Emit C. Boyd, eighty-four, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 22, 2014, where he lived for the past twenty years. He was a former teacher and principal in the Ocean Park School District, Superintendent of the Lake Quinault School District, and Superintendent of the Wahkiakum School District.
Emit was born September 16, 1929 in Minden, Louisiana. During his childhood, he moved from Missouri to Mississippi to Oregon to Eastern Washington, and finally settled with his parents in Vancouver, Washington during World War II where they purchased a dry cleaning store near the Clark County Courthouse. He graduated from Vancouver High School (now, Fort Vancouver High School) in 1947 and went on to earn an Associates of Arts degree from Clark College in 1949, a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching certificate from the University of Washington in 1951, a Masters in Education from Western Washington State College in 1960, and his Washington State School Superintendent’s credentials from the University of Washington in 1969. He spent a career in public education spanning thirty years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent—serving students in Ilwaco and Long Beach from 1951 to 1965; for a short time in the Department of Defense Schools in France from 1955 to 1956; in Quinault from 1965 to 1972; and in Cathlamet from 1972 to 1981. He traveled almost every summer during the past twenty years to attend high school reunions of former students in Ilwaco and Long Beach, Washington—a highlight of his retirement. He will be remembered as a kind mentor, a beloved teacher, and a teller of many “stories” and jokes by hundreds of his former students.
After retiring from public education in 1981, Emit opened an insurance agency in Cathlamet, Washington and expanded his services to include tax preparation and bookkeeping. He sold his business in 1994. He was active in a wide variety of community service activities and organizations during his working and “retired years,” to include: Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge (Master and Life Member), Scottish Rite and Afifi Temple of the Shrine, the Wahkiakum County Historical Society, Cathlamet Commercial Club, Cathlamet Congregational Church Trustee, Lower Columbia College Foundation Board of Directors, and the Educational Services District #112 Board of Directors.
Emit was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus W. and Georgia E. Boyd, his brother Rufus H. Boyd, and his niece, Deborah Ann Boyd Scanlon. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Martha Boyd of Vancouver, Washington, his niece, Sandra S. Lipsey of Cottonwood, California, his nephews, Robert A. Boyd and Michael D. Boyd of Vancouver, Washington, and several great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service for Emit will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational (United Church of Christ) Church in Cathlamet. A reception at the Congregational Church social room will be held immediately following the Celebration of Life service.