Thomas "Art" BoydJuly 24, 2016
Thomas "Art" Boyd was born in Port Angeles on July 7, 1914, to Edward and Ida Boyd. His mother died when Art was quite young, so his stepmother, Eva, raised Art and his two sisters, Juanita and Mary Ellen.
Art grew up on a farm west of Port Angeles and attended historic Lincoln School for four years, then transferred to Dry Creek School. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1933, he and his cousin hopped a freight train to Montana, where work was more plentiful. They ended up in Hogeland, Montana, where Art married Eileen in 1941.
They lived in Montana until 1946, when they returned to Sequim with their two children, Thomas and Sandra. Art came back to the Pacific Northwest to work with his dad in his sawmill, which he did for a year.
Soon after, he bought a dairy farm. He also did miscellaneous work for other farmers in the area.
He drove a milk truck for eight years, hauling milk from local farms to the Sequim-Dungeness Creamery.
Art and Eileen had two more children, Janis and Carl. Art worked at Campbell's Chevron Gas Station for four years and operated his own Exxon station for three years after that.
He was also a ditch walker for the Highland Ditch in Sequim Valley, as well as a reserve volunteer Sequim police officer.
Art was actively involved in the Sequim city government, serving on the City Council for 12 years, on the Transportation Board for eight years and driving a school bus. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Sequim for many years and belonged to the Sequim Prairie Grange for about 43 years.
In the early 1970s, Art was a founding member of the Sequim-Dungeness Kiwanis Club. He had been a Kiwanis member for a total of 44 years and used to help build the float for the Sequim Irrigation Festival and transport it to many other city parades.
In May of 2010, Art was privileged to be one of the Honorary Grand Pioneers for the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
He also hung banners and watered flower baskets up and down Washington Street in Sequim. In recent years, he attended the Juan de Fuca Kiwanis Club, which meets in Port Angeles.
Art's first wife, Eileen, died in January 1994, and about a year later, he married Delores Avery, who died in July 2010.
Beginning in 2009, Art took turns residing with his four children who live in Sequim, Burien, Spokane and Denver. He was an avid Mariners fan.
He enjoyed bowling, playing cribbage and other card games, attending church with his children on Sundays, watching John Wayne movies and reading western novels.
Recently, he made jewelry for friends and relatives and designed and made model boats and airplanes. Angels were one of his favorite room decorations.
Art loved country-western music, especially the "Sons of the Pioneers." He could play the accordion and the harmonica, and had occasionally been known to play (or attempt to play!) other instruments.
Art spent his last days at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim, where the wonderful staff and Assured Hospice took such good care of him and where he blessed everyone with whom he came in contact. He will be missed for his friendly smile, his great sense of humor, his gentle manner, and the twinkle in his eye.
Some special people in Art's life were as follows: parents Edward P. and Ida Boyd; sisters Juanita Anderson and Mary Ellen Fitzgerald; first wife Eileen Lucille Boyd from 1941 to 1994; children Dennis Boyd (deceased), Sandra (Dick) Rouse of Parker, Colorado, Thomas (Wendy) Boyd of Sequim, Janis (Jim) Cobb of Burien, Washington and Carl (Patricia) Boyd of Spokane, Washington; grandchildren Steven, Michelle, Deborah, Stephen, Julie, Jamin, Jillian, Libby and Adin; great-grandchildren Emmy, Tommy, Marissa, Jasmine, Anakin, Theodore, Leonardo and Beatrix; second wife Delores Avery Boyd from 1995 to 2010; and stepchildren Faith (Curt) Ohlson, Rita (Steve) Frick and Ted (David Jones) Avery.
We also praise the Lord for all the wonderful stepchildren, stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren generated by those listed above. Then there are all the aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention. Thank you all for being part of Art's life.
His life was celebrated at a service and reception at Sequim Bible Church on August 13.