The Real McCoy,' Samuel McKinzie McCoy, 25, completed his life early and rejoined his Heavenly Father at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2004. Although Sam's life was short lived, it was filled with so much meaning and joy. Sam proved himself an outstanding athlete early in life by playing various sports. He obtained a third degree Red Belt in Karate at age 11. In 1998, he graduated from Manti High School in Utah. During high school Sam acquired three letters each for wrestling and baseball as well as four letters for his outstanding accomplishments in football. Family and friends will always remember Sam as 'Our Lucky Number 7.' He was named in the Who's Who book of high school athletes in 1998. Sam was born April 20, 1979, in Provo, Utah and moved to Pueblo, Colo. in the summer of 1998 to pursue his dream of playing college baseball. These plans were postponed due to a severe motorcycle accident resulting in a closed head injury. He had a very strong will to survive and battled back from all his obstacles and began working in a partnership in his family's locally owned business, AAA Shamrock Lawn and Landscaping. Sam married Heather (Kanmore) McCoy in 2002 and began their journey together through life. Sam loved life and his family, Heather and son, Christopher, deeply. His hobbies included shooting skeet or 'keeping it in the loop' with his late grandfather, James B. McCoy. He absolutely loved restoring old vintage cars with his father, Elbert 'Ebb' McCoy and younger brother, Gregory McCoy. But most of all he loved his family and enjoyed spending his pastime playing and interacting with his son. Sam was attending Pueblo Community College, majoring in auto body repair and custom painting. He was interning and working part-time at Champlain's Auto Service and Custom Painting. Sam loved his new career and new found friends associated with his internship and work. Sam is preceded in death by grandparents, James B. McCoy, Virginia Strickler McCoy, Edwin 'Ted' and Florice Hjorth Thomas and his favorite uncle, Martin McCoy. Sam is survived by his wife, Heather M. McCoy; son, Christopher; mother and father, Natalie McCoy and Elbert 'Ebb' McCoy; sister, Harmonie S. (Cody) Strickland; brother, Gregory 'Gregster' McCoy; extended family, Tim 'Dad' and Sheila 'Mom' Jahn; sisters, Amber, Kristen and Janelle Jahn; special grandparents, Robert and Irene Lamb; and dearest friends, Tim Schafer, Jason Graves, Rick Schafer and Lenny Carpenter; along with other numerous family members, friends and neighbors. Sam has touched many of our lives with the warmth of his smile and outgoing personality. The phrase 'What's crackin'!' will be forever etched within our hearts. All who knew him truly understand just how genuine of a person Sam was. Sam will be greatly missed by many! Viewing at the funeral home today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Tuesday prior to service time. His funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Bishop Tony Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to his son, Christopher's Education Fund, in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Christmas just passed and it was hard. Thinking of Sabta in the mall…good memories and sad. I really hope you liked the decorations and we’ll do more!! I promise. You know I think of you often and wish everyday you were here!!!

  2. Your birthday just passed and Memorial Day is drawing near. I felt your presence the other day. Thank you!! Just thinking of you and I’ll come see you soon. Love ya ♥ ALWAYS!!!

  3. Hey you 🙂 I know it’s another year and it’s getting close to Christmas…without you here with us. But in all reality it’s another year closer to spending it with you. I know you’re enjoying your time with your Dad but I’m selfish and want you here. Hard to believe I’m so stubborn..haha. Love you!!!! ♥ ALWAYS

  4. Sam, It’s almost your birthday! I hope you like the flowers and balloon. I know you were watching and laughing at the argument over the Disney Princess balloon. I knew you wouldn’t mind…but you know me. I wish everyday you were here!!! I miss you so much!!! Always

  5. I can’t believe another year has passed without you. Still not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and miss you. I still have tearful nights and people lie…because it doesn’t get easier! I love you and can’t wait until we meet again. Please continue looking over us and guide us. Love you!!

