2015-04-09 / Obituaries


On Friday, March 27, 2015, lifelong Mariposa resident Robert “Bob” Howard Boyer passed away from natural causes at Emeritus Assisted Living in Merced. He was 92 years old.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Woodward Boyer, his siblings Vern Boyer, Glen Hendricks, Pete Hendricks, Velma Gordon, Teen Kempton and Fran Hendricks Phillips, and by his wife of eight years, Doris Mendonca.

Bob was born in Hanford on Sept. 11, 1922, to Sidney and Eleanor Boyer of Bootjack. He attended school at the old Sebastopol School and then Mariposa County High School as a member of the class of 1940.

Bob and Dorothy were married on Aug. 2, 1942, which was quickly followed by his enlistment in the U.S. Navy where he served as a machinist’s mate on the U.S.S. Gilmore during World War II. He was involved in combat in the Pacific, beginning with the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, the Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. When the war ended he was dispatched to Nagasaki, Japan. Bob also served in the Korean War.

Bob was active in the VFW, Odd Fellows, E Clampus Vitus and the American Legion, as well as Boy Scouts, Little League, FFA and the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train. He was an avid golfer and played as often as possible. At age 91, Bob became a published co- author in the book “Inspiring Generations 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite” which is a special edition book published by the Yosemite Conservancy.

Bob is survived by his children, Sandra Chase, Stanley and Judy Boyer, and Arlyne Boyer, and by his grandchildren Bob Chase, Christine and Jesse Scholler, Jeana and Bob Marshall, Carl Boyer, Marcy Boyer, and Jonathan Boyer. He also has seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, including Jeff and Michele Chase and Audrey, Taylor and Tanner, Robbie and Brittney Chase and Brenton and Bayne, Laci Marshall and son Hudson, Cami Chase and son Tucker, Shawni Marshall, Dillon Scholler, and Matt Chase and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a true American individualist, a mentor, a patriot, a family man, a friend, and a hard worker, always ready and willing to help everyone. He is loved and missed by all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at the Mariposa Funeral Home, followed by a reception at the VFW Hall. Bob will be laid to rest in the Odd Fellows portion of the Mariposa Cemetery.

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