James M. Boyd, 67, a long time Ramona resident, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, June 21, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.|
Jimmy was born in Lakeland, Florida, the youngest of seven children to William and Audrey Boyd. He lived in Florida until enlisting in the Navy in 1963. While being stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Waukegan, Illinois, he met his beloved wife Karen. Completing his training, he was stationed in San Diego aboard the USS Canberra. While being deployed to the Western Pacific, his daughter Rene' was born. Shortly before being discharged his son Shawn was born. He left the Navy in 1969 and began a new chapter as a computer technician with the NCR Corp., then Computervision. Upon retirement he drove a transit bus before taking retirement seriously and staying home to "putts" around in his garage.
Jimmy moved to the small town of Ramona in 1969. While his family was growing up he developed a love of camping in the desert where he met many lifelong friends. He coached little league baseball for several years and watched many great kids grow up to be young men and women. A bright orange Jeep came into his life that became the "never ending" project. Many hours of fun and excitement followed including being on the pit crew for Roger Mears Racing during a Baja 500. He was a man of many stories and all you had to do was ask a question and off he would go. He loved baseball, football and NASCAR and followed them religiously.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen; daughter, Rene (Ken) Pelkey of Ramona; son, Shawn (Terasa) Boyd; grandson, Eric of Ramona; and three sisters and one brother in Florida. There are just too many nieces and nephews who loved him to mention by name.
A Celebration of Life for Jimmy will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 11:00 am at Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary, Ramona. Please join us to share your memories with us.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
would be appreciated.
Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on June 28, 2012