Steven Lynn McCoy of Boise passed away at home on Thursday, May 31, 2018, after many years of illness. He had just turned 69.
He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on May 27, 1949, the eldest child of Robert W. McCoy and Rose Marie (Wilson) McCoy. He was graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1967 and received a BS in Forestry from the University of Idaho in 1972. He felt proud to be the first in his family to hold a college degree.
Steve married Esther Laraine “Jo” Cole in Twin Falls, Idaho, on August 15, 1971. Subsequently they lived in Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho. While in Sandpoint, Steve worked at Louisiana Pacific, Schweitzer Basin (ski lift operator), and the U.S. Forest Service.
In 1978 they moved to Eugene, Oregon, where Steve continued his career in forestry with the Bureau of Land Management for the next 18 years. It was during these years as a forester that Steve’s medical woes began, starting with a torn cruciate ligament of the knee. As a result, he began working in the office where he became knowledgeable about computers and information technology. In 1996 Steve and Jo chose to move back to Idaho to be nearer aging parents. Steve gained a transfer to the BLM Boise office and worked in IT Telecommunications until retirement in 2012. During his time in Boise he enjoyed working dispatch on weekends at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) at the height of fire season.
Steve deeply loved snow skiing and relaxing in a hot tub afterward. For adventure he took a hot air balloon ride in Arizona, a glider ride near Sun Valley, a tour plane ride over the Sisters Mountains, and parasailed behind a boat in Mexico. Especially during their years in Oregon, Steve and Jo enjoyed many outdoor activities, including backpacking, rafting, riding their Schwinn mountain bikes (on paved paths), and their frequent trips to the coast where they ate crab cocktails and flew kites and rode horses on the beach.
He was a rather extraordinary individual when it came to likes and dislikes. He admired quality and had many different collections. In later years he enjoyed shopping on the Internet and usually bought at least two of everything–just in case. Sometimes he bought extras to give away. He was ever thoughtful and generous to Jo first.
Steve was tenacious in business dealings, proactive in all things, and genuinely curious. He enjoyed talking with others, and he outwardly displayed a positive attitude despite his disability.
His parents, Robert W. and Rose Marie McCoy, preceded Steve in death.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jo McCoy, and his fourth cat, Katie; by his sister, Linda (Robert) Hampton, of Twin Falls, ID; and by his brother, Randy (Leigh) McCoy of Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Jo wishes to thank her nephew and niece, Dave and Tammy Joerger, for their hard work and being by her side during this distressful time.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 8, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, under the direction of Pastor Matt O’Brien.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 6/8/2018 at 02:50 PM