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William "Brian" Boyett

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Boyett, William "Brian"
Our treasured husband, father, and friend, Brian Boyett, walked gracefully into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and his parents who preceded him in death, on the afternoon of December 24. He left us unexpectedly but with his favorite music playing and his family by his side, holding his hands. Daddy grew up in a desolate part of West Texas with no water except a rain barrel, no electricity, and no phone. His family was so poor that his parents trade bales of hay to the Doctor in exchange for the birth of my dad. Thankfully, he had a strong and dedicated Christian family who, in their poverty, were still able to send all 3 kids to college. His brother, Dale and his sister, Annetta remain to help us remember and celebrate him as the years go by. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Agriculture. During college, he was in Who's Who two times, was an active member of ROTC, and started a band called the Texas String Busters, partly in order to help with the college expenses of his younger siblings. He went to a lot of dances and made some life long friends and memories. After college, he joined the Air Force as a First Lieutenant and was stationed in Bermuda during the Korean War, jumped railroad trains with his friends to travel and to find summer jobs up north, went to work for the National Cotton Council, eventually moved to Arizona, was a founding member of the Water Quality Association, and started a water treatment business in Mesa which is run today by his son, Hayden. After moving to Arizona, our father met our mother, Roberta Jean Hayden whose family was original Scottsdale settlers and cotton farmers. Brian and Roberta had both decided that they would never meet the right person to marry. Thankfully, a mutual friend realized that they were a match for each other and so the great love of 47 years began. Much of their dating was spent dancing at places like the Riverside Ballroom, Handlebar J, having desert sing-a-longs with their friends, and going to church together. Music was a huge influence throughout our father's life. He played guitar and had a strong singing voice. Our family played music together as a band and met so many treasured music friends in our travels around Arizona and New Mexico. We would play Gospel music and fiddle music and old country songs. Daddy loved sitting out on his swing, looking at his yard with "his" type of music playing in the background, enjoying the simple pleasures of his life like gazing at his old lanterns, rocks, things that were rusted, and wildflowers. That was a perfect afternoon. God's grace kept him from lingering and suffering. He was a man who couldn't be kept still. Church and their youth groups were an important and meaningful part of his life, from the time he started going to Sunday School as a child and singing with his family quartet at the old country church each Sunday. His desire was that young people would feel the love of Jesus and carry that with them into their adult lives to lean on. In lieu of flowers, he would most appreciate a donation to "Arizona Community Church (in Tempe) with a designation of High School group." Brian leaves behind the love of his life, Roberta; his children, Katrina and Hayden; his grandson, Blake; members of the Hayden family from Tucson and Buckeye; members of the Boyett family from West Texas. Arrangements are being kindly handled by Carr-Tenney Mortuary in Tempe, Arizona (480) 967-2104 Services will be held on Saturday, January 2
at Arizona Community Church. To learn more about Brian's life? go to, click on "About Us", scroll down to "Click Here for Bio's", then click on "Brian Boyett".

Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 29, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2010
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