Spencer S. Koyle‚ age 33‚ lost his life August 17‚ 2006‚ while doing what he loved – fighting wildland fires.
He was born June 22‚ 1973 in Murray‚ UT‚ the third of Stan and Sue Koyle’s seven children. Spencer was raised in Kanosh and graduated from Millard High School‚ Snow College‚ and Utah State University‚ earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. He loved sports‚ and during college he worked on various intramural staffs. He served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Copenhagen Denmark.
On December 28‚ 1995‚ Spencer married his high school sweetheart‚ Nichole Nixon of Holden‚ in the Manti LDS Temple. Together they had three children: Turner‚ Kadence‚ and Kambree. His family was his greatest joy‚ and Spencer was a tremendous husband and father. Spencer loved taking his children with him wherever he went. He enjoyed hunting‚ the outdoors‚ sports‚ and was an Eagle Scout.
Spencer was an active member of the LDS Church and was currently serving in the Sunday School Presidency where his favorite assignment was to ring the bell. He loved children and youth and spent many years serving in Primary and as Scoutmaster. He was also a faithful home teacher‚ and his service and testimony have always been an example to all those around him.
He loved fighting fire and was a professional firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service for 15 years. His career began in high school where he worked as a seasonal firefighter during the summers. At the time of his death‚ Spencer was the Fire Operations Supervisor for the Fillmore Interagency Fire Crew. Spencer was a great mentor and touched countless lives. Many appreciated his dependability‚ integrity‚ and work ethic‚ and admired the love he had for his profession. He represented the best of these organizations with his dedication in protecting our natural resources on private and public lands‚ and took pride in teaching and ensuring the safety of others. He had a passion for his profession‚ but had strong ties to his family and community.
Spencer was a very giving‚ selfless‚ compassionate person who was a friend to everyone who knew him. He was honest and hardworking with a strong commitment to doing things well – whatever the task. He was also known for being a big tease with a fun loving personality.
His loss leaves emptiness in each of our lives‚ and we will forever remember his great legacy.