Boyd Reynolds, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on November 3, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. He was 90 years old. Boyd is survived by his 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Boyd was born on October 15, 1929, to Cyril C. and Dorthey D. Reynolds in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the younger of two boys. Boyd grew up in Brookline where his father owned a building remodeling company. He was a veteran of the Korean War during which he served in the US Air Force as a radar operator on a small island off of Okinawa. After the war Boyd attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in photography.
Boyd married Sarah (Sally) St. Coeur on May 19, 1954. They had four children; Peter, Kevin, Todd, and Brenda. They moved from Clinton, NY in 1960 to Nassau, NY. While living in Nassau Boyd worked for State Photo Supply as a salesman of photographic equipment. In 1973 Boyd took a job with Beck Arnley as a sales rep and moved his family to Northeastern Pennsylvania near East Stroudsburg. Boyd and Sally divorced in 1976. About the same time Boyd took a job with Tucker-Rocky as a sales rep. After several years with the company, Boyd founded his own business, Action Sports Reps, where he was an independent sales rep for several motorcycle accessory companies. His company serviced motorcycle dealerships over the New England area.
Boyd married Patricia Windrow on June 6, 1981. Pat had four grown children, Wendy, Heidi, Meleah, and Rick, as well as grandchildren who Boyd and Pat enjoyed spending time. Together Boyd and Pat ran Action Sports Reps out of their passive solar/post and beam home in Worthington, Massachusetts. Boyd and Pat divorced in 1996. The following year Boyd retired and moved with a 5-wheel trailer to Boise Idaho. Boyd traveled extensively in retirement all over the United States including driving to Alaska. He continued to work yearly motorcycle trade shows for Motoport for many years after his retirement. He also continued to travel overseas with trips to Nepal and an 8 week motorcycle tour of New Zealand. After he had seen most of what there was to see Boyd purchased a plot of forest land near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. For the past decade he spent his summers in the mountains of Colorado.
Although Boyd's occupation was in sales, he had four vocations in life; motorcycle riding, photography, skiing, and sailing. Boyd was an avid motorcycle rider for almost 70 years. He rode all types of bikes, but his greatest love was off road enduro competition. Starting in the 1950s, Boyd road many enduro and scramble competitions on his Triumph Twin. Boyd road motorcycles well into his 80s with his last bike a BMW650GS.
Boyd combined his motorcycle and photography skills to become one of premier motorcycle photo journalist of the 60s,70s, and 80s. Boyd was a pioneer in deep woods photography and he covered motorcycle races/events all over the Northeastern and Eastern United States. Printing his photographs in his basement darkroom, his photos and journalistic articles were regularly published in some of the most prominent motorcycle magazines and newspapers of the time. His photo journalist skills also took him to Europe several times to cover the oldest motorsports event in the world, the International Six Days Enduro. His extensive collection of vintage racing photographs has been sought by motorcycle historians even today.
Boyd learned the sport of downhill skiing when he was in his early 20s and continued to ski into his 80s. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 40+ years. In 1980 he was selected to the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Patrol. Skiing mostly in western Massachusetts on Brodie
Mountain, he served many years as the head of the Junior Program of the National Ski Patrol for the New England area. After moving to Boise, he was a regular at Bogus Basin for many years.
Boyd learned to sail as a teenager. In the 1980s he revived his love for sailing with a 29' sailboat. Sailing out of Newport, Rhode Island he spent many a weekend with his wife, Pat, and their Golden Retriever, Murphey, sailing to Block Island and other areas around Newport. He loved the America's Cup competition and attended several of the races including a round in New Zealand.
Boyd will be laid to rest at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, November 18, 2019, 2:00pm, with military honors. A viewing will be held at the Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise, from 12:15 – 1:15pm the same day.
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