Clayton McCoy, Jr. age 75, of Winter Park, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.
Clayton McCoy, Jr. age 75, of Winter Park, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Memorial Services will be Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax, with interment in Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Lunch will follow the service at the church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials preferred to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org. Pastor Vicki Toutges will be officiating the service. Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax. Online obituaries and guestbook available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries and guest book.
Clayton (Clay) William McCoy, Jr., was born on June 22, 1938, in Rochester, to the late Clayton W. Sr. and Lorraine (Vollmer) McCoy. Clay was raised in Fairfax and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1956. He received a BS from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1960, a MA in Entomology from the University of Nebraska in 1963, and a Ph.D in Entomology in 1967 from the University of California at Riverside. He married Lynne Baker in 1963 and they lived in Riverside, Calif., before settling permanently in Winter Park, in 1967. Clay worked for five years at the USDA in Orlando. In 1972, he began a long and successful career as a University of Florida Professor and Researcher in Entomological Biological Control. He retired from this position in 2005 after a 33-year career of research and education. Clay’s research and teaching took him to all corners of the globe, whether to present at scientific conferences or to provide consultation to citrus growers and government institutions. However, he felt the most gratifying aspect of his career was his interaction with his colleagues, graduate students and staff. Clay received numerous awards and recognition in his career including a United States Patent in 1994 for a bio-pesticide derived from a fungus and a USDA Honor Award (the agency’s highest recognition for outstanding contributions to agriculture). Additionally, he was the first recipient of the University of Florida’s CREC’s Distinguished Professorship in Research and Education. In his retirement, he co-authored Pathogens Infecting Insects & Mites of Citrus with colleagues, and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Clay is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Lynne, of Winter Park Fla., daughter, Lisa McCoy (Brian Buchner) of Oviedo, Fla., son, Patrick McCoy of Minneapolis; niece, Julie McCoy Elmer and her husband, Steve of Fairfax; nephews, Todd McCoy and Scott McCoy of Minneapolis.
Clay was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton W. Sr. and Lorraine McCoy; and younger brother, Donn R. McCoy.