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Jay Stanley McKee, 50, of Denver, Colo., and a former Baker City resident, died May 2, 2001, at Denver.
His funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise. Burial will be at the Morris Hill Cemetery. For Mr. McKee’s many relatives and friends in Denver, there will be a memorial service at the new Invesco Field-Bronco Stadium May 20 at 4 p.m.
Mr. McKee was born April 12, 1951, at Lewiston, Idaho, to O.D. “Jay” and Phyllis McKee. He grew up in Baker City, where he was active in the Boy Scouts and achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He was a master counselor in the Baker chapter of DeMolay and was a state officer.
After graduating from Baker High School in 1969, he attended Eastern Oregon College before graduating from the University of Oregon. He then took post-graduate classes in accounting at Portland State University. His summers were spent working in Alaska as a firefighter for the BLM and Forest Service.
Mr. McKee joined his father in the management of Levinger’s Drug Store until its sale. He then moved to Denver, where he worked as a lobbyist. He worked on the initiative to build the new Denver Broncos football stadium, Invesco Field, and was employed by SAFE Colorado, a group working to change gun control legislation.
Mr. McKee loved living in Denver, where he could ski, golf, fish and watch Bronco football games and hockey games. He was very fond of children and had a special relationship with his only niece.
He is survived by his parents, Jay and Phyllis McKee; a sister, Mary Ann Rode, her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Kelsey, all of Boise; uncles and aunts, Jim and Jacki Jansen of Yakima, Wash., and Dick and Helen Jansen of Olympia, Wash.; cousins and many wonderful friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to “Save the Zumwalt Prairie, Oregon” in care of The Nature Conservancy, Box HP, Portland, Ore. 97214, or to the pediatric department of Mountain States Tumor Institute, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83712.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 11, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor