Larry Monroe Boyle, born June 23, 1943, to Thomas Lawrence Boyle and Winona Green Boyle in Seattle, Washington, passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2017 (November 23) following complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his wife Beverly Rigby Boyle, five sons Brian Lawrence Boyle (Elizabeth Hanus), Jeffery Ray Boyle (Angela Marti), Bradley Justin Boyle (Erin Erickson), David Lester Boyle (Stormy Beadles) and Layne Thomas Boyle, one daughter Melissa Boyle Niu (Philip Niu) and twenty-four grandchildren. Additional survivors include brothers Robert Boyle (Sheryl Albiston), Thomas Boyle (Julie Boxx) and sister Jean Detton Jensen (Kirk Jensen), father-in-law Ray Wendell Rigby (Lola Cook, deceased) and his children Laura Copeland (George), Joyce Garner (Douglas), Jerry Rigby (Shelly), Blair Rigby (Denise), Beth Hendricks (Ted) and Natalie Critchfield (Mark) and countless cousins, nieces and nephews from Larry and Beverly’s families.
Larry attended and graduated Pocatello High School