Boyd Emory Harford Jr., died in San Diego on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, after a long illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1924, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Boyd Emory Harford and Babson Hubbert Harford of Morro Bay. They predeceased him in 1950 and 1989 respectively. He was a graduate of Kern County Union High School and Bakersfield Junior College. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno.
Boyd taught school in Austin and Spring Valley, Nev. He was a guide in a gold mine in Virginia City, Nev., for two years. He worked for the California Department of Transportation in San Diego for 16 years before moving to Kingman, where he worked for many years in the city of Kingman Engineer's Office. He enjoyed his co-workers and the many contacts with the public in the Engineer's Office.
During his years in San Diego, he was a member of a sports car club and enjoyed racing and officiating at racing events. He also enjoyed sail planing at Torrey Pines. While living in Kingman, he honed his photography skills and became an accomplished photographer of desert flowers and scenery. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Kingman Army Airfield Historical Society and Museum.
Boyd's most satisfying accomplishment after retirement was learning to fly his airplane, as airplanes and flying were the loves of his life.
Boyd is survived by and greatly missed by his brother, Hub (Halliet) Harford of Cobb, Calif.; sister, Jane (Tom) Haskell of Newport, Ore.; nephews and nieces, Tom (Marlene) Haskell of Omaha, Neb., Ted (Mary) Haskell of Portland, Ore., Ben Haskell of Newport, Ore., Russell (Isabel) Harford of Bahia Tortugas, Baja California, Greg (Diana) Harford of Sonora, Calif., Trisha Simonton of Willets, Calif., Susan (Frank) Kirby of Santa Rosa; grand-nephews and nieces, Ben and Elisabeth Haskell, Collette and Kyle Simonton, Katie Harford, Richard and Lizabeth Kirby; and cousins, Bill (Nancy) Hubbert and Marylin Lesperance.
A memorial service will be held in October at the Kingman Airport at a date to be announced. On Oct. 14, a service will be held at the home of Frank and Susan Kirby in Santa Rosa, Calif.