Al Boyd, 74, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Al was born in North Bonneville, Wash. on May 21, 1936 to Paul and Helene Millett Boyd. He lived on a ranch in Carson, Wash. near the Columbia River before moving to Tacoma, Wash. in 1942.
His mother remarried Hank Mecklenburg who raised him, and Al attended various schools, until finally moving to Federal Way, Wash. in 1947. He graduated from Federal Way High School in 1954 and attended Pacific Lutheran University for one year before leaving to prospect for uranium in the Southwest.
After prospecting, he worked in Cortez, Colo. and at Telluride for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1956, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Biloxi, Miss., Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and at Anderson AFB on Guam, which allowed him time to visit Japan. Later, he was transferred to RAF Fairford, England for one year. This gave him time to travel to Denmark.
After his military service Al worked for a wholesale plumbing company named Rosen Supply, in Tacoma, Wash., for five years. In 1965, he went to work for another plumbing wholesaler, Keller Supply, for 12 years.
During this period of time he took up flying as a hobby. In 1977, Al and partners Larry Davis and Helmer Glaas opened their own wholesale firm, named Southwest Supply, in Olympia, Wash. In 1987, he sold out his interest. At this point he opened a wrecking yard in Chehalis, Wash. with a nephew. He also did lawn work in the Olympia area and worked for Briggs Plumbing Company as an estimator. In 1991, he moved to Moab, Utah to “get out of the rain,” as he put it.
In 1956, Al married Gayle Higbee of Edmonds, Wash., who already had a son, Kevin Boyd. Sons Mark, Gregg and Curtis Boyd were born of this union. Al and Gayle were divorced in 1991.
Upon moving to Moab, Al worked again doing yard work and designing hot water heating systems. He also served on the Grand County Airport Board for three years.
In 2003, he married Mary E. Mayberry of Moab, for whom he often bought roses. He and Mary had six wonderful years together and traveled greatly, prior to Al’s illness.
Al had arthritis from the age of 25, but he never complained about it. He knew that someday it would slow him up physically and that he had to find something else to do. That’s when he began writing. As of this date he has written four books: “Return to Texas,” “Chief Posey’s Run,” “What Happened to Aunt Lily,” and “Chasing the Fox.”
He especially loved the canyonlands of the Southwest and hiked the trails as long as he was able. He enjoyed traveling. He biked in Europe, visited Brazil on three occasions, took cruises and enjoyed traveling by air and car.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Mayberry of Moab; mother, Helene Mecklenburg of Washington; four sons, Kevin Boyd of Lacey, Wash., Mark Boyd of Lacey, Wash., Gregg Boyd of Seattle, Wash. and Curtis Boyd of Seattle, Wash.; three brothers, Rich Mecklenburg, Jim Mecklenburg, and Monte Mecklenburg, all of Washington; and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 7, at the Community Church in Moab. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.