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Linclon Earl "Poppy" McCovey

Obituary Condolences

"Poppy" passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, Tonya Wipf, on June 9, 2012, at the age of 72 with his family by his side. He did not let his long-term struggle with diabetes interfere with his strong desire to continue life and love with his family. Lincoln was born in Hoopa, California, on May 25, 1940, to George and Mary Ann McCovey. He attended Hoopa Valley Schools and graduated from Hoopa High in 1958, where he excelled at sports in the fields of football, basketball and baseball. After high school he attended Shasta Junior College and continued his love of sports. He furthered his education at Laney College in Oakland, California, in the field of construction and carpentry. Lincoln is survived by his three children, Tamara Ford (son-in-law, Ted Ford) of Valley Center, CA; Tonya Wipf (son-in-law, Steve Wipf) of Fortuna, CA; and Gabriel McCovey of Eureka, CA; along with his five grandchildren, Emily and Allie Wipf, Miranda and Teddy Ford, and Darren McCovey. His surviving siblings include; George "Chet" McCovey Jr. (wife, MaryAnn) of Hoopa, CA; Shirley Parrish of Santa Rosa, CA; Leonard "Specky" McCovey (wife, Darcy) of Hoopa, CA; Judith Hatter (husband, James) of Escondido, CA; and Arden McCovey (wife, Ella) of Hoopa; along with numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Ann, and his siblings; Marjorie Abernathy and Pliny Edward McCovey. Lincoln's work career began in the early '60s as fire watch in Hoopa, CA. In 1963, he began his career at the Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO) where he held several positions which included Lumber Handler, Car Loader, Orderman and Inventory Clerk, Jr. Accountant, Accountant and eventually Athletic Director and Certified Athletic Trainer for the community of Scotia which ended in 1991 returning to his home of Hoopa, CA. He continued on in an athletic career as the Athletic Director of Hoopa Neighborhood Facility until he transferred to Hoopa Valley Housing Authority where he eventually retired. Lincoln is a community icon in all areas of local sports programs. His many contribution to local sports included; coach of Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion (Joe DiMaggio), and Pop Warner; referee and umpire; Board Member; and Commissioner for Youth Football. Lincoln contributed to the success of numerous athletes throughout Humboldt County. Through his work with community youth, Lincoln fulfilled his life-long goal to mentor youth in athletics. Lincoln was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to provide guided tours to out of town guests. He respected the land and the wilderness from his native point of view. Lincoln was involved his entire life in river boat racing and stock car racing either as a participant, pit crew or fan. Pallbearers include; Richard Blake, Roger Sanderson, Russell "Rusty" Hurley; Paul Abernathy, Jr.; Leonard "Chipper" McCovey, George McCovey, III.; James Hatter, Jr.; James McCovey. Honorary Pallbearers include George "Chet" McCovey; Leonard "Specky" McCovey; Arden McCovey; Gabe McCovey; Steve Wipf; James Hatter, Sr.; Paul Abernathy, Sr.; Ed Guyer, Sr.; Eddie Guyer, Jr.; Jeff Laird; Black Snake; Zane Grant; Elvis Johnson; Charles McCovey, Sr.; Chuck Williams, Jr.; Inker McCovey; Royle Johnson; Cliff Hurley; Sonny Buck Ferris; Joe LeMieux; Sonny Pratt; Raymond Moon; Bernie Davis; Billy Carpenter; Chuck Smoker; and Hank Mosier. On Friday, June 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM services will be at Goble's Fortuna Mortuary. And on Saturday, June 16, 2012 Lincoln will take his last boat ride home. Leaving Klamath Glen to Notchko. Memorial services will be held at Hoopa Neighborhood Facility at 12:00 PM with graveside services immediately following at the Jackson Family Cemetery. The family is coordinating nonprofit donations in lieu of flowers. If interested, please contact the family at wipf@suddenlink.net for details. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 13 to June 14, 2012
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