Richard 'Rick' Edward Hoyer Jr.

Born: March 1, 1957 in Sandusky, Ohio
Died: May 9, 2012 in Boise, Idaho
Age: 55 years old

BOISE — Richard “Rick” Edward Hoyer Jr., 55, of Boise, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Rick was born March 1, 1957, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Richard and Joyce (Jackman) Hoyer. Rick spent his younger years in Ohio before coming to Idaho to live with his father in Twin Falls. He graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1975. Rick graduated with honors from Boise State University with an Associates Degree in semiconductor manufacturing in 2003. Upon completion of his degree, he continued his work at Micron for several years.

He was married to Teresa Tonkin, the love of his life, in 1992. In their 25 years together, they lived and breathed everything Idaho. They enjoyed activities including many rock and country concerts, Boise State football games, the River Festival, camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking and biking in the great outdoors. Rick was a man of various talents and hobbies. He was fascinated with gardening, gemstones, playing rock ‘n’ roll on his Fender guitars, and most recently jewelry making.

Their cockatiels, Goucho and Bucko, meant the world to him and were an important part of their family.

Rick is survived by his wife, Teresa; father and mother, Richard and Nancy Hoyer of Twin Falls; sisters, Shawna Hoyer and Rhonda (Rob) Schaffer; nephews, Coby and Grady; and niece, Brennah. Also, sisters, Anna and Paula of Kentucky and Michelle of Florida; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in both Idaho and Ohio; father-in-law, Bill (Barbara) Tonkin; sisters-in-law, Mary (Mark) Holleron and Katie Thompson; brothers-in-law, George Tonkin and Don (Trish) Tonkin; and six nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Jackman Levy.

Rick recently spoke of how happy he was in his life. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise.

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