G Scott Tolley, 65, of Boise, slipped peacefully into eternity July 8, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family, due to complications from his lifelong struggle with Type I Diabetes. Scott was kind, soft-spoken, reserved, patient, smart, humble, loving, faithful, and resilient, and will be missed dearly.
Scott was born on August 30, 1954 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Garry D Tolley and Darlene Anderson Tolley. At the time of his birth, his dad was serving in Korea for the U.S. Army. Scott and his mom formed a special bond while his dad was overseas and Scott was almost nine months old when he saw his dad for the first time. Their family lived in Idaho Falls, briefly in California, and then settled in Boise when Scott was a sophomore in high school. He graduated from Borah High School in 1972 and from 1973-1975, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canada Maritime Mission.
On December 30, 1975, Scott met the love of his life, Rae Ann Jones. After a brief courtship and engagement, the two married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 21, 1976. They had three children: daughters Brooke and Amber, and a son, Brady.
Scott was a talented sheet metal craftsman and estimator. He managed the Sheet Metal Division for Tolley-Hughes, the family roofing company, until 2001. Some of his favorite projects included the Hoff Building in Boise and the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
He fabricated the copper cornerstone boxes for several LDS temples, including the Boise Idaho Temple. This was a tremendous honor for him and he spoke of these boxes frequently throughout his life. His cornerstone box is visible near the East end, on the far North side of the temple.
After a couple years to attend to his health, he worked as a consultant to Woody’s Sheet Metal until his passing. Scott was quite skillful and passionate about his craft.
Scott seemed destined for a life full of physical challenges. At three months old, he became very sick with pneumonia in both lungs and spent a week in the hospital, with some very tense moments. At age 13, he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. He was in a motorcycle accident in high school that required a skin graft to heal, which immobilized him in the hospital for two months. In June 2001, Scott developed the rare disorder, Guillain-Barre, which almost completely paralyzed him before his condition slowly improved. He spent years of physical therapy and taught himself to walk again. In 2002, his brother Alan donated Scott a kidney, an act of kindness and generosity which extended Scott’s life for many years, for which he and his family are forever grateful.
The last twenty years of his life was a series of surgeries, procedures, medical scares, and rehabilitations. Throughout, he maintained a positive attitude and fierce resolve to overcome these challenges. His attitude in the face of such obstacles became a source of strength and motivation for his family, friends, and everyone who came in contact with him. He refused to allow these setbacks to prevent him from enjoying his life.
Scott was an avid reader. He loved to travel, spend time with his children and grandchildren, play pinochle, and was a talented cook and barbecuer. He enjoyed playing basketball, watching sports, and was a huge Boise State Football fan.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Anderson Tolley. He is survived by his wife, Rae Ann Tolley; father, Garry D Tolley; brothers, Kent Tolley (Joanna), Alan Tolley (Kim), and Lee Tolley (Barbara); sister, Lisa Hatch (Ron); his daughters, Brooke Mack (Jason), Amber Wallace (Keenan); and son Brady Tolley (Nichole); and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services for family and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 at Relyea Funeral Chapel located at 318 N. Latah, Boise. A viewing will be held from 9:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Family will also greet friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Interment will follow the service at Cloverdale Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the public is invited to view the service via livestream on Scott’s tribute page at www.relyeafuneralchapel.com.
To send flowers to Scott's family, please visit our floral store.