Bruce Stuart Ivey passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 6, 2016. Bruce was born to George and Laura Ivey on April 24, 1934, in Montebello, CA.
As a child growing up, Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing and fixing or driving fast cars. When he graduated from high school, he took a field assistant position with California Fish & Game performing deer surveys in Inyo and Mono counties, as well as trapping chukar in the Inyo Mountains. This job would foster a lifelong passion for conservation, wildlife and wild places. While trapping chukar and camping at Santa Rita Flats, Bruce made weekly supply trips to the closest town of Independence, CA. This is where he would meet Elsie Lockridge, his love and companion for the next 62 years. After a few failed attempts, Elsie finally agreed to go out with Bruce and they eventually married on June 19, 1954. They quickly started their first auto parts business and had their first child Jenniferand five years later, Steven came along.
While running the fledgling company during the day and working at Walt & Bud's Service Station at night, Bruce always put family, friends and community first, fiercely defending against anything or anyone posing a threat to his establishment. For the next 38 years, Bruce and Elsie would grow their auto parts business to seven successful stores throughout the Eastern Sierra and Nevada. Finally retiring in 1993, they decided to give back to the community and start a part-time business that was the beginning of the Lone Pine Pheasant Club. After a few short years, they were again running a very successful business that would span 21 years, bringing hundreds of visitors each year to enjoy a unique hunting and outdoor experience. Again retiring in 2007, they could focus on their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren without interruption.
Then in 2008, the devastating floods on Oak Creek damaged and destroyed much of the historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Bruce led the volunteer group "Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery" (est. 1997) in the cleanup and restoration of the hatchery building and grounds, which amounted to thousands of volunteer hours and years of hard labor to complete; he was very proud of the volunteers and the work they accomplished. Bruce was larger than life, loved life and was well-loved in return. He was honest, straightforward and hardworking. This extraordinary man was a beloved legend who was greatly respected by all who knew him.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents George and Laura Ivey. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; daughter, Jennifer Ivey; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Teresa Ivey; grandchildren, Bruce and Joey Peterson, Kristen Peterson and companion Matt Stine, Edward Ivey, and Brandon and Mindy Patterson; Great-grandchildren, Paisley Peterson, Zackary Patterson, Steven, Dante and Laura Allen; Abigail and Jordan Stine; and godson, Gabe Fogarty.
Even during the tough times this past year, Bruce always enjoyed the company of friends and maintained a witty sense of humor. He taught and continues to teach us every day what hard work, honesty, and strength can accomplish. Thanks and prayers go out to the many good friends that have been by our side through this incredible journey. Grampa Bruce, you will be missed beyond our imagination, but your legacy will live forever through your love and wonderful memories.