JOHN MICHAEL (MYK) BOYCE SEPTEMBER 13, 1946 - DECEMBER 28, 2018
Myk died from a protracted illness on his own terms Friday December 28th at Memorial Hospital, Modesto. It is with deep sorrow that his decision was honored.
Myk was born 9/13/46 in Newport News, Va. Following the death of his young father (at age 28), the family moved to Wyoming, Washington and finally to Modesto where he attended James Marshal Elementary School. There, he met David Dean whom he still considered his lifelong best friend. The Dean family took this fatherless boy under their wing. They became his second family, including him in family vacations, holidays, and outings learning to hunt and fish. He spent many happy years of his youth and adulthood enjoying these activities.
After graduation from Modesto High in 1965, Mike married, and soon after joined the Navy during the Vietnam War. An unfortunate injury during his tour of duty caused an early honorable discharge. Afterward Myk sold insurance for a few years until the birth of his beautiful baby girl Melissa, followed by baby brother Matthew. More money needed, new job required. So he applied for and was hired as a forklift driver for Merchants Refrigeration and its successor... From which he retired after 30 plus years working for the company.
In later years, health issues limited his physical activity and he became very interested and astute in history, particularly as it applies to politics. He had an impressive knowledge of both political parties and could discourse at length on the merits or demerits of either. He remained however, a devoted democrat!
Myk was a proud American and a proud man. He most enjoyed making others laugh with his quick wit and sense of humor. His latest witticism, “Smile, and keep it simple.” I hope we’ve done ok Myk, and that through our tears you see our smile in remembering and loving you... Until we meet again!
Myk was preceded in death by his parents John H. & Jean Boyce and younger brother Stephen R. Boyce.He leaves behind 2 children: Melissa LaVaughn (Boyce) Hannah and Matthew Michael Boyce, 4 grandchildren : Marissa LaVaughn Sande, Eli A. Boyce, Ava G. Boyce, Tyler M.Boyce and 2 great grandchildren: Johnathan J. Kelm and MaKenna B. Sande. Also, listed in order of delivery, siblings: Sharon Clark(Al), Linda Boyce-Smith, Melinda Moon and Beth Cunningham, and many nieces and nephews.
Dad, you encouraged me to dream big and to go all out and live fully and boldly those dreams, to live my dreams without fear or apology. You shared with me a love and appreciation for the outdoors. I will forever be grateful for those trips to the mountains or the lake. The joy of you taking me fishing and helping me catch my first fish. I will miss your smile, your witty and often times silly humor but most of all, I will miss you and time spent with you. You will forever remain in my heart and be my biggest fan and champion. I will always be Daddy’s best girl – Melissa La Vaughn (Boyce).
To our cherished friend Jason. You were at Myk’s side daily laughing, teasing, and at times... negotiating and cajoling. But more importantly, you made him smile. You have been a blessing. Thank You-S.
And finally, a heartfelt thank-you to the ICU-North staff at Memorial Hospital. Professionalism is expected at your level of training but we (the families in our grief) forget that you have feelings, too. Your empathy and compassion were obvious in our brother’s overdue stay there. And, we would like to thank you on his behalf for the kindness and respect you gave this good soul his last days on earth. You folks are what the best of nursing is about!
Franklin & Downs is honored to be serving the Boyce family. Per Myk’s request, all services will be private.