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Official Obituary of

Boyd Waid Spellman

February 1, 1941 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Boyd Spellman Obituary

Boyd Waid Spellman, 83, of Great Falls, MT passed on February 21, 2024. Boyd was born on February 1,1941 in Columbus Ohio to Melvin and Garnet (Zimmerman) Spellman. His family moved to Florida and then on to Arlington Virginia where Boyd graduated from High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory and Henry College and continued his education at the University of Virginia where he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration. Boyd served 34 years working for the Culpeper County School System of Virginia beginning as a math teacher followed by Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Federal Programs and finally Superintendent, retiring in 1999.         

During his tenure at Culpeper County Schools he was a gun safety instructor for students.  This was back in the day when you could still bring shotguns and rifles to school. He felt that it gave students who were not involved in athletics an outlet to keep them on a positive path.                                                                                     

Boyd was known to be an outdoorsman who loved trapping, shooting and fishing.  He began trapping fox when their furs were at a premium but when the fur market dropped, he was approached by a hunt club in Warrenton Virginia about trapping live fox for them. During the week of Thanksgiving and the week Christmas he would trap over one hundred fox per week. It is likely that Christopher Reeves chased down one of the very fox that Boyd trapped during those early years.                                                                                 

Boyd spent many days shooting skeet and sporting clays, shooting about 26,000 rounds per year.  He travelled for tournaments winning many trophies and awards, his most cherished being a belt buckle for the 2005 A1 Class Championship in Montana. He wore it proudly every day.                                                                                   

His teaching skills carried on to the shooting range where he taught people of all ages how to handle and fire a shotgun. He found such joy in seeing his students gain confidence and perfect their skill in the sport of shooting clays. Many of these individuals became lifelong friends.                                                                                          

On April 1, 2001, after selling his Virginia properties, Boyd and his wife Jennifer hit the road full time in their Airstream trailer.  They became Texas residents and traveled across the country bird hunting.  You see, Boyd was also an avid wing shooter.  Their life became a bird chase earning him the nickname “Birdbrain” from his loving wife Jennifer. After a year and a half on the hunt, Jennifer and Boyd settled in McAllister Montana where he enjoyed floating and fishing the Madison River. Boyd became a shooting instructor for the local range, setting up the sporting clays range for their customers as well as for the club members. In 2006 Jennifer and Boyd moved to Ulm, Montana followed by a move to Great Falls where they built their dream home. This is where Boyd enjoyed his remaining years.                                                                                       

Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Garnet Spellman and his brother Rance Spellman. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Spellman and their Labrador Retrievers Jake and Daisy. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home and a celebration of life will be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers please spend quality time with your family and friends enjoying the great outdoors. This would bring a smile to Boyd’s face.

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