January 12, 1922 - March 5, 2013
South San Francisco
Boyd Ray Labrum died at home in South San Francisco of heart failure at the age of 91 on March 5, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
He was born January 12, 1922 in Roosevelt, Utah. At the age of 13, he moved to Grass Valley, California where he worked in the gold mines and met Sue Kistle. They married in Reno, Nevada on February 11, 1941 then moved to Berkeley where Boyd began work as a welder at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond. He later became a foreman and claimed to have personally cut every fantail on every Liberty Ship built in Richmond.
Inducted into the United States Army on October 9, 1944, Boyd served in the Infantry during World War II. He received a Purple Heart in June 1945 for wounds received during action on Okinawa, a Good Conduct Medal in July 1945, a Victory Medal in October 1945, and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. He also helped disarm the Japanese Army at the conclusion of the War and was honorably discharged in January 1946 as a Technician 4th Grade Automotive Mechanic.
Boyd and Sue moved to South San Francisco in 1950 when Boyd became a Chevron dealer with a station at the corner of Orange Avenue and El Camino Real, which he continued to operate throughout the '60s and '70s.
Well-known for always having a joke to tell and for his generosity to family and friends, Boyd hired, housed, and fed many who were down on their luck. He was quick to give a loan and didn't always receive payback but never complained and always had good things to say about everyone. Over the years, he even befriended a few stray cats and dogs which became treasured companions.
He is predeceased by his wife, Sue (who was the last survivor of a family of 20 children), and first-born son, Ray. He is survived by daughter Sandra, son Ronald, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great grandchildren. Boyd was the last survivor of 10 children born to Cora Luella Johnson and John George Labrum and is sorely missed.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 8, 2013