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Richard J. Boyden
Butch was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 30, 1941, and died February 18, 2013, in Cedar City, Utah, after a brief illness. Butch graduated from East High School in 1959 under an assumed name (in the audience of proud parents, mother was shocked to hear her son's name inexplicably announced as Richard "Pierre" Boyden). He enlisted in the US Navy shortly thereafter and served on the destroyer USS Hopewell in the South China Sea during the early days of the war in Viet Nam. After he left the Navy, Butch moved to Logan, UT, and took a position at Thiokol Corporation. From there, he was hired by the graphics department of American Oil Company in Salt Lake, and was subsequently promoted to be manager of the graphic arts and reproductions department at that company's headquarters in Kansas City, KS. He returned to Salt Lake and worked for many years as a photographer in the Salt Lake City school system. Butch is survived by two daughters, Demaree Chappel and Josie Boyden; two grandchildren, Kylie and Joshua; his ex-wife, Doris; two brothers, Steve and Jon; a sister, Julie; and all his wonderful nieces and nephews. He is also fondly remembered by the many young people he took in and became a father figure for. For most of his life, Butch loved the desert and its wild emptiness, so after his retirement in 2006, Butch relocated to Cedar City to be near the beauty of Utah's red-rock country, which he treasured. Butch's many friends realized he marched to the beat of his own drum, and they accepted him as he was.
He valued those friendships above almost everything else; even so, he requested that no services be held and the family accepts his wishes.
Butch would think it cool if those wishing to do so would make a contribution to a childrens' .


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 24, 2013
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