FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Stephen J. Roy, 68, beloved to his family and friends — an attorney by profession and a cowboy at heart — passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 2, at his ranch in Fort Collins.
Steve was given the gift to spend his last day with his family and he was received into God’s kingdom while riding his beloved horse.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kay Jackson Roy; his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kara Roy; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Adam Zwirkoski; his grandchildren, Olivia and Elliana Zwirkoski; his mother-in-law, Jacqueline Jackson Wilson of Elkhart, Ind.; and his stepfather-in-law, Floyd Manges of Elkhart.
Steve graduated from St. Louis University High School and received a B.S. in psychology from St. Louis University, where he was President of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He also had many lead roles in musicals with the St. Louis University Chorale and competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. He attended the University of Michigan School of Law. He took a short hiatus from law school to compete in the rodeo circuit. However, his horse had other plans for Steve and ran him over, shattering his leg. Steve then reluctantly returned to the University of Michigan and obtained his Juris Doctorate.
Steve came to Fort Collins in 1972. He tried his luck as an antique dealer and horse breeder, but eventually started his legal career in private practice as a partner in Frey, Huisjen & Roy. He became an assistant city attorney in 1985 after working six years as a prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office. He was appointed city attorney in 1988.
Steve received the Larimer County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 2012 and participated in Leadership Fort Collins. Steve was the past president of the Larimer County Bar Association, past president of the Attorneys Section, Colorado Municipal League, past president of the Metro City Attorney Association, a standing member of the Colorado Municipal League, Amicus Committee and the president of the Cobb Lake Preservation and Recreation Association.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 11 at Faith Evangelical Free.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program through rmrp.org or the Melanoma (Skin Cancers) Research Fund through cufund.org. Condolences for the family may be sent at www.VesseyFuneralService.com.