Joe Boyd

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Residing In: Bellingham, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Ilona Maves
Occupation: Retired
Children: I have a son named Thomas who works in IT for Tri-Met in Portland, Oregon. Born 1981; A daughter Rebecca, More…born in 1987. Two other daughters from my marriage to Ilona, Meghan, born in 1985, and Caitlin, born 1987. Just added a third grandchild (daughter) to the family (thank you, Meghan). Emilie, born February 11, 2017. She joins two other grandchildren, both boys--Gordon (G-Man) Boyd, and Adrian (A-Rod) Taplin.
Military Service: Navy  
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Since 1964 I: joined the Navy, did one "combat" tour, and a shore tour in Japan, graduated from WSU, got married, moved to Bellingham, worked a variety of jobs, finally getting career oriented in financial services and banking. I joined Toastmasters in 1983, and became the World Champion of Public Speaking in 1984. I still enjoy the hobbies I enjoyed when I was a boy--fishing and model building. I also took up bicycle touring in the early 80's, and have seen much of Washington and British Columbia by bicycle. I belong to a Bass Club in Whatcom County, and am a past IPMS member. My wife Wanda suffered from polycystic kidney disease for years, finally ending up on dialysis in 1990, and getting a transplant from a cadaver donor in 1991. In 1994 she displayed symptoms of short-term memory loss, culminating in a diagnosis of Pick's Disease, a form of dementia, in 1997. By 2005 she had in-home care while I worked. In early 2008 she had a series of seizures that required hospitalization, then nursing home care, followed by her death on May 3rd. I retired the following month. Since then, I have kept busy via my hobbies, and working part-time at the local raspberry co-op. Each year we process about 13 million pounds of raspberries. We sell both juice and puree. If you're a consumer of Yoplait or Dannon yogurts, Smuckers raspberry preserves, or Tree Top juices, you're probably consuming some of our product. I remarried in 2011, to a longtime friend, Ilona Maves. The wedding was a class reunion in itself, since it was held at Russ and Maryann Rehm's palatial estate. Russ officiated at the wedding, and included classmates Lynne Metcalf, Pat Means, Steve Spolek, and D'Ova Wallace.

My father-in-law died in 2009. His wife--my mother-in-law--has Alzheimers. He was trying to care for her while she became more and more disoriented. After he passed, her care fell to me. I got her into a very nice (and expensive) dementia care facility in Bellingham. She passed away at age 90 on July 15, 2013. I was named executor of their estate. My son has moved into their home, and is maintaining it. He actually inherited the place, per the parents in-law's will. He works as a systems engineer for a local computer firm. My daughter has made some poor choices over the past years, which have resulted in a couple stints in jail. She's currently trying to turn her life around, living with the father of her child. She's been drug free for more than a year, and had a baby boy on January 22, 2014, Adrian Ryan. My son and his wife had a little boy on July 3, 2013, named Gordon Gregory Boyd. My mother in-law passed away twelve days later. She was able to hold her great grandson before she passed. We are now fostering our grand-nephew. My wife's niece is having some drug and attitude issues, so while she tries to get her act together, we are now guardians of a very energetic four year-old. I round out my productive life by annoying my conservative friends.

In spite of all this, I consider myself fortunate that I have been able to retire, pursue hobbies that both challenge and inspire me, and re-connect with classmates, an experience that continues to enrich my life.

School Story:

In many ways, my life began in high school. I moved to the Columbia Basin when I was eight. My dad had put his name in the lottery for farm units in 1953, and he got one of the first, in Block 15. I attended Eltopia grade school through eighth grade, and transferred to McLoughlan, then to PHS. I had two surgeries prior to starting school at PHS, one for appendicitis, the other for adhesions, a condition in which my intestines collapsed and grew together. If you want to lose weight, this is the condition to have. I was down to 80+ pounds when I started school.

I loved everything about high school: band class, Mrs. Daniel's English classes and Yearbook class, track, the football and basketball games, and the friendships made during those years. I have a deep respect for Mr. Morgan and Mr. Gregson. They ran a great school.

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Thanks for the birthday wish, Judy. We just added another grandchild (girl) to the fold. I'm happy, but I wish they'd get married first. Enjoy Oregon--Joe

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May 25, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Hope you have a great up-coming Birthday! We're headed to Oregon soon for about 2 1/2 mos. to beat the heat down hear & see family, etc. My youngest granddaughter is graduating.

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I'm at a loss.  Two weeks ago we were sitting together, my wife, Ilona, Mary Ann and Russ in their living room, catching up, showing pictures, enjoying each others' company.  That event makes this news all the more shocking to me.  We all saw it coming when we lost Wanda; there was a rapid decline and we knew her time was limited.  But what a shock to just wake up one morning, thinking all was normal, then have to deal with the reality of this type of loss.  It makes me look around at my own family and friends and realize again that we all have more yesterdays than tomorrows, that (cliche that it might be) every day is a gift.  When I think of Mary Ann, words like "joy" and "love" easily come to mind, also "enthusiasm" and "tolerance."  That last quality is so meaningful to me, because I see it so rarely in all of us.  I know I have to call Russ today because I promised in a text I would, but I keep choking up, even as I type this.  

Over the years, Mary Ann kept "encouraging" (a more cynical description would be 'nagging') me to write a book about my observations and personal experiences, since she found them hilarious.  "You write that book, I'll be the first to buy it, then I want you to autograph it," she would say over and over again, until I actually felt guilty for not doing it.  If I ever do write anything, I will dedicate it to her.

This is so inadequte, but I don't know what else to write.  She and Russ both encouraged me when I was struggling with my daughter; they supported me as my wife, Wanda's health deteriorated; and they rejoiced with me when they graciously opened their home to Ilona and me when I remarried.  Knowing both of them has been an honor, a privilege, and a blessing.            

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this is my daughter Monique and her husband Jay
Dec 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Allen, I just got my copy of the reunion video. It was outstanding! Thank you and your group for all the hard work you did to put the program together.

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My son, Joshua. He has a Master's Degree in Psychology and a second Master's in Fly Fishing. I've always been afraid that would be his only Master's as he lives, eats, breathes fly fishing. He lives in Bend now and can see him on the many rivers and streams with his drift boat. P.S. That is my grandchild he is holding (probably the only one I will have)
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Makayla and her new best friend, Capone.
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Here's the Jeepster on the Edmonds waterfront with the new top down for the first time. My sister Saundra and brother Jim Jr drove it to PHS, and other sister Merrilee drove it a lot, even though it was really moms.
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Boyd Family photo (1990) Son Tom, Daughter Becky, Wanda, myself.
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Last reunion. I think this was 1999.
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2004 Get-together of Eltopia classmates: Top Row, Pat Means, Kerry Lewis, Rich Turner
Bottom row, Allen McCall, Steve Spolek, Lynne (Metcalf) Spolek, Lyle Hearst, Doug Salvadalena, Joe Boyd
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My son Tom at the 2009 Highland Games, wearing a kilt of Clan Boyd colors.
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Lee and Roberta Lewandowski
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Mary and Candy. You know who they are!
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Carol and D'Ova
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Me on Lee Lewandowski's boat, on the Columbia, near Sacajawea Park. That's a smallmouth bass. Not sure how heavy.