Robert M. Boyle

Non sibi sed patriae. Robert Malcolm "Bob" Boyle passed away peacefully at age 91 in Everett on January 5, 2014. Bob was born at home at 927 Grand Avenue in Everett to Phimister Proctor Boyle and Marjorie Butterworth Boyle November 23, 1922. He grew up in Everett and attended Washington School and North Junior High. He graduated from Seattle's Lakeside High School in 1941, serving as student body president his senior year. Throughout most of his life the Boyle family maintained a summer home at Warm Beach where Bob was a very popular young man and known for having the fastest boat at the beach. After high school Bob went on to spend his freshman year at Oberlin College in Ohio where he played football, before his nomination by Senator Henry Jackson to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, from which he graduated in 1945. Although a lifelong Republican, he proudly marched as a midshipman representing the Naval Academy in the funeral procession following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in April, 1945. After graduation from the Academy he served as supply officer on the destroyer USS Eversole at the end of World War II and continued his career in the Navy until 1947. He returned to duty again in 1953-1954 during the Korean War. While serving in the Navy, Bob completed 23 separate deployments aboard the USS Bataan, USS Arkansas and USS New York. While docked in Tokyo as his ship was being serviced, he renewed his friendship with Mary Jeannette Hunt who was from South Dakota and whom he had previously met in Seattle. Mary was serving with the U.S. State Department in Japan. Following his tour of duty he taught U.S. Naval history, strategy and tactics at the Naval Academy, He married Mary in the Navy Chapel at Annapolis on February 27, 1954, and as they walked into the church, they passed under the Navy motto in Latin that translated into English reads "Not for self, but for country." This motto served as the blueprint for their well-lived lives. In 1954 the Boyles moved back to the Pacific Northwest where Bob went to work for Everett Pulp and Paper. As the mill changed hands and names and became Simpson and then Simpson-Lee, Bob climbed the corporate ladder and ended up serving as plant manager and vice-president. During this period in Everett Bob was very active in the community sitting on the board and as chairman of the Everett Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs, the board of the Snohomish County United Good Neighbors (now United Way) and the board of the Everett YMCA where he served as president. In the late 1960's, the Boyle family moved to San Francisco and he went to work for Crown Zellerbach rising to the position of Executive Vice-President and director. In San Francisco, Bob served as president of the San Francisco Boy Scouts of America. The family moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 1980 and Bob returned to his volunteer position on the board of the Everett YMCA. Bob Boyle was preceded in death by his parents; by Mary his wife of 46 years; his son, Bruce Michael Boyle; his son-in-law, Paul R. Wuest; and his beloved long time companion, Clare Hulbert. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Wuest; his sister, Marilyn Barton; grandchildren, Sarah Wuest Parlin, Steven Berg, M. Grace Berg, Mary Wuest; great-grandchildren, Rowan and Flynn Parlin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Everett native Robert M. Boyle will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a good neighbor, a wonderful friend, a skilled mariner and lover of the sea, an outstanding citizen, and a patriotic American. A gathering of friends and family will take place at one of Bob's favorite places, the Red Cup Cafe in Mukilteo (619 Fourth St.), from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 17. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Everett YMCA, 2720 Rockefeller, Everett, WA 98201; United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave, Everett, WA 98201; and the Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club, 1134 Second St., Mukilteo WA, 98275.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2014