Iowa Falls High School

Class of 1969

Pat Boyd

Pat Boyd

2 April 1942 - 27 January 2010


PATRICK BOYD (1942 - 2010)

Patrick Craig Boyd (Pat) Resident of Berkeley Patrick was born April 2, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa and died peacefully January 27, 2010 in Berkeley, California after a long illness. Pat was born and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, the middle of three sons born to Meg and Dick Boyd. He married Joy Drennen in 1965 and they moved to Berkeley, CA in July of 1972 with their two daughters, dog, and cat. Pat had many jobs, but he was always a teacher at heart--mainly because he himself was a voracious learner and loved nothing better than to find out something new and share his excitement about whatever that was with others. (Some called them Dad-facts.) Whether he was teaching English and reading Hamlet's soliloquy out loud, making perfect gelato, or using the Excel macros he created to accurately estimate a construction project, Pat was adaptable, creative, and willing to give anything his best shot. He was also an avid amateur geologist and had an amazing ear for accents and language, but what most remember about him is his sense of humor--especially in the face of adversity. Had he lived in Shakespearean England, Pat would have been a Bard--traveling from town to town acting out the bawdy parts with grand gestures, silly voices, and waggling eyebrows. His coping tool for difficult situations was humor, and he often held it up like a lantern against the darkness that pops up in life. He was always able to wring something funny out of tragedy or stress, many times turning the mood instantaneously. Pat is survived by all the people whose lives he touched in ways large and small, including but certainly not limited to: his two daughters Annie and Jessica, his granddaughter Katie, his older brother Michael and Mike's wife Verlaine, his younger brother Matt, his nieces and nephew Margot, Kelly, and Josh--and countless students, formal or informal, along the way. Though he and Joy divorced, they remained friends and in close contact. There will be a gathering on Sunday, February 7th, at the home of a family friend in Berkeley. For more information, please email In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite cause in Pat's name. He'd have liked that.