William M. (Bill) Boyd

August 8, 1938 - August 29, 2009

William Maston Boyd, a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, and a loyal friend passed away Saturday, August 29, 2009, of a heart attack. Bill Boyd was born August 8, 1938 in McKinney, Texas to Nanette and Roland Boyd. A graduate of SMU and SMU Law School and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Bill was Chairman of the Board of the law firm his father, Roland Boyd founded in 1933, Boyd-Veigel PC of McKinney. Bill was elected Collin County Criminal District Attorney in 1964 during his first year out of law school, serving as the youngest elected district attorney in America. Bill was a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, National District Attorney’s Association and listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”. Bill was one of 11 attorneys in Texas who received two certifications (one in family law and one in criminal law) the first time the State Bar of Texas recognized certifying specialists in any field of law. Bill built a reputation for handling high-pressure legal matters, both civil and criminal. His first major case for the firm: the defense of Charles “Tex” Watson, a member of the Manson family charged with the murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others, in his extradition fight from Texas to California. Bill took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In recent years, Bill was selected by 1,600 Dallas police officers and firefighters to represent them in a back pay suit. Bill often remarked “It’s been an honor to represent them and I am passionate about the merits of the case”. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 8 years, Barbara Kathleen White Boyd; sons, William Bradley and wife, Stephanie of New Orleans, Louisiana and Blake Edward Boyd of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren, Megan Boyd, William Byrne Boyd and Nicholas Bernissant Boyd; sister, Betty Boyd Skelton and her husband, Dr. James Skelton of Houston, Texas and their children, Carrie Holcomb, Roland Boyd Skelton and Amanda Yocum; cousins, Barbara McCartney Mason of Oklahoma and John Gay of McKinney; and a long list of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Byrne Boyd. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in McKinney where he was a former Chairman of the Board of Deacons. Interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Lavon, Texas. Mr. Boyd will lie in repose Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. The family will receive friends there Wednesday evening during a visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m.. Memorials may be made in Bill’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

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Betty and Jim, I am so sad to read of Bill's passing in the November Texas Bar Journal. I've followed his career over the years and always been proud of the work he has done. I'd love to cateh up with you all some time. Ravelle ravellek@aol.com 303 859-1551 Ravelle Rainey Kundinger, November 12, 2009 I knew Bill while I was representing clients adverse to his in a major suit several years ago. I found him to be very ethical, professional and personable making it a pleasure, albeit challenging, to litigate with him. Certainly a worthy opponent and a really "good guy". I know he will be sorely missed by the family, his profession and so many more. I am honored to have had that opportunity. Witcher McCullough, September 10, 2009 To Bill's family: I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was so proud of his family. To Bill's law office family: I know you will miss Bill so much. He was a highly respected lawyer. May the Lord comfort you all today and during the days to come. Charm Cameron, September 7, 2009 Barbara, I came to know and like Bill through stories we covered in which he was a major player. He had a great sense of humor and of history and was a tremendous advocate for the causes and people in his care. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Boyd family. May God's great presence give you comfort and perspective as you pass through this most difficult time. Tracy Rowlett, September 3, 2009 Collin County has truly lost a Favorite Son. Mr. Boyd shall be long remembered as a devoted statesman, seeker of justice and family man. Mr. Boyd's, par excellence reputation, preceded him. His was a life well-lived. My deepest condolence to his family. Margaret Mitchell, September 3, 2009 I only knew Bill because of his beautiful tulips in his yard every Spring on Brooklane. I often stopped and talked to him as I walked my dog. He was very kind and sincere and loved talking about the flowers. My husband Ruben was the lucky