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Idaho State Journal, 11/01/11
MONTPELIER- McKay Passey, 90, passed away suddenly at the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital
Manor on Monday, October 31, 2011. He was born in Lanark, Idaho, on April 19, 1921, to
Naomi Bunn and Clarence Passey, and celebrated his 90th birthday this year with all of his
children there. He was born at home and was one of nine children. He spent his early life
on Hammond Creek in Lanark. McKay worked hard on the farm and loved the land and his life
After meeting Bessie Nutt on a blind date, they were married on February 11, 1942, in
Georgetown. They were the parents of four sons and one daughter. Bessie was the love of
his life and they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
McKay and Bessie lived for a while in Paris, then moved to Lanark, where he lived in
the family home where he was born. McKay worked for Clarence Rich feeding cattle and
worked at night at the movie theater in Paris, where he was paid in movie tickets, making
it possible for the young couple to enjoy a lot of movies.
McKay worked at Sleight's Feed Store and stacked hay for many of the ranchers in
the valley for many years. He was drafted into the Army in 1944, and, after taking basic
training in Texas, was shipped overseas to Germany, where he spent 18 months. McKay's
father passed away while he was serving in Germany and his brother, Weston, was also
killed during the war.
McKay went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and worked there for 18 years until he
retired, and then he spent the rest of his life doing what he enjoyed most, taking care
of his cows and his farm and enjoying his family.
McKay loved hunting and went camping every year with good friends and family. He also
enjoyed snowmobiling and doing anything in the outdoors.
McKay is survived by his wife, Bessie; his sons, Larry (Jackie), Rayo, (Sandra), Deloy
(Donna), Clarence (Vickie), all of Paris, and DeeAnn (Dale) Moeller of Indianapolis, Ind.;
25 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his father and mother, his sisters, Thelma Passey, Norma Passey,
Roxie Ila (Weldon) Hess, Vera Lee Passey, and brothers, Clarence Truel (Elva) Passey,
Weston Passey, Russell (Joann) Passey, and Foster Passey. He was also preceded in death
by two granddaughters.
McKay was an inspiration to his family and they will be eternally grateful for the
example he set and for the love he showed to them.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011, at noon at the Liberty LDS
Chapel in Liberty, Idaho. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services.
A viewing will also be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Matthews
Mortuary in Montpelier, Idaho. Interment will be in the Paris Cemetery.
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