Obituary for Kory Heyrend
Kory W. Heyrend
"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher." ~ Wordsworth
Kory's passionate interest of the wilderness and nature would become a theme throughout his life. He loved the power, grandeur and the peace that the mountains and oceans brought to his life. He would introduce this kinship to his many friends and family.
Another theme and core value that he held close to his heart, was assisting anyone who needed help. It didn't matter if they were wearing a tailored suit or paint stained jeans, his empathy and compassion for others was consistent and unwavering. His ability to engage with people was natural and genuine. Kory was a story teller, a teller of tales, a talent he inherited from his grandfather. He could weave a delicate yarn and pull in unwitting strangers or friends, as his bright blue eyes were twinkling.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in Idaho Falls and Boise. He graduated from Meridian High School and attended disciplines dealing with chemical application, log home structure and design, stains, lacquer, equipment, products, diesel mechanics, and environmental regulations and protections.
He never turned away from challenges. As he would say, "learn something new everyday". This would motivate him to research and learn virtually anything that piqued his interest. Because he was a born teacher, he had the patience to impart what he knew to his employees, friends and yes, strangers. Life travels would allow him to survey mountain acreages, build roads, gold mine, BBQ steaks and seafood at coast resorts, and repair and treat primitive cabins or log homes in Idaho, Wyoming and California. His business incorporated ethics of fairness and honesty. It didn't matter if they were small projects or huge estates, he would always provide the same expertise and care to every project. His specialized skills allowed him to gain security clearance to work at Air Force Bases, Air Ports and as importantly, homes of his friends.
His greatest joy was his family. He loved that they worked with and beside him. He would assure that time allowed for fun, camping, fly fishing, caring for their pets, good food, communication and appreciation of nature. He was a friend to all. We have lost a good man with a good heart.
Kory passed away at home on April 13th, surrounded by his family, following a short battle with esophageal cancer. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Virginia and Floyd, his parents Merrilyn and LaMarr and brother Michael, all of whom will welcome him with open arms. Surviving are his wife Nancy, daughter Tanesha , step-children Jerry, Dustin, Kaden, and Trisdon, siblings Jeff and Cydnee, nieces and nephews Natalie, Carly, Philip and Ridley and their spouses. Also, his extended family and friends, which are too numerous to list by name.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Meridian MSTI and Horizon Hospice for their care and support.
Services will be held at the LDS Haven Cove Ward, 1560 North 10 Mile Rd., Meridian Idaho 83642 on May 6th at 2pm. There will be a family prayer gathering at 1pm. Flowers, or cards may be sent to Ustick Chapel 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian Idaho 83646. There will be a private inurnment for Kory this summer at Dry Creek Cemetery.