Russell Wade Hurley — “Rusty” — was born October 25, 1966 to Shirley McCovey-Parrish. He was born in Eureka and passed on April 8, 2022 in Napa.

Rusty resided in Hoopa until his final days. When he was younger he spent a short amount of his youth in Hoopa before moving with his mother Shirley, father Warren Parrish, and older brother Moses Hurley to Stewart’s Point in 1974. He graduated from Point Arena High in 1985 and soon after attended the Wyo Tech School for Collision and Auto Body Repair and received a certificate in 1986.

Rusty was a man of all trades. But his main focus was auto mechanics. He could fix a vehicle inside out and find out anything wrong with a vehicle quick. He had an indescribable love for classic cars, he could always point out and tell you the year, make, and model by just looking at it. Rusty loved to work; always finding new jobs, and any place or person that needed help with any sort of job. He eventually joined the Painters Union for a short amount of time and took pride in the work that he did there. One of the many projects he did was the Foresthill bridge, that is where he did a majority of his time with the Painters Union. He worked for the Hoopa Wildland Fire for only two fire seasons, but could tell you some good stories about his time. Rusty also helped coach youth football, which he took great pride in. Football was his favorite sport and playing football in high school was one thing about his life that he couldn’t stop talking about once he got started.

Rusty was a man full of life, always joking and teasing, and laughing. Nothing could take away his love of life and the good time he continued to have. Not even the issues he had with his health. The best part of his life was his kids, as he got older and more settled down, before health issues, he promised himself to spend his time with his kids as much as he could. He was proud of all three of them and their accomplishments. When they all became parents, his grandchildren then became the main focus for the remainder of his life. He was so happy to be a grandpa and spent every penny he could to make sure they had the coolest toys, or anything they wanted really.

Rusty is survived by his children Shirley (Angel) Yanez, Russell Hurley (Fayanna Duncan), Ka-shi Hurley (Cheyenne Lopez). His five grandchildren Maddison Yanez, Elijah Hurley, Alexandria Lopez, Leland Yanez, and Ash Lopez. His siblings Moses Hurley, Warren Parrish Jr, and MaryAnn Parrish. His Aunt Linda Lee whom he loved dearly and spent most of his time with, who helped him with his travels to appointments, and just checking on him and being his support person. Other Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins too many to name, but know who they are. His friends who became family to him that are too many to name, but know who they are. He is proceeded in death by his grandparents George McCovey Sr and Maryann Jackson-McCovey. His parents Shirley McCovey-Parrish and Warren Parrish Sr. Uncles George “Chet” McCovey Jr, Leonard “Specky”McCovey Sr, Pliny McCovey Sr, and Lincoln McCovey, and his Aunt Marjorie Attebury. His dear friend Allen Ricioli.

Pall Bearers: Fredrick “Freddy” Brown, Shane Anderson, Timothy Bussell Sr, Angel Yanez, Warren Parrish Jr, Robert Lee, Brandon Lara, Augie Lara, Loren “Giz” Colegrove, Bubba Riggins, Boyd Ferris, Bruz Aubrey, Kevin McConnell, Leonard “Chipper” McCovey, Doug Risling Sr, James McCovey, and Jesse McCovey.

Honorary Pall Bearers: Moses Hurley, Arden McCovey, James Hatter, Burt Snyder, Lester White Jr, Leonard Wonnacott, Pat Bellew, Richard Blake, Robert Jackson, Jody Jackson, Rodney Robbins, John Robbins Jr, Ronnie Robbins, and Filmore Harvey Jr.

There will be a viewing at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata on April 22, 2022 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., just for immediate family and close friends, so please get in contact with the family about attending the viewing. The funeral will be at the Neighborhood Facilities in Hoopa on April 23, 2022 at 11a.m., shortly after Rusty will be laid to rest at the Jackson Family Cemetery on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa. A gathering to celebrate Rusty’s life will follow after the burial at the Neighborhood Facilities in Hoopa and will be a potluck.


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