JOHN MICHAEL (MYK) BOYCE SEPTEM­BER 13, 1946 - DE­CEM­BER 28, 2018

The Modesto Bee - - Obituaries -

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.

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