Boyd Wesley Claassen

January 7, 1957 ~ May 26, 2020 (age 63)


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Boyd was born in Great Falls, Montana on January 7th, 1957.  He passed in Tucson, Arizona on May 26th, 2020 at the age of 63.

Boyd lived his life as he chose.  He didn’t always conform to other people’s ideas of what he should do.  He was independent and made his own decisions.  Some might say he was stubborn, but he was true to himself.  He loved the outdoors.  Boyd would often take his dog, Diablo, and go camping; just the two of them.  Boyd had a charisma about him.  He made friends everywhere he went.  At the age of four, kids would come to the door asking for Slugger to come and play ball.  When camping with his family as a young boy he went down to fish at the lake and brought a new friend back to camp.  During his high school years, the phone rang constantly with calls for Boyd. It was never difficult to find a babysitter for his younger sister.  Girls would take the job in hopes to see Boyd.  He played football, baseball, and basketball.  Boyd was a natural athlete.  He was smart, too.  He didn’t need to study for good grades.  He’d achieve whatever he felt he wanted to do.  One time he was failing a class and his mother was upset.  Shortly after that Boyd tossed his report card at her and said, “Here’s the A you wanted.”  Boyd loved to tease his younger sister whenever he could.  He wouldn’t let anyone else have that privledge though.  If anyone was rude to her, Boyd would be fired up and ready to go after them. 

Boyd and his mom could sit and talk for hours.  They were a great deal alike and both could have some fiery moments, but she loved him dearly.  The two of them had been through a lot together in his younger years.  Boyd and his grandmother had a special bond.  He was her first grandchild and he lived with her for a time when he was young, and then again in his early adult years. 

Boyd was a hard worker.  He worked with his dad at Learjet and moved up quickly.  Unfortunately, he was laid off and went on to do other work.  He worked in San Diego for a short time, but the city life wasn’t for him.  He laid carpet with his uncle until his knees and back could no longer take the physical labor of it.  He spent most of his adult years working in maintenance for a property management company.  His coworkers loved him and raved about him being a great friend to everyone.  It was there he met his girlfriend and became like family to her daughter and grandchildren.  His girlfriend passed before him.  At the time of his death, Boyd was living alone in Tucson with numerous friends looking out for him.    Recently, a friend had surprised Boyd with a reunion of their old high school crew.

Boyd truly lived his life just the way he wanted to, and he will lay to rest under the big sky of Montana with his grandmother.

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