Obituary: John Russell Boyd
John Russell Boyd, 65, of Tonasket, died at his home on March 1, 2012. John was born June 15, 1946, in Seattle, Wash., to Harold and Mary Boyd. John lived in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he was a star basketball player. He attended University of Wyoming until joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966. John served his country proudly and was discharged honorably after being awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds suffered during his tour in Vietnam. John worked and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service at the age of 55.
Ten years ago, John moved to Tonasket, Wash., to help his father, Harold B. Boyd, run Boyd Hay Farm in the Aeneas Valley. Some of John’s favorite memories were of working on his father’s guest ranch in Jackson, Wyo.; he enjoyed taking guests on trail rides and float trips down the Snake River.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Elks and Eagles. His hobbies included racecars and football, baseball and basketball.
He is survived by wife, Bobbi Boyd of Seattle; daughter, Jaimi Boyd of Bozeman, Mont.; son, Jayson Boyd of Seattle; granddaughters, Soliz and Sofia Boyd of Seattle; brother, Richard (Sheila) Boyd of Los Angeles, Calif.; niece, Erin Lancaster; nephew, Kelly Boyd; and great-niece, Maeve Lancaster. John’s death follows his father’s two years to the day on March 1, 2012.
Memorial services with Military Honors will be at noon, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at John’s home,
797 Aeneas Valley Road, Tonasket, Wash.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory LLC are in care of the arrangements.