Michael Joseph Covey, 40, died Friday, July 19, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.
Mike was born on Dec. 5, 1972, in Anchorage, Alaska, the third son of Larry and Sandy Covey.
Mike was an adventurous boy from the moment he was born. When he was young, a bone disease had him in leg braces and crutches, but that didn't slow him down. Whether it was climbing fences, running through fields or wrestling with his brothers, Mike didn't let his ailment get in his way. That time in his life made Mike a strong and determined little guy. The only thing that could slow him down was the birth of his baby sister, Katie. Mike would always be first in line to hold her.
Mike excelled at everything he did. He was an altar server and a Boy Scout. He was an outstanding student who was also responsible for a few grey hairs on some heads in the Mountain Home school system! He was a phenomenal athlete and thrived on competition on the field. He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1991, with the words "Wild Thing" on the top of his cap -- his mother's pride and joy.
After attending the University of Idaho, where he was a member of Delta Chi, he followed his brother, Pete, into work as a lineman -- a dangerous job, and Mike took that challenge head on as well, becoming a journeyman quickly.
Through the years, Mike could be found fishing or hunting with his closest friend, Shawn Coleman. He was the life of the party and was always there for a friend in need.
He was a great son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew and friend to too many to list. He brought light into the lives of those he loved, and hugged you like no one else.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence E. Covey, his grandfather, Walter Covey, and his uncle, Kenneth Ogden.
He is survived by his loving mother, Sandra Covey, brothers Lawrence (Pete) and Matthew, sister Katherine (Katie) Ashby and her husband, Casey, grandparents Ken and Mary Lou Ogden, grandmother Geraldine Covey, nieces Avery and Harper Ashby and so many uncles, aunts and cousins that loved him so very much. His family will never be complete again.
A service will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m. A celebration of Mike's life will follow at Kurly's Bar and Grill.
The Covey Family will forever be thankful to Eric and Nikki Clampitt for the care and love they have given to us all.
Say hi to Dad, Mike. We love you. K.I.S.S.