Boyd B Bushman passed away on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Tucson, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel in Show Low. Interment followed at the Show Low Cemetery.
He was born on July 20, 1936, in Globe to Mitchell S. and Glenda Porter Bushman.
Boyd was raised in Show Low, and graduated from Snowflake Union High School. His early interest in science was nurtured by his mother Glenda, George A. Smith and David A. Butler. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, majoring in both math and physics. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. From an early age Boyd was blessed with curiosity, optimism and a keen eye to see beyond the surface of what might appear ordinary to others. He drew heavily from the wonders of the Creator and loved sharing his discoveries with people who were prepared to be amazed.
Professionally, he preferred to introduce himself as a senior scientist, yet this understated the accomplishments of a man who contributed so much to the defense and security of our nation. His career spanned over 40 years, and included work with defense contractors Hughes Aircraft, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments and Lockheed Martin. Some of his accomplishments included being on the development team of the Stinger Missile and the F16 Fighter, as well as many other advanced weapons and propulsion systems. At the time of his retirement in 2000, he had 28 patents in his name, many of which contained classified technologies.
Boyd was gifted with the capacity of making everyone around him feel important and valuable. He did this by demonstrating a genuine interest in the individual, and by divining their qualities and traits with an ability so uncanny that it was both disarming and endearing. His gift of making others feel loved and of great worth was showered abundantly upon his children, who love and adore him as their father in mutual bonds that extend throughout eternity.
He adored his wife, Mary Ellen, who survives him. His children were each prized, including Kym (Larry) Whitecar, KaLynn (Mark) Herpel, Tracy (Steve) Portz, Jennifer (the late Jon) Caruso, Bryan (Christina) Bushman and Joshua (Karen) Bushman; as well as 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Additionally, he leaves two cherished sisters, Patty (Fred) Nielson and Janene (Larry) Richins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell and Glenda Bushman; two brothers, Derral Porter Bushman and Warren Mitchell Bushman; a precious grandson, Jared Hart; and a loving son-in-law, Jon Caruso.