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Boyd Dunbar - September 19, 2010


Boyd E. Dunbar was born on the family farm northeast of Haxtun Jan. 31, 1917. He died Sept. 19, 2010.

He attended Community Center country school and Haxtun High School and graduated in 1935. He attended Colorado University where he lettered in track.

Along with his twin brother, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he spent five years, serving in the Caribbean and in the South Pacific as a PBM pilot. Upon his return home he worked for the State Highway Department for a short time as a traffic planner. He was needed on the farm, so he returned to Haxtun where he spent the rest of his life.

He married Lydia Pierce in 1946 and they had four children. He and his son Charles farmed until his retirement.

Boyd was a lifetime member of Fred C. Lewman Legion Post where he served as commander and was on the building board for several years. He served on the Haxtun Hospital Board at the time the hospital was built. He served on the ASCS committee for 14 years and on the Co-op Elevator board for nine years. He was a lifetime member of the BPOE Lodge. He was also a member of United Methodist Church in Haxtun.

Boyd remained close to his wartime crew. He and Lydia attended reunions and made trips with several of the couples.

Boyd was preceded in death by his infant son, John; brothers, Vern and Lloyd; and sister, Verla Mae. He had grown up with many Olson cousins, all of whom had preceded him in death except Vivian Spanjer. Of the Dunbar cousins, only Elmer Critchlow survives.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Lydia; sons, Dr. Bohn Dunbar and wife Teresa Gilbertson and Charles Dunbar, all of Haxtun; and daughter, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar of Karen, Kenya. His brothers’ daughters were an important part of his life: Nicola Young, Ilsa Wheeler, Deannie Dunbar, Deborah Dunbar, Cynthia Dunbar and their families.

Services were held Sept. 22 at Haxtun United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth Clark and Kristie Firme officiating.

The family requests any memorials be designated to the Haxtun Hospital Foundation.