The life of Raymond Douglas Boyd, 31, came to an end June 6, 2012, in Phoenix. However, he lives on in others because he was an organ donor and gave life to two others with his lungs and a kidney. Other people received his corneas and skin tissue for burn victims and others.
Raymond had been battling with various health issues for four years. After going to the Mayo Hospital Clinic in Phoenix in September 2010, his health did turn around. He was getting better, but he still had liver issues. He returned to Phoenix in May to have surgery and was responding well when his body decided it couldn't continue.
Raymond was born Sept. 22, 1980, in Fairbanks, the oldest of three sons to Bobby and Ray Boyd. He was a proud big brother to Corey and Nick.
He participated in Special Olympics, parks and recreation programs, Junior Nordic Ski and raced BMX for 11 years where he had been state champion for his age group several times.
He was an employee at Michael's craft store, also known as "Raymond's Store," for almost 13 years.
In 1996 he traveled to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, with his dad and two others to participate in Special Olympics cross-country skiing. In 2001 he was selected as one of 10 Alaskan participants in a cross-cultural exchange with Hawaii. That March 10, Hawaiians came to Alaska and the 20 participants did winter activities and different job study activities in Anchorage for 10 days. In June the Alaskans went to Hawaii and did a variety of ocean activities. Raymond was the only participant who was allowed to ocean kayak solo because of his swimming ability. While there, he met Adam Sandler, his favorite movie star. He always wanted to return to Hawaii; he loved it there.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Ray and Maxine Boyd, and maternal grandfather Bob Feistner.
He is survived by his mother Bobby Boyd; brother and sister-in-law Corey and Gabbie Boyd of North Pole; his father Ray Boyd, of Avondale, Ariz.; brother Nick Boyd and his fiancé Ashley Pursell of Buckeye, Ariz.; nieces and nephews Daniel and Paisley Boyd of Buckeye, Ariz., and Darby and Brendan McFetridge of North Pole; his grandmother Bonnie Feistner; aunts and uncles Linda and Craig Capoun, Juaqui Franklin, Doug and Sadie Feistner, Rick and Tammy Boyd, all of Fairbanks, Joe and Lynda Feistner of Colorado, Laura and Tom Mutchler of Montana, Sharon Vicars of Washington state, Bill Boyd of Florida, Beverly Coran of Kansas; and many cousins throughout Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and other states.
A potluck celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall on the Chena River.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Raymond to: Tanana Valley Special Olympics, P.O. Box 82425, Fairbanks, AK 99708.
Raymond quickly found his way into the hearts of many. He bantered back and forth with all with his Raymondisms. "Yes Raymond, We all are shopping carts with no wheels without you."
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 8, 2012