Boyd James Leavitt, 80, peacefully passed away at his home in Blackfoot in the company of his loving family, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
Boyd was born in Moreland on April 24, 1933 to James and Wanda Leavitt. Although he spent most of his life in and around Blackfoot, he spent two years in California, where his dad was stationed in the Navy, just before his sister Sharon was born.
He attended Blackfoot High School and at the age of 19 he married the love of his life Marjorie Swainston on Dec. 17, 1952.
Boyd was in the National Guard from 1952 to 1955. He was a welder, mechanic and worked with sheet metal and bodywork. He received his mechanic's training in the military and was honorably discharged in 1955.Â
He worked in Blackfoot for Custom Body and Burdetteâ€™s Auto Body for 13 years and Johnâ€™s Auto Body for 13 years. Boyd and Marge moved to Battle Mountain, Nev. in 1989 to be closer to their sons and grandchildren. There he worked at Echo Bay as a mechanic in the gold mines. Ten years later they returned to Blackfoot, where he worked for the City of Blackfoot where he restored a classic Chevy for the city, which he was very proud of. Boyd retired in 2006.
Boyd and Marge had five children: Bret J. Leavitt and Richard A. Leavitt preceded him in death. Reed (Geoffrey) Leavitt, of Nevada; their only daughter Penny (Brent) Stenersen of Pocatello, and the youngest, Layne (Dava) Leavitt, also of Pocatello, survive. They have been blessed with 17 grandkids, two of which, Beau and Amy, preceded him in death, and 18 great-grandkids.
Above all, Boyd enjoyed spending time with his family. While his kids were growing up they enjoyed vacations to Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and trips up to the cabin in Island Park, and taking camping trips.Â
The outdoors is where he was happiest. Boyd loved camping, boating, fishing, snowmobiles, motorcycles, hunting, taking the boat out and waterskiing. He would also take his grandkids fishing and patiently untangle their lines for the majority of the trips.Â
Boyd was family to many and a friend to all, never having idle hands. He was always there to help, happy to teach anything he could and willing and happy to learn from anyone. He's known to many, mostly family, as â€śFoddyâ€ť. Anyone who had the pleasure to know him has happy memories and knows that he will be missed. We are grateful that he is no longer in pain and that we all have another angel looking over us. Even Heaven is improved by his presence.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.Â A celebration of life was held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
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