one, he knew Bill. My neighbor Nadine was also lucky to know Bill and she loved his mother Nanette, I've heard so may wonerful stories from her. To Bill's sons and wife, Peace Be With You. Taffy E Delgado, September 3, 2009 Our deepest sympathy to the Bill Boyd family. We always looked forward to seeing Bill, Brad, and Blake during hunting season. We are thinking of the family during this time. Melvin an Corrine Bonn & family Melvin and Corrine Bonn, September 3, 2009 Brad, Blake & Family, I was very shocked today to read of Bill's funeral. What a GREAT man he was and a wonderful father. I know too well the shock of losing a parent very suddenly and will be praying for you in the days, weeks and months ahead. Your Dad was a fun, loving, "character" and I have fond memories of him and Ms. Betty growing up. Rest in the knowledge that he is now at home with the Father and is at complete Peace. With Much love - Holly Wilkins Mooneyham, September 3, 2009 When it came to family competition, we certainly had one! Our grandmother Mary Nell loved Mr. Boyd and the entire Boyd family as her own. We will be forever grateful for the love that was expressed through Mr. Boyd, his family and his staff. Our prayers will continue for you as you work through the tears and recall the joyous memories. The Mack family on behalf of Mary Nell, September 2, 2009 So sorry to hear about Bill. Have a lot of fond memories of times spent with Mrs. Johnson and Boyd family. Bill was a people person and treated everyone as special. Also had some times in Fredsburg during hunting season. Boys, you have a good example. Jim Hardin (US Secret Service), September 2, 2009 Betty, we haven't seen each other since high school, but I wanted to express my sympathy to you and your family members on the loss of your brother. May God bless you all in your time of grief. Sharon Parrish Nafe, September 2, 2009 Brad & Blake We were shocked to hear of Bill's death last Saturday. A flood of memories came as I recalled the early days at First Baptist Church. We had some great times in Adult I Sunday School department when Bill was the Director and I taught the "Buddies" Sunday school class. We even made a couple of trips to Glorieta, New Mexico, not to ski, but to learn how to better do our jobs at the church. He was always kind and gracious to me and I will never forget him. Carolyn joins me in asking God's blessings on you boys during this time. Ted W Brady, September 2, 2009 As I watched the Kennedy funeral on Saturday I was reminded of Bill and his dedication to the Democratic party and then the shock of the news of his death. It was wonderful to grow up with him and to now have so many memories from our childhood. I am in Brazil and unable to attend his service but my thoughts and prayers are with you. HE WAS TRULY ONE OF A KIND. Avo West Griffin, September 2, 2009 Brad and Blake-I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Wendy Warden Callan, September 2, 2009 Bill was a dear friend. I worked with Bill from the time he was out of law school and I was in the Police Department in McKinney. You could not find a more dedicated person to his profession and honoring his family values and tradition. Bill was always ready to help a friend, not only in the legal world but on a personal basis. My thoughts are with each family member and we'll miss Bill but fondly remember all the productive, learning, and fun times./ James McCarley James McCarley, September 2, 2009 Barbara, although I never had the pleasure of knowing Bill, I know what an exceptional man he must have been to capture your heart. My thoughts are with you. Janie R Bush, September 2, 2009 Barbara, Brad and Blake I am so sorry for your loss but it is a loss for Collin County as well. I am glad I could count Bill as my friend. I always had so much respect for him as an attorney and his service to Collin County. He will be missed. Paul Elkins, September 2, 2009 Blake, I was so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers to you, Brad, and your family. I am sorry for the pain you are experiencing. When life settles down we need to catch up. Gig Reeves Gig Reeves, September 2, 2009 Dear Barbara, Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was always fun to chat with when he came into TJs and I will surely miss his kindness. Your friend, Caren Caren Alexis, September 2, 2009 Brad, our hearts and prayers goes out to you and your family. I only met your father once but he seemed like a great guy. It was a privilage to have spent that short time with him. Brad & Shirleen Monroe, September 2, 2009 Bill was 5 yrs. my senior. I met him through fellow Phi Delta Theta 'brothers' at SMU and considered him a wonderful friend and mentor in some instances. Bill has earned his well