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Carl Kirk Boyer

1938 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Carl Kirk Boyer Obituary
CARL KIRK BOYER 9/14/38 - 8/8/15 Carl passed away unexpectedly, after a brief illness, Saturday, August 8, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was surrounded by his loving family and very close personal friends. Carl was born in Olathe, CO to Frank Kirk Boyer and Ola Fae (Smith) Boyer. He was the oldest of five children. When Carl was five years old, his parents moved the family to San Bernardino, CA, where he was raised. His father built many houses for their family, and eventually, Carl would help his dad. Carl's father helped him get into the Carpenter's Union as an Apprentice Carpenter, and from there, he was "hooked". Carl met and married Sharon Adair (McCoy) Boyer at a young age and started a family. Through their union together, they welcomed three beautiful children, Carl K. "Corky" Boyer, Jr., Terrance W. "Terry" Boyer, and Felicia S. Boyer. When Carl was 26 years old, he went to work for E.L. Yeager Construction, one of Southern California's largest general engineering contractors, as a bridge superintendent on a large highway project. At 30, he was in charge of all structure work in the field, and at 32, he started doing all of the structure estimating, along with managing all of the structure fieldwork. In 1992, Carl became president of E.L. Yeager Construction Company, and in 1994, he was given the opportunity and privilege, along with 5 partners, to purchase the company from its owners, Jacques and Eugene Yeager. For 10 years, Carl and his partners owned Yeager Construction, building very large highways, bridges, canals, channels, dams, and earthquake repair work before selling to, at the time, the second largest contractor in the world...Skanska. Carl belonged to many contractor organizations and sat on some of their boards. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, CA. Carl was a very strong, fair-minded man. He was honest and very straightforward. His word and handshake were "as good as gold". Carl met his second wife, Laura (Gauna) Roche, while working at Yeager Construction in 1993. Following a family reunion in 2004, Carl and Laura moved to Montrose, CO. In 2005, they were finally married. Altogether, they shared 21 amazingly beautiful years together. Carl loved remodeling their home and enjoyed tinkering around the property with his beloved dog, Oreo, in his ATV. He always took pride in making sure the ponds and pathways looked pristine...like a rustic and rural "Disneyland" on the river. Carl and Laura also enjoyed building their second home in Scottsdale, AZ. Carl will be remembered for so many things. As serious as he could be, he was a teddy bear at heart. He enjoyed and loved his family and friends immensely, always telling stories and sharing fun times of days gone by. He would always say, 'To know me is to love me'. Those closest to Carl knew how special and sincere his relationship was with them, as Carl loved them back. How much more blessed can a person be? Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Kirk and Ola Fae Boyer; his youngest brother, Robert "Butchie" Boyer; and his niece, Brook Gile. Survivors include his wife, Laura, of the family home in Montrose, CO; his first wife, Sharon Boyer of Bremerton, WA; his three children, "Corky" Boyer, of San Bernardino, CA, "Terry" (Cherie) Boyer, of Bremerton, WA, and Felicia Boyer, of Bremerton, WA; his brothers, Jim (Mickey) Boyer, of Montrose, CO, and Ed (Sheri) Boyer, of Highland, CA; sister, Betsy (Wayne) Drake, of Montrose, CO; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved dogs, Oreo and Riley Sue. Per Carl's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church, P.O. Box 565, Ouray, CO 81427-0565, or Heirlooms for Hospice, 435 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 18, 2015
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