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6/18/2013 6:02:00 AM
Obituary: A. Boyce Macdonald
Mr. Macdonald
Mr. Macdonald

A. Boyce Macdonald, 62, passed away June 12, 2013 surrounded by his family. Boyce was born June 3, 1951 in El Paso, Texas.

The family moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1956, where he attended Rose Lane Elem. and graduated Camelback High School in 1969. Boyce attended Northern Arizona University in the fall of 1969, where he made many lifelong friends. He then enlisted in the Army, served in the National Guard and was stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Boyce met the love of his life, Lynn Longfellow, at NAU, they married December of 1973. He then graduated NAU in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Geography. Boyce and Lynn moved to their beloved Cherry, Ariz. in 1976, and had two daughters, Jessica and Jocelyn. Boyce was currently working as a Planning and Land Use Unit Manager for Yavapai County Development Services. Boyce was a community activist, having served on many boards and committees to better the community he loved. He enjoyed exploring the state of Arizona, hiking, camping and driving vintage VW's and Harley Davidson's. Boyce was an avid sports fan, whether it be professional teams or his kids and grandboys, he supported them all.

Boyce was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Mildred Macdonald and his brother, Charlie Macdonald. He is survived by his loving wife Lynn; his daughters Jessica (Paul) Hines and Jocelyn (Dave) Colegrove; and his grandchildren Parker, Peyton, Brody and Bailey.

Boyce battled kidney disease since 1987, please make any donations in his name to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, 4203 E. Indian School Road, Suite 140 Phoenix, AZ 85018 or www.azkidney.org.

Join in the celebration of his life at 1 p.m. June 29, 2013, at Bradshaw Mountain High School, East Campus, HUSD #22, 6411 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Article comment by: Kathiee Ross

Lynn, Jess, Jos, family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. Boyce always had a smile even though he was struggling with his kidney issues. I don't think he missed many if any of the sports events his daughters were in.. He was a good man.
My heart is sad for all of you.
Hugs to all of you,

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: Sebastien Lauzon

Such sad news. He was a great man, may he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Dan Brower

I heard from a mutual friend that Boyce had passed. I went to High School with Boyce and played football with him. When I read the line about vintage VW, I thought of one incident.I rode to school with Boyce(big) Dan Keifer 6'4"230# Craig Whitsell 6'5" 245 and myself 6' 235#, all crammed into a VW bug. One day, some guy went off and was honking and yelling at us. Boyce pulled over and we all piled out. He took one look at us and was gone. God bless his family and all who knew him.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Randy Robinson

I remember Boyce from the Camelback High days but especially at NAU. Boyce was such a great guy. Lynn, you and Boyce were a wonderful couple sharing this life. My condolences goes out to the entire MacDonald family.

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Christi Armer

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Boyce was a wonderful person and made a profound difference in many of our lives. God be with you. Love Christi

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Phillips

I knew Boyce as the younger brother of one of my best friends. He was always that special little brother at sporting events and later in life as a friend. The last time I saw and talked to Boyce was at Charlie's service in Florida. It was a sad day then and a sad day today. God Bless you Boyce for being who you were!

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Patti cooper

I first met Boyce when he was a substitute teacher in the Humboldt School District. Lynn and I became friends through mutual friends and a love of teaching. I attended parties at their beautiful home where Boyce was always the best host. I grew to know and admire Boyce when he served on HUSD school board as he was the biggest supporter of teachers we ever had on the board. We could call Boyce anytime for anything and he listened and promised to look into concerns for us. I so admired his positive attitude and grace under very difficult circumstances. I honestly never saw him without a smile on his face. Rest in peace, friend, as you fought a good battle. My deepest sympathy to Lynn, the girls, and the grandchildren.

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Sue Reynolds

Boyce was such a wonderful guy. I have great memories of his 1,000 watt smile and his terrific sense of humor. I send love and hugs to Lynn, his daughters and the whole family.

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Victoria Dennis

Although I saw Boyce MacDonald off and on over the years, I will always remember him the way he was when we were students at Northern Arizona University, before illness ever touched him. Boyce was tall, broad-shouldered and handsome, with a kind voice and a gentle smile. He came and swept my beautiful friend and roommate Lynn off her feet. (And she wasn't easy to impress!) It was a match made in heaven, and together Boyce and Lynn created a lovely family.

Although time touches us all, in my mind's eye Boyce will be forever young and strong, as he was then. I think he would like that.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mike & Kathy Gardner

We have worked with Boyce for many years and will surely miss him. His knowledge and positive attitude made him one of the rare "Good Guys" in government.

Rest in peace, friend.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Rozycki

I Love Boyce, we met as students in the Geography Dept. at NAU & became fast friends, for life. He was always there for me.
One of the best things I've ever done was hire
Boyce to work for Yavapai Co it was wonderful for me, good for Boyce during his battles with kidney disease and I know those who got to know & work with Boyce were & are blessed.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Beverly Granillo

I send the deepest condolences! My husband and his family have known Boyce for many years. It will never be the same at the building department with out Boyce. RIP dear friend! You will be missed!

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Elaine Brown

I admired Boyce Macdonald. He was kind, patient, respectful, honest and always helpful. He was a great asset to Yavapai County and he will be truly missed.
My condolences to his family and colleagues.

Elaine Brown
Village of Oak Creek

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Lennick

Dearest Lynn and family~Boyce will be forever missed by all who knew him and the ones who will never have the pleasure of meeting him will be denied knowing a great man who served his family and community with a zest for life. I'm sorry I won't be able to make your service but I will be celebrating your life with a smile and remember you and how you made my dear friend happy. Love,Linda

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Leanne Bryan

Boyce was so blessed to be given this extra time before passing into eternity, as was his family. Bless all of you for giving him that time and for being with him through his earthly journey. Now we know he is without pain and suffering and enjoying his new life. My prayers to all of you - rejoice in what he was given! Love, Leanne

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Andrew Newton

He was a terriffic person. I didn't know him well but he was someone who cared. We know he went to heaven.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Thankful for his way

Swiss philosopher and poet Henri Frederic Amiel once said, "Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind."
I am grateful for the love and kindness Boyce showed during his journey here and for all that he did to gladdened hearts.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon

Everyone is missing you so very much. Be the Child again, and fly with the angels.

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