Kevin Michael McCoy, 1983-2009, grew up in Eagle County
To in any way contain the life, love, humor, and spirit of Kevin McCoy in words is impossible, and not necessary. Without exception, everyone who knows Kevin holds in their hearts stories and memories that come pouring out when they hear of his all too soon death.
Born in Glenwood Springs, Kevin attended the McCoy School until it closed and then went to Eagle, graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 2001. He joined the Navy straight out of school and graduated from Great Lakes in October, 2001, moving on to achieve honors from A-school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in February, 2002.
His home port was Fort Hueneme in Oxnard, Calif., as a member of NMCB3. Kevin did tours in Okinawa, Jordan, Africa, and Iraq.
Doing an amazing job of keeping in touch with all those who loved him here at home, it wasn’t unusual to get a phone call in the middle of the night and be happy about it. In the Navy he just added another family to his roster.
He brought home to Colorado his beautiful wife, Jennifer Lagos. They were married Nov. 22, 2006, and followed up with son, Cooper Michael (June 12, 2007). We all look forward to welcoming their second child in September. The family is living in Yampa, Colo.
Kevin started working for the Union Pacific Railroad, out of Bond, Colorado, as a signal man in 2006, joining his father and brother as railroaders and adding yet another family to his roster.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Thomas and Cora McCoy, and Manford Miller.
He is survived by wife Jennifer; son Cooper; his parents, Mike and Shelly, of Bond; in-laws Mike and Linda Lagos, of California; brother Kelsy, sister-in-law Holly and their children, Allissa, Delany and Cody, of Bond; brother-in-law Shawn Lagos; grandparents Marilyn Miller, of Pueblo, Colo., Benito and Mollie Lagos, of California, Skip and Molly Ramsey, of California; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
There are things we need to do for Kevin because his life was so short and he would hate these tears: hug your kids and your wife (hard), hug your family and friends, go snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, anything else out-of-doors, wrestle someone to the ground and tickle them until they beg (try not to hurt them), play a prank (it’s gotta be good ” he was the master), stop and help somebody (he had an uncanny ability of showing up when you needed him the most), hug your kids (life is short), and don’t say good-bye (he hated good-byes).
Also, please write down your favorite memory of Kevin, and bring us photos to copy, as we are putting together a book for his children so they can come to know him through others. Mail them toBig Hat Ranch, P.O. 255, McCoy ,CO 80463.
In lieu of flowers there is an account set up at American National Bank for Kevin’s children.
Please come and celebrate his life at The McCoy School at 1 p.m., Saturday.