William M. (Bill)


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William M. (Bill) Boyd

Aug 08 1938 - Aug 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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