Byron Costley

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Byron Lee Costley, 71, of Crystal River, passed away peacefully on Nov. 16, 2015, surrounded by his family.
A resident for over 40 years, Byron moved his young family to Crystal River, FL, in 1973, and true to his entrepreneurial spirit, bought a small insurance agency. Through tireless dedication, Byron nurtured West Coast Insurers into one of the top-performing independent agencies in Florida until his retirement in 2008.
Byron played an integral part in the development and enrichment of Citrus County, serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce (6 years), being a founding member of the Rotary Club, and serving as one of the founding members of The Committee of 100.
Byron cared about conservation efforts for Three Sisters Springs and the Manatees, sponsored local youth sports teams, and was frequently involved in community organizations and events. Byron also served on the boards of a local bank and Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.
Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Vaughn and Wilma Costley, Byron's family eventually settled in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. An Eagle Scout, Byron earned a degree in International Relations and Slavic Studies from University of Kansas in 1966, doing solo travel in Europe along the way, and soon thereafter married Jane Taylor Costley. After college, Byron served his country for two years as a U.S. Army First Lieutenant in military intelligence during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star, prior to fulfilling his dream of moving to Florida and beginning his business career.
Byron is survived by his three children, Shannon Costley of Los Angeles, CA, Shawn Parnell, MD of Seattle, WA, and Keith Costley (Susan) of Rock Hill, SC; his four grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Noah and Regan; his brother, Alan (Julia); and his nieces, Lauren, Morgan, Alaina and Adelle, each of whom loved watching sunsets from his home on King's Bay.
Always thirsty for knowledge and travel, Byron never met a scoop of caviar he didn't like, a steak he didn't cook to perfection, nor a joke he didn't like to tell.
A lover of boating, fine and obscure cuisine, Fleetwood Mac, spy novels, fancy gadgets and impromptu pool tournaments, he will be missed by all of his family and friends.
A memorial for Byron is planned for January 2016. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer that donations be made to the Rotary Foundation of Crystal River, Inc., P.O. Box 1207, Crystal River, FL 34423.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2015
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