BOYKIN, Gene Cecil (Age 75) Gene passed away, at home, in Otis Orchards, WA. Sunday, October 27, 2013, after a valiant 10 month struggle with cancer. He was born in Spokane on November 24, 1937 to the late Clyde and Irene Boykin. Gene graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1956, joined the United States Coast Guard and retired from East Valley School District Transportation Department 13 years ago. Gene is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy; his son, Bryan and wife, Jamie; his grandson, Brady and granddaughter, Brooke. Gene and Judy's son, Gary, passed away in 2005 but is survived by their daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Boykin and granddaughters, Julia and Abigail. Gene is also survived by his brother, Chuck (Charlie to Gene) Boykin, wife, Kathy and children, Catherine Boykin-Sena (Mark), Craig Boykin and Charlene Boykin and their children. Other family members include George and Delores Miller, their children and grandchildren and Fred and Linda Helms, their daughters and granddaughter. Gene's priority was always his family and friends. He enjoyed bowling, camping, racing motorcycles, boating and many years at their second home in Bayview, Idaho. Gene loved being on the water and was also a member of the Diamond Squares for many years. Friends are invited to celebrate Gene's life at a potluck, in the shop of Bryan and Jamie's, 9309 N. Mitchell Road, Otis Orchards, WA on Sunday, November 3 from 1 to 4. Please bring your chair. We want to thank "all" the staff on the 10th floor of Deaconess Hospital for the tender caring they gave to Gene. Also Hospice of Spokane, thank you for your heartfelt caring and always being there. Gene has gone to be with Gary, once again they are together. When any of us feel sad or lonely, we will look to the clouds, for our Angels are watching over us, always and forever. My heart is lost without you Gene, but I know we will be together again so I don't say goodbye - I say "meet me at the gate with open arms when I come home, my love. " "One more time". Please visit Gene's online memorial at hennesseyfuneralhomes.com to leave a message of condolence.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2013