Herb Boynton Loving family man, highly regarded friend, and successful business executive Herb Boynton, 88, died at his La Jolla residence Monday evening, August 5, 2013. Mr. Boynton was born on August 20, 1924 in Tacoma, WA. Upon graduation from Lincoln High School, he served in World War II in the India/Burma/China region. After the war, he returned home to attend the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. He worked as a U.S. Customs Inspector and for the Seattle Port Authority before deciding to make a new life for his family in California. Arriving in San Diego in 1953, Mr. Boynton embarked on a career in the aerospace industry, which continued into the early 1970s. During these early years, his favorite outdoor activity and sport was skin diving. He was Commissioner of The Delta Divers skin diving club, and competed in diving meets with friends for many years, acquiring a large collection of trophies and abalone shells. Because of a long-held passion for health and nutrition, Mr. Boynton took a significant risk when, in a life-altering career change, he opened Point Loma Health Foods in 1971. Eight years later he formed Nutrition 21, an applied nutritional research company. Nutrition 21 was the first company to introduce the essential nutrients selenium and chromium into the mainstream market. Through his leadership, the company prospered; it was sold when he retired in 1996 at the age of 72. Mr. Boynton frequently lectured at symposiums and health expos, especially on the health benefits of lowering sodium intake while increasing potassium intake. To this end, he also wrote many papers and co-authored the book, The Salt Solution. Blessed with an amazing head for facts, figures, and trivia too, he was a member of both MENSA and IPSE and continued to educate himself his entire life. He read widely on all the sciences and the natural world. He also enjoyed traveling and trivia game get-togethers with his family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Boynton, his three daughters, Diana Chubbic, Stephanie Dutton, and Melissa Cunningham, their spouses, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and his sister, Mrs. Barbara Smith. A private service is planned for the family; interment is planned in Seattle at Lake View Cemetery in late September.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Aug. 18, 2013