Edwin Earl Boyd, known by many as 'Ed,' 'Bud,' 'Big Moose' or 'Papa' was born on September 18, 1926 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. He went home to be with the Lord on March 28, 2016. Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Frances Boyd, and by his eleven siblings: Jewel Mitchel, Violet (Tommy) Burton, Merle Boyd, Virgil Boyd, Vivian (Dink) Muskgraves, Floral (Flo) Deal, Edith Shrader, Helen Grant, Minnie Spurling, Cleda Mooney and Freddie Boyd. Ed and Pauline are survived by their two sons, Gene and Jerry; four grandchildren: Kim, Michael, Evan and Tatum; six great grandchildren: Candice, Jered, Peyton, Paige, Garrett, Emma, Cameron and Ethan; and four great, great grandchildren: Ryder, Hannah, Elijah, and Dani Lynn.
Ed's parents brought the children out to California, from Oklahoma in 1932 during the 'Dust Bowl' era. They piled everything they owned on top of their car, and set out for a new life, eventually settling in the San Joaquin valley, more specifically, Kern County. They worked their way across the country by picking seasonal crops. While stopping along the side of the road to make meals, the kids, often, swam in nearby rivers. Ed talked about what fun it was, as a kid, with other families in migrant camps. The family worked hard, and played, whenever they could, but, always together. That hard work ethic, his playfulness and love of people, will be the person most people think of when they remember Ed.
The work history for Ed began as a child and continued into his 80s. He worked for Smart & Final, PMT and then as a driver for California Motor Express for 32 years. After he and Pauline retired he began driving trucks and trailers delivering cars for Mercedes-Benz of Bakersfield.
The love of Ed's life was his pretty wife, Pauline. They married as teenagers but enjoyed a life dedicated to each other for over 72 years. Their lives were full of friends and family. During their early years, raising their sons, they camped in the desert, on the beach and water-skied at lakes. Later they were a part of a CB club; her handle was 'Gad About' and his was 'Big Moose'. They were also active in a square dance group and camper club. Even into their golden years they stayed involved with family and friends. They could be seen riding their electric scooters around the neighborhood, visiting and checking on the welfare of others.
Ed and Polly loved being with their children and grandchildren. Ed, however, was the instigator and biggest participant of most games, pranks, and adventures. He could make the smallest outing or project into something special, until time just melted away.
Ed was 89 years old when he passed away. One year, to the month, after Pauline went to heaven, Ed followed her. They lived a life of love; they selflessly and generously gave to others and to each other, without expectations. They are loved and will be greatly missed by all of us.
"Thank you mom and dad, (AKA) 'Papa and Granny' for everything."
Memorial service & celebration of Ed's life: N. Minster Presbyterian Church at 3700 Union Ave., Bakersfield, CA. on Saturday, April 9, at 11:00, lunch in fellowship hall following the service.
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