David F. Boyd was born and raised in Montrose, Calif. In high school, he ran cross country and was elected to the senior class government in La Canada High School, graduating in 1965.
As a result, he immediately was promoted to a rank of specialist E4. Spc. Boyd was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay U.S. Army Depot 1st Logistical Command in Vietnam, where he served from December 1968 to the end of 1969. His duty was an inventory supply auditor and his success in that deployment earned him a promotion to specialist E5.
Imagine David’s surprise when he and his unit were offered the choice to go to church on Sunday instead of working or learn to water ski. He went to church but, you guessed it, he did both and returned to the states knowing how to water ski.
Upon returning from the deployment, Spc. Boyd finished his military career at Fort Meade, Maryland, with the HHD 42nd Trans Battalion, where he was honorably discharged in July 1971.
David Boyd received the following service decorations: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, 2 O/S Bars Sharpshooter Badge Rifle M14, Expert Badge Rifle M16 and the Good Conduct Medal.
After discharge, Boyd was employed by a national bank on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for about 10 years. He enjoyed spending time at the Smithsonian while in D.C.
In October 1980, he moved to Albuquerque to help with his aging parents. A friend asked him to join him at a square dance party and there he met Kathy, whose friend had invited her to the same party. Kathy, who had recently become a widow, later became his wife, and David became a stepfather to Kathy’s 7-year-old son.
After his marriage to Kathy and working a few more years in the banking industry, David was looking for a change. He attended truck driving school in 1995, quickly attaining his professional truck driving certificate. For the next 16 years, he worked for several trucking companies and retired from ABF Freight Systems on Oct. 31, 2011.
During the past decade while living in Belen, the Boyds have been enjoying retirement and spending time with their son and two grandchildren.
David and Kathy volunteer at Valley Lutheran Church in Los Lunas and at their HOA, Sunrise Bluffs, in Belen. David volunteers to handle maintenance, repairing and installing whatever is needed at the HOA.
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