Aaron Michael McKay: 1981-2023


Aaron Michael McKay, Oct. 22, 1981, to July 21, 2023.
  • Aaron Michael McKay, Oct. 22, 1981, to July 21, 2023.

Aaron Michael McKay, 41, was born in Arcata, California on Oct. 22, 1981. He tragically left this earth on July 21, 2023. Aaron attended Equinox Charter, Pacific Union School and Arcata High School.

He leaves behind his loving wife of eight years, Angela McKay, sons and best friends Nathan McKay and Kaleb Butterworth, mother Bobbie McKay and her partner Beth, father Michael McKay, sister Amanda McKay and her partner Kelly, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins of the McKay and Palazzo family, in-laws of the Butterworth and Svendsen family, coworkers and friends. Aaron is sorely missed and loved by all.

Aaron worked at restaurants in the Valley West area of Arcata before moving on to Franklin’s Service. He was there for more than 17 years, where he was known as a devoted worker, amazing mechanic and a lifelong friend to those who met him. Many in the community would remark on his devotion to help others and the big smile he wore.

Among Aaron’s favorite hobbies were riding motorcycles, upgrading and racing RC cars, and crafting art projects made out of recycled materials. Anyone who has been to his house has had the opportunity to see the various used car parts that have been made into beautiful waterfalls, tables and lawn art. Aaron and Angie also loved collecting jars of sand from all the beaches they visited.

Aaron is survived by his son, Nathan McKay, who he loved more than anything. He was able to see the man that Nathan has started to become and was immensely proud to be his father. He was the most supportive and loving husband that Angie could have ever imagined. Many admire the relationship that they had. Aaron was fully committed to his family and friends, dropping everything to help out. He was also known as a jokester. The individuals who were lucky enough to meet Aaron can attest to the joy and laughter that he shared with everyone. His family has been supported in ways that they couldn’t imagine. A warm thank you goes out to individuals at Eureka City Schools and the Franklin family.

A private service will be held at a place that Aaron loved for family members and close friends. All are welcome and appreciated at the Celebration of Life. It will be held Aug. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wharfinger building located at 1 Marina Way, Eureka.

Aaron, you are loved and missed dearly. Even after your passing we are able to see just how greatly you impacted lives over your time on this earth. We will cherish the memories that you gave us while you were here with us. If family and friends have photos to share, please post at this link and leave a caption. Aaron's family will visit all these points of light to carry through difficult times ahead.

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