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Jeffrey “Jeff” Stuart McVey August 29, 1949 - January 15, 2024

Jeffrey “Jeff” Stuart McVey, 74, passed away on January 15th, 2024, in Meridian, ID with his family and friends by his side. Jeff was born on August 29, 1949, in Dayton, OH and was the only child of Stanley and Loretta McVey. He is survived by son, Darrell M. McVey of Boise, ID, and his twin daughters Sarah E. McVey of Los Angeles, CA, and Rachel A. McVey of Denver, CO.

Jeff embarked on his journey from Ohio to the U.S. Navy, where he honed his skills as an avionics technician over four years of dedicated service. Stationed in Vietnam at the Cam Ranh Bay airbase, he adeptly repaired anti-submarine warfare equipment on the formidable P-3A and P-3C Orion aircraft. Transitioning to civilian life in 1973, Jeff brought his expertise to Moffett Field, CA, supervising the maintenance of P-3C flight simulators until 1989.

Continuing his career path, Jeff ventured to Montana, working as an industrial radiographer for Montana X-Ray in Billings. In 1992, he embraced a new role as an aircraft avionics inspector and technical writer with the US Department of Interior’s Office of Aviation Services (OAS) in Boise, ID. Notably, Jeff spearheaded the formation of a union, leading Local 2052 of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) at OAS, marking a significant milestone in his professional journey. He devoted his efforts to OAS until his well-deserved retirement in 2022, commemorated by a prestigious 50-year federal service pin.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Jeff explored a diverse range of hobbies. From culinary adventures and a deep love for music to his skilled craftsmanship in woodworking, he found joy in many pursuits. Notably, Jeff held the world’s largest collection of tire ashtrays, showcasing his unique and eclectic tastes. In recent times, he cherished moments attending concerts with his daughters. However, it was his unwavering passion for automobiles that truly shaped his life. Jeff immersed himself in car culture, regularly attending shows and museums. He proudly boasted a collection of classic cars and actively engaged in races, including participating in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross events alongside his son, Darrell. His need for speed led him to the renowned Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where he not only competed but also volunteered as a car safety Technical Inspector. In a standout moment in 2019, Jeff achieved an impressive milestone, setting a National Record in the “D” Diesel Streamliner class at Bonneville, achieving speeds exceeding 253MPH. This feat earned him a place in the esteemed Bonneville 200MPH Club. Jeff’s expertise extended beyond borders, as he earned an International License from the FIA, fulfilling the role of LSR Scrutineer at the 2023 Bolivia Speed Trials held at the Salar de Uyuni.

Jeff’s legacy is woven with threads of dedication, innovation, and a zest for life that touched all who knew him. He leaves behind a lasting impact on the aviation and automotive communities, forever remembered for his unwavering commitment and indomitable spirit.

A celebration of life will be held for Jeff at The Bowman Funeral Parlor in Garden City, ID at 10254 W Carlton Bay Dr, Boise, ID 83714 on Saturday March 30, 2024, at 11am. Per Jeff’s wishes, the family will be spreading his ashes at the Bonneville Salt Flats during World of Speed September 6-9th 2024 and invite all who can attend either event.

 

A celebration of life will be held for Jeff at The Bowman Funeral Parlor in Garden City, ID at 10254 W Carlton Bay Dr, Boise, ID 83714 on Saturday March 30, 2024, at 11am. Per Jeff’s wishes, the family will be spreading his ashes at the Bonneville Salt Flats during World of Speed September 6-9th 2024 and invite all who can attend either event.

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