F. Gillar Boyd Jr. died while in hospice care on August 4, 2013 in Palm Springs at the age of 85. A resident of Palm Springs for the past 78 years, Gillar was a beloved, outstanding, and well-known community figure. He is survived by his two children Joan Boyd Johnson and Florian Boyd as well as grandchildren Kai John Boyd, Emily Johnson and Lilly Johnson. Preceding him in death were his wife of 53 years Shirley Boyd and son John Blaine Boyd. His contribution to the city through various committee board memberships, work on the Board of Directors at the Desert Water Agency, and participation in multiple community clubs are proven testament of his dedication to the city he loved. Born March 15, 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gillar moved to Palm Springs with his parents Florian and Thelma Boyd in 1935. After graduating from Palm Springs High in 1946, Gillar attended Chaffey College in Ontario for two years before graduating from the University of Southern California in 1950 with a degree in Public Administration. He went on to complete his Juris Doctor degree from USC in 1953. A Trojan through and through, Gillar was known to sport the cardinal and gold during every football season. After being discharged from the U.S. Army
in 1955, he began a legal career that he continued to practice until earlier this year. Gillar began his public service on the Desert Water Agency Board of Directors in June of 1974, and served in every position of the Board as well as several Board Committees. He continued to serve from a leadership role over the past 35 years, and he was essential to the planning, construction, and updating of the DWA's Operations Center, multiple hydroelectric facilities, and water recycling program. Retiring in April 2009 as director emeritus, Gillar was commemorated with April 21, 2009 being proclaimed Florian Gillar Boyd Jr. Day by the mayor of Palm Springs. He was the DWA Board's longest serving member to date. Aside from his law practice, and his love of colorful neckties, Gillar was also a figurehead of many local community organizations. From being the past President of the Desert Bar Association, to Commissioner of the Palm Springs Airport Commission, to a vigilant member of the Palm Springs Rotary Club
, to an active participant and lay reader at his church, and member of over 25 other city committees -- his care and devotion to the community were endless. Gillar will always be remembered, and his humor and love will never be forgotten. Please join family and friends in celebrating a memorial mass on October 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, 125 W El Alameda in Palm Springs. The family would like to thank Aloha Home Care and Serenity Hospice for their kind and loving care of Gillar in his final days.
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