Joe Edwin McCary
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October 11, 1926 - January 16, 2014
Joe Edwin McCary, 87 of Caldwell, Idaho passed away peacefully on January 16, 2014 at home.
Joe was born in Princeton, WVa to Henry Clay and Mamie J. McCary. He attended public schools in Princeton as a child and graduated High School in 1944. He played varsity football and basketball and was part of the undefeated football team of 1943. He was National Honor Society President and a member of the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joe enrolled at the University of Virginia in July of 1944 on a football scholarship. Shortly after enrolling he entered into active duty in the Army Air Corps in March of 1945. During his tour of duty he was stationed in Germany for one year. Joe was honorably discharged in the fall of 1946 and returned to UVA. He played Varsity football and was captain of the 1948 team. Joe had the honor of playing in the Blue Grey game in Montgomery, AL in December of 1948 and was an Honorable Mention All American. At UVA Joe was a member of ODK, The 7 Society, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and Treasurer of his Senior Class. He Graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 1949 and from University of Virginia Medical School on June 14, 1954.
Joe married the love of his life Mary Jo McClure on June 13, 1954. They made their first home in Princeton, WVa. In Princeton Joe was active in Lion's Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Elk's Club. He served on the Board of Directors for Princeton Bank and Trust Co. and Princeton Times; was the Team Doctor for Princeton High School Athletics; was a member of the Mercer Co. Medical Society and Diplomat American Academy of Family Practice.
In November, 1970, Joe and Mary Jo moved their family to Caldwell, ID where Joe practiced family medicine until he retired in 1999. He served on several committees for the United Methodist Church, he was past President and an active member of Caldwell Rotary for 38 years where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. Joe served on the Board of Trustees at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and West Valley Medical Center, was Director of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of the Caldwell Community Foundation, Inc. He also had the privilege of volunteering in Doreen Christensen's classroom at Washington Elementary School for the Rotary reading program for nine years. He really enjoyed volunteering in his community and made many friends along the way.
Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary Jo, a sister, Margaret, of Charlottesville, VA his three children Steve (Julie) of Williamsburg, VA, Sandra (Gene) and Barbi of Caldwell. Six grandchildren, Amanda, Samantha, Kate, Joseph, John and James. Joe was preceded in death by his three brothers Bud, James and Clarence and a daughter Katherine.
The family would like to thank Heart and Home Hospice for their compassion and care with a special thanks to Karena for the laughter right up until the end.
A memorial service will be held on Monday January 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Caldwell United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caldwell Rotary Foundation PO Box 24, Caldwell ID 83606, or the
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell and memories and condolences may be shared with the family in Joe's online tribute at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 18, 2014