Tom Boyd

Tom Boyd Photo 001Thomas G. Boyd of Genesee died Monday, July 27, 2015 at Aspen Park Healthcare in Moscow. He was 86.

Tom was born September 5, 1928 at Filer, Idaho to Cecil W. and Gladys Craven Boyd. He graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1946, and came to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho, graduating with a business degree in 1951. Just a few days later he married Beverly Bressler at the Genesee Community Church on June 6, 1951, honeymooning in California.

While at the University of Idaho, Tom was in the ROTC program, and upon graduation and his marriage, the couple spent the next three years in California, fulfilling his Air Force commitment. They then moved to the Twin Falls area where Tom farmed and Beverly taught school. They relocated to Genesee where Tom went to work for Asgrow, a position that took the family to New York from 1959-1962. They then began farming full time near Genesee. Their son, Jeff, now operates the farm.

Tom was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1992, serving as speaker the last 6 years. Tom was a member of the Pea and Lentil Commission, served on the Genesee School Board, the State School Board, Genesee Union Board, a 50 year member of Unity Lodge No. 32, A.F.& A.M., the Calam Shrine Temple, Latah County Republicans, Vandal Boosters and was recipient of the Alumni Award from the University of Idaho.

Tom is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly, at their Genesee home, son Jeff (Rindi) Boyd of Genesee, and daughters, Lisa Boyd-Anderson (Jay) of Genesee and Tracy (Pete) Greco of Wasilla, Alaska. Tom also leaves 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren along with a brother, Jerry Boyd of Twin Falls, ID and a sister, Mary Hays of Bonners Ferry, ID. In addition to his parents, a sister Celia died previously.

The funeral service will be held Friday, July 31st at 2:30 PM at the Genesee Community Church. Pastor Adam Bentley will officiate and burial will follow at the Genesee City Cemetery. Members of the Bielenberg-Schooler Post #58, American Legion, will provide military honors and a reception will be at the Genesee Fire Hall afterward.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Genesee Ambulance Fund or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to



11 Responses to Tom Boyd

  1. Andrew Deckard says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Tom, was such a great person, he will live on in our memories forever.

  2. Dave, Londa,Kelly and Clay Stout says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tom was such a great man and will be missed by all of us. He was a great friend and genuinely cared about people. Such an inspiration on how to live life to its fullest and will never forget his warm smile and great sense of humor!

  3. Lori Callahan says:

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Tom. He treated me like one of his own in my younger days hanging out with Lisa and riding the Honda 50 up and down the road. The trips to Boise, helping him campaign, all of the wonderful memories I have from fifth grade on up. What a wonderful man he was. He will be missed but I will never forget the kindness that he and Bev and the whole family extended to me when I first moved to Genesee in 1973. Thanks for all the beautiful memories. I am so sorry that the world lost a GREAT person and won’t be the same without him.

    Lori Callahan

  4. Tammy Byrd says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Tom always had a smile and kind word for everyone he met. I dont think he every knew a stranger.
    My condolences to each and everyone of his friends and family.

  5. Foster, Mary Beth and Reilly Cronyn says:

    Bev, Jeff, Tracy, Lisa and families,
    So saddened to learn of Tom’s passing.
    I have great memories of him – and all of you – from saddling up and riding Tiny (always at the most inconvenient times for him), walking over the hill “to play”, Jeff hanging out/doing chores at our house, the building of the “new” house on Berger Road, and the infamous snowmobile party, and many, many more that would take up the whole page. In later years, he was always between home and Boise; I often had the pleasure of waiting on him, Bev and their legislative guests at Hall’s Brass Lantern Restaurant in Genesee. He was always so good to me.
    Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Godspeed, Tom. You are already deeply missed…

  6. Curtis Hermann says:

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Tom’s passing. The sad news caused me to pause and reflect on those people who had a significant impact on my life growing up. Tom and Bev were like second parents – tried to keep me out of trouble – sometimes not too successfully. From the broken wrist on the Shetland pony to the ride to the hospital after the motorcycle accident, they were always there. Tom will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Curt

  7. Terri Franks says:

    Dear Bev and family—
    My sincere sympathy to you all. I loved working for Tom Boyd–he was the best boss and such a good Speaker. In my mind I can still hear his laugh. We shared a lot of good years working in the Capitol and I will always cherish those memories. Blessings and peace to you all. -Terri

  8. Judy Peavey-Derr says:

    Being from Twin Falls and having parents who were born and reared in Filer it wasn’t uncommon for Tom and I to visit about our Magic Valley roots. It didn’t hurt that I thought of myself as a moderate Republican either. Tom was always willing to share and educate. I enjoyed his friendship and valued his opinion. My deepest sympathy to Beverly and his extended family.
    I know there will be a big hole in their hearts.

  9. Alice Bevans says:

    Bev, Jeff, Lisa and Tracey and family

    Tom’s death leaves many sad. Bev, what a productive life that you and he lived . I am sure there never was a dull moment. Ron and I so wanted him to run for Governor. He would have been wise and able to bring people together. I used to have him come every year to talk to my students in my Professional Nursing class at Lewis-Clark State College. He would talk to them about the use of power, advocacy and how to influence policy change. You never saw a more attentive group of students when Tom was there. His visit was always mentioned as a favorite on annual Student Evaluations. I know you will have many, many memories. But still it does not fill that empty spot of the missing person. My heart felt sympathy.
    Alice Bevans

  10. Cheri Hermann says:

    Bev, Jeff, Tracy, Lisa and families,

    I was so saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man; these are my memories of him growing up. Living just down the road, he was so patient and kind to take time out of his work schedule to get Tiny saddled up and ready for me to ride with Tracy. And both Tom and Bev were so warm and inviting whenever I would be over to play with Tracy or in later years, while in high school, when dropping by to meet or pick up Jeff for an outing. I left Genesee after high school and never knew Tom during his years in the Idaho Legislature, however, I heard nothing but great things about him. I can only imagine his kind and generous personality carried over into his political career. The state of Idaho got to experience the same personality of Tom I knew as a child. He will be missed by so many. He has left a legacy that is most impressive and will be cherished by many. May he rest in peace.

  11. orrin & mary kambitsch says:

    To Bev and family–So sorry for your great loss. It was so great having someone like Tom as a representative for our part of the country. He was a great person, and will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to you and the family.

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