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Rocky Yoneda retiring after 31 years serving the university

Rocky Yoneda next to an HVAC
Rocky Yoneda is the HVAC foreman and will be retiring in February 2021 after over 30 years with Boise State. Photo, Patrick Sweeney

Four university presidents, seven football coaches, 43243 graduates, the addition of over 3 million square feet of space, 387 football games and two Fiesta Bowl titles. Boise State has accomplished a lot since September 1990 when the university hired Rocky Yoneda to be part of its facilities and maintenance team.

Yoneda is now retiring from his role as HVAC foreman after over 30 years of keeping Boise State students, faculty and staff comfortable while in campus buildings.

“I heard people say ‘we better call Rocky’ countless times before I actually met him,” said Vice President for Campus Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Randi McDermott. “He has been a go-to individual for many years, truly a part of the fabric that made this university what it is today, and I hope he knows how much we will all miss him.”

Yoneda plans to spend his retirement camping, exploring Idaho’s backroads, visiting with his granddaughter and starting new metal working projects.

“Rocky has been a tremendous employee for the past 31 years,” said Director of Facilities, Operations and Maintenance, Barb Beagles. “His professionalism, institutional knowledge, experience and positive attitude are going to be missed. We wish him the best in his retirement and can’t wait for him to drop by and update us on all of his travels.”

A retirement party will take place on Zoom at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10.