  6. Sam, It has been some time now since you were called to heaven. I just want you to know how much we miss you and love you. You will be in our hearts forever. Honestly, I miss you more today than ever. There was so many great things about you. I miss your sense of humor most of all. We talk about you all the time. It is crazy how much you affected all of us in the short time that we had you with us. Miss you and love you always! YOur sis Kristen

  7. To My Beloved Husband Samuel,

    If only just for a moment the tears would only cease
    I have a never ending hunger to have you here with me
    What am I to do?
    The things left undone will never give me peace
    If only my time here were also through
    For this is the one thing in life that can not be undone
    Nothing will ever mend this pain I feel for the loss of you!!!!!
    You are my one and only
    I will love you always!!!!
    Forever, Heather Marie

  8. Hi Sam. Just thinking of you and wanted to let your dad know that I am thinking of him too during this time of year. I miss you so much! Love you

  9. Sam,
    I miss you more than words can say and you are always in my prayers. I dont know if it is appropriate for me to write you a message in here, but I dont know what else to do since I cant just call you up and tell you how I feel. That kills me because any time I ever had a problem or help with something I knew I could count on you to be there to help me fix it. I could just call you up and I knew that you would be there. You are definately the most helpful and generous person I have ever met. I never realized how big a part of my life that you really were. I guess they say you don’t know what you have unitl it is gone. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the wonderful memories, but more importantly taking care of Heather and Chris. I could never tell you thank you enough for that, but I am going to try to everyday of the rest of my life. I have all of these memories that seem painful now, but I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to know you and I know one day they wont hurt as much. You were like the brother I never had. We even fought like brother and sister and to tell you the truth I miss that too. Everytime we would disagree we always ended up mending things over ice cream. Both you and I know how much of a sweet tooth you had. I hope you get to eat all of the ice cream and shakes in heaven that you want. Im smiling just picturing that. I have one last favor to ask from you Sam. Please take care of my grandma, I am sure she is there with you now. I would appreciate it. I Love you and I miss you and you will forever be in my heart.

  10. It’s been almost three years and I don’t know if it will ever get any easier. Life is so hard without you and I miss you terribly. I know you are happy and I pray every day for peace to touch us all. I will never stop loving and missing you!! I just keep reminding myself that heaven is only 26 miles and that one day I will join you!! Merry Christmas!!

  11. I don’t know what to say. I haven’t known him that well these past few years. I am glad that he is my cousin and I will be able to see him again and give him a hug!!

  12. Sam, With your birthday coming up I having been thinking of you alot lately. I am sure you knew before I did about our dad. I know he is there with you now watching over us all. You are forever in our hearts and tell everyone in heaven hi for me -K-. LOVE YOU BROTHER!

  13. Mccoy family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. And my prayers are with you at this time.
    What I remember most about Sam was his willingness and desire to help out the “under dog”. Oh and his smile he had such a wonderful and bright smile.
    Sam you will be greatly missed.

  14. McCoy family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sam was always a part of my family and I have so many great memories of him! Your family is in our prayers. Sam, we’ll always remember your huge smile and your easy laugh. Thank you for being a part of our family, we’ll miss you always.

    Shane, Amy(Robinson) and Jaxton Adams

  15. We can’t express how saddened we are.For several years Sam was like part of our family.We loved the time he spent at our house. We will always remember his bright smile & that wave as he came by our house. Our prayers are with you McCoy family. He was a great kid. Sam we love you! Nyle,Julie,Marci Robinson

  16. Mccoy Family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss.Sam was a very good person and will be missed by many.We were happy to have known him over the years.
    Sincerely, Brear & Martinez Family

  17. We are so sorry to hear about Sam. We loved him as though he was part of our family. We have so many wonderful memories of Sam. We wish we could be there for him now as he was for us so many times. Sam was an amazing person and he will always be in our hearts.
    Sincerely,
    Chad, Nichole, and McKenna Ostler

  18. We are extremly sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the McCoy and Jahn families.

    IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY
    If tears could build a stairway
    And memories were a lane
    We would walk right up to heaven
    And bring you back again

    No farewell words were spoken
    No time to say goodbye
    You were gone before we knew it
    And only God knows why

    Our hearts still ache in sadness
    And secret tears still flow
    What it meant to lose you
    No one can ever know

    But now we know you want us
    To mourn for you no more
    To remember all the happy times
    Life still has much in store

    Since you’ll never be forgotten
    We pledge to you today
    A hallowed place within our hearts
    Is where you’ll always stay

    Mike & Pam

  19. Ebb,
    I just wanted you to know you and your family were in my prayers. Sammy was a terrific human being and will be terribly missed by many! Nell Rupert

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