deserved excellent reputation and I consider it an honor to have had Bill Boyd as a good friend. He will be missed by many. The Bill Boyd's in life are 'few and far between'! Sincerely, Craig FOlson Craig C. Folson, September 2, 2009 Blake, You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. Very sorry to hear about your dad. You will cherish all of the good times and memories of your dad. Renee (Cisneros) Judd, September 1, 2009 To the Boyd Family, My prayers are with you during this hour of bearevement.I was the care taker for Mrs.Hazel Byrne and Mrs.Betty Boyd in Marshall,Tx. Mr.Boyd was a very nice person and I enjoyed working for the family.They took a special interest in my daughter Jawana,who was five years of age at the time.She would be on the job with me and tried to do whatever was needed for the family.I will continue to pray for you all during your hour of sorrow.Brad and Blake,continue to hold on to God's unchanging hand's.We love you!!! Please call me at (903)930-8565 Mary and Jawana Smith 1108 University Ave. Marshall,Texas 75670 Mary L Smith, September 1, 2009 We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time. Love and Prayers, Charlie, Celia, Lil' Charlie, Matthew and Catie Charlie and Celia Ward, September 1, 2009 So sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was such a good friend, always smiling and speaking to you wherever he saw you, always calling you by your first name, what a gentleman. I knew Bill and his father for years and always enjoyed being around them, he will be greatly missed. Sam Purtle, September 1, 2009 We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! Jack and Denice Burnside Webb, September 1, 2009 We were saddened when we heard the news. Mr. Boyd was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with the Boyd family. George and Anna Dimou, September 1, 2009 To the family, I am so sorry for your loss and please know you are in my thoughts. I will miss him and the way he could fill up a room. Diana Porter, September 1, 2009 The Boyd Family, We are so, so sad by Mr. Boyd's passing. It seems unreal and feels like we've lost a parent. He was a larger-than-life man which made people feel safe and secure. Mr. Boyd was so good to my husband Fred, myself and our son when we were going through a very difficult time and felt no one believed in us. But he believed and went above and beyond the call to be there for us and we knew he would do everything in his power to help. We felt so much better having him on our side during a very difficult time. He kept in contact with my husband through the years, and Fred felt honored to have Mr. Boyd as an associate and as a friend. I can't express how much we thought of him and how much we will miss him. Many prayers and love for the Boyd family, Noel and Fred Welch Noel Welch, September 1, 2009 Blake and Brad- we are so sorry for your loss and your families are in our prayers. Rett, Angie and Everett. Everett H Corson, III, September 1, 2009 Like everyone who knew him, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's death. He was a veritable prince among men, always courteous and kind. Such a wonderful husband to both Betty, then Barbara. I was privileged to visit in the Boyd homes both in McKinney and Dallas and thoroughly enjoyed the evenings spent there. So fondly recall that each time we visited, when Betty was alive, Bill would always make sure to allow us to speak to that beautiful person before we left, making Betty a part of our evening together. Knowing the Boyd family, including Bill's parents for these past forty years has certainly been a privilege. May all of the family have comfort and peace as we celebrate Bill's life. Dennis D. Acklin, September 1, 2009 BRAD AND BLAKE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN KNOWING YOUR DAD. CLIFF AND KITTY SINCLAIR, September 1, 2009 Dear Barbara, I was shocked and saddened to read about Bill's passing in today's Dallas News. I didn't know Bill well. But whenever we ran into you guys at Brunch at The Mercury I always appreciated two things. First his obvious love and devotion for you and second his sense of humor. I am praying for your peace and confort. And remember that Jesus Himself said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted". God bless, Troy D. Troy Dungan, September 1, 2009 Brad and Blake, I send my condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Shelia Dodgion Qualls, August 31, 2009 I am saddened by the sudden death of Bill. He was a great man and a friend to all in Collin County. He was especially kind to me and Tinker in past years and was one of the first to come when Tinker passed away. That meant a lot to me. My love and prayers are with the family. Judy A. Taylor, August 31, 2009