Everett D. Hoyt, age 83, passed away on August 27, 2020 in Durango, CO. He was born on November 16, 1936 at the family home in Bellerose, NY. He was the second of three sons born to Ellsworth and …
Everett D. Hoyt, age 83, passed away on August 27, 2020 in Durango, CO. He was born on November 16, 1936 at the family home in Bellerose, NY. He was the second of three sons born to Ellsworth and Madeline Hoyt. At the age of ten, his family moved to Rock Hill, NY where he grew up.
He graduated from Monticello High School in 1956 and later enjoyed attending his class reunions. Upon graduation he went to work for the AT&T/New York Telephone company. Everett loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, gathering firewood, trapping and hunting. He was a proud member of the Cherokee Preserve Club of Bethel, NY. For years Everett bowled in the Monday and Friday night leagues at Kiamesha Lanes. Everett became a member of the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corp shortly after it was established and served on its board for several years. In 1968 he went on a big game hunting trip with his father-in-law Ralph to British Columbia that changed his life. On this trip he came home with a Bighorn Sheep and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains.
In 1978 Everett relocated to Denver, CO to work for Mountain Bell, settling in Durango in 1979. He retired from the telephone industry after 34 years. Everett was very active in the Durango Fire Dept. as a volunteer and later helped with arson investigation. In 1993 he met his future wife, Phyllis, who he married in 1995. They made their home in Hermosa, just north of Durango where he took over the backyard for a vegetable garden. He was known for growing gourds for the “Crafty Ladies” at the Methodist Church and giant pumpkins he often donated to Durango's October Fest. Everett enjoyed telling stories of his life and making people laugh with his great sense of humor. He liked woodworking, building birdhouses and rocking chairs for dolls and preschoolers. Everett was a member of the First United Methodist Church/Summit Church, part of the Building Addition and Renovation Team in 2005, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and active in his weekly men's small group (Promise Keepers). He was always willing to step up and help with projects around the church.
Everett spent the last eight months of his life at the Sunshine Gardens Country Home Memory Care Center in Durango where he fought Alzheimer's with dignity and strength. He was given great care there, and the staff became part of his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Hoyt and his first wife Carolynn Carhart Hoyt.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Hoyt; brother Harold Hoyt of Rock Hill, NY; daughter Nancy Hoyt, Rhinebeck, NY; daughter Erica (Kyrin) Sunderland, Hillsboro, OR; son Tyler (Shannon) Hoyt, Durango, CO; stepchildren Amanda, Vincent, Carol, and Susan, all of CO; 7 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Everett was a man of great integrity, a wonderful and loyal husband, father, step-father, son, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He will forever be loved, missed and never forgotten. God Speed to rest in peace now Everett.
A memorial service will be held at a future date in Durango. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Everett's memory to FUMC or Summit Church at 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango, CO 81301, the Durango Fire Department or the Alzheimer's Association.