiste in June 1964. To this union were born two children: Rodney Steven and Robin Simone.

Once Haynes completed his tour, he returned to the Boeing Company for four years, before accepting a position at Liberty Bank of Seattle as a Management Trainee. His banking career spanned over 30 years and included leadership roles at Pacific National Bank of Washington, Seattle First National Bank, Emerald City Bank, Puget Sound Bank, and ultimately Key Bank, where he served as Vice-President/Area Sales Manager until his retirement in 2000. 

Haynes was not only a recognized leader in the Seattle business community; he was also actively engaged in Seattle’s philanthropic community. He demonstrated his commitment to service by lending his expertise as a board member for a variety of non-profit organizations. Some of the entities that benefitted from his wise counsel include: the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Seattle Academy of Finance, Harbor Club of Seattle, and the Washington Special Olympics. The physical distance did not diminish the love for his alma mater, Southern University. The deep connection and affection for Southern led him to be a founding member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Association. He served as the association’s treasurer for 40 years.

Haynes remained dedicated in his spiritual life and was a faithful member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church since August 1965, where he held numerous leadership roles and proved to be an influential voice and valued resource for several key strategic initiatives of the church. His recent involvement as a mentor/teacher with a mentoring program for young males, Team Issaachar, was particularly fulfilling.  

Travel was a passion that Haynes shared with his beloved wife, Malver. They were fortunate to visit six of the seven continents. Haynes loved animals, so he especially relished his two trips to Africa, which included a safari. When not traveling, you could find Haynes on the golf course. He played several times a week with his regular golfing buddies: Richard Collins, Julius Devaro, Walt Braithwaite, Donald and Ruby Patin.

Haynes was a lifelong learner, and continued his education earning an MBA Degree in Finance from Seattle University in 1976 and a Certificate from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in 1982.

Haynes is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Malver; Son, Rodney Haynes of Oakland, California; Daughter, Robin (Bobby) Yearby of Hayward, California; Granddaughter, Maralie Yearby; Grandson, Griffin Haynes Yearby; Brother, Grover (Wanda) Haynes of Seattle, Washington; Sister Ora Brown of Detroit, Michigan; Sister Minnie Martin of Detroit, Michigan; Sister Katie Wright of Atlanta, Georgia; Sister Estella (Ron) Swann of Indianapolis, Indiana; Brothers-in-Law Henry Baptiste and Lloyd (Veronica) Baptiste of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sisters- in -Law, Theresa Baptiste of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Audrey Haynes of Florida and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Team Issachar, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122 or to your favorite charity in his name.

The Homegoing Celebration for Robert Staple Haynes will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time. The service will be live-streamed at: https://my.gather.app/remember/robert-haynes.

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