Jan. 24, 1947 — July 17, 2013
Steven Michael Boyd, age 66, a former resident of North Powder and Baker City, passed away July 17, 2013, due to a rafting accident on the Rogue River in Southwestern Oregon.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 2-7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City, Ore.
Steve was born on Jan. 24, 1947, in Corvallis, Ore., to Arthur T. Boyd and Ruth Ellen Wood Boyd. As a child he idolized his grandpa Art Boyd, even mimicking his walk. He grew up on the Wolf Creek Ranch near North Powder, Ore., and attended school at North Powder. Steve graduated from Oregon State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and in 1973 with a master’s degree in genetics and ruminant nutrition with honors in Phi Kappa Phi.
In 1966, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Ann Nantz. Kathy was employed in the medical profession and was pivotal in helping Steve obtaining his college degrees. The couple celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary last December. They had a daughter, Kimberly; and a son, Jon.
Upon graduating from Oregon State, Steve embarked on a career that included employment with the Production Credit Association, Valley Chem and Wilbur Ellis Fertilizer companies, Edward D. Jones investment firm, and was lead crop procurement officer for Smith’s Frozen Foods. He was a resident of Walla Walla, and enjoyed his home there for 23 years. He served two years in the United States Army.
Steve was an avid outdoorsman. He loved the North Powder ranch and, along with his brothers, established a purebred Hampshire sheep flock. He put himself through college from the earnings of this flock along with working summers for the U.S. Forest Service on a fire crew. He loved to hunt fish and raft with family and friends. He was an excellent cook, which was the highlight of many of his outdoor and home gatherings. He was extremely proud of his daughter’s success in business management endeavors and his son’s successful Alaskan outfitting business.
A special place for him and family was the second home (cabin) he built on the Wolf Creek Reservoir near North Powder, Ore. The cabin was a gathering place for many an occasion that brought joy to him and his family. He knew and loved the mountains around North Powder, especially Shaw Mountain, Summit Springs and the Rock Creek area.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Boyd. Survivors include his wife, Kathy; son, Jon (Terri) of Walla Walla; daughter, Kim of Yakima; grandchild, Chelsea Wells of Yakima, who adored her grampa “poppy”; mother, Ruth Boyd of Baker City, Ore.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan (Ann) of Eagle, Idaho., Dave (Urmi) of Veneta, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special family included Boyd and Margaret Brown, and children Greg, Marilyn and Russell; and the extended Nantz family.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.