It is with great sadness the family of Loyd Paul Locvich shares the news of his sudden passing on August 25, 2020 at the age of 60. Born in Colusa, California on July 25, 1960, he lived most of his life in his hometown. He attended school in Colusa, graduating from Colusa High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Forest Service, serving with the crews in Washington state at Mount St. Helens fighting fires. Following his service, he returned home to Colusa, where he lived the rest of his life.
Working alongside his parents, Loyd returned to the family business, growing prunes, walnuts, and rice. After the passing of his mother in 1995, and his father in 2001, Loyd carried on working the ranch on his own. In recent years, while semi-retired from farming, he spent his time working with the love of his life, Elisa, in a business they built together.
Loyd was a true craftsman. At the age of 13, he purchased the shell of a 1950’s MGA 2 door roadster. Taking it to auto shop at school, he completely restored it, from the electrical wiring to the wooden steering wheel. He even learned to auto paint and created the most beautiful candy apple red sports car, perfect for a Sunday drive. Over the years, he never ceased to amaze when he decided to try his hand at something new. Tiling, roofing, home remodeling, adding a fireplace to his home, rebuilding a Corvette, and restoring an antique milk delivery truck were just a few of the many skills he taught himself. A perfectionist, he spent many hours getting his projects just right, working until he was happy with the results.
Loyd’s hobbies were many and varied, but he always had a love for fast cars, boats and motorcycles. Fishing in Alaska with his friend Scott, and gold panning were of particular joy to him. Recently he spent time in Costa Rica with a shaman to learn more about himself, returning home with greater peace and perspective.
Although creative and talented, he is most remembered by his family and friends for his compassion and big heart. He gained a sincerity that permeated his being. No matter how he felt physically or mentally, if someone needed help, he was the first to be there. He was sometimes a man of few words, but what he did say, he meant with his whole heart. “I love you’s” and warm hugs were no stranger to him. As his daughter Lauryn said, “He was the coolest toughest guy, and a big, unexpected softie. I don’t think I’d know what it’s like to be loved unconditionally if he hadn’t shown me.”
Loyd will be forever remembered by his life partner Elisa, his children Christina (Seth), Lauryn and Logan Locvich, his step-daughter Lexi, his granddaughter Jillian, his sisters Diane (LeRoy) Shuman and Cathy (Mike) Hughes, nieces Stephanie (Tony) D’Arcy, and Rachel McKowen, nephews Ryan Shuman and Kyle (Sarah) Locvich, four great-nephews, Dylan, Jake, Luke and Cameron, as well as the many friends he made along the way. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ruth Locvich.
A celebration of Loyd’s life will be held on Sunday, September 13 at 6PM at Market Street Grill, 415 Market Street in Colusa, on the patio he helped to build. We welcome his friends to come and share in the celebration with friendship and stories of his life. ■
09/02/2020 • WPR #2020-1064