Boyd Holden Farr


Boyd Holden Farr of Lafayette, California, died Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Walnut Creek, California. He was the husband of Winona Christensen Farr. Boyd was born on 29 April, 1923, in Downey, Idaho, the son of Atherton and Mary Jensen Farr.

Boyd grew up on a dry wheat farm. In his youth, he enjoyed sports (basketball), music (the clarinet), and scouting. In 1942, Boyd entered the engineering program at the University of Utah, where he met the love of his life, Winona. Four years later, on 11 May, 1946, they were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple by President George Albert Smith. In the spring of 1944, Boyd’s college deferment was lifted, so he enlisted in the Navy in the Electronic training program. After graduation, Boyd was assigned to the USS Healy, a destroyer, which escorted the Battleship New Jersey through numerous engagements, including Guam, Wake, and Okinawa. The USS Healy acted as harbor control vessel in Tokyo harbor, when the treaty ending the war with Japan was signed. After the war, Boyd and Winona moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where Boyd worked for RCA. Boyd served as RCA’s field representative for the western part of the United States. While working for RCA, Boyd helped introduce television and later assisted in the introduction of the 45 rpm player in Philadelphia. After retiring from RCA, Boyd became an entrepreneur, starting two different companies, Service West and Ogment Group. The latter company he started with his son, Randal. During his golden years, Boyd enjoyed serving with his wife as ordinance workers in the Oakland Temple. He called this “a most enjoyable experience.” He spent the latter years of his life serving his church and his family.

Boyd is survived by his wife, his children: Kipley Atherton Farr, Valerie Mary Farr Bosworth, and Randal Boyd Farr, his sister, Persis Farr Thomas, eight grandchildren: Michael, Rachel, Emma, Elizabeth, Gregory, Abram, Tessa, and Ethan, and by nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two daughters, Winona Aimee and Pia Hi’ilani and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday november 7, 2009 at 12 noon in Horsley’s Marsh Valley Funeral home 570 N. Meadowview Dr. in Arimo. Friends may visit with the Farr family on Saturday prior to services from 11:00-11:45 am. Burial will follow in the Arimo Cemetery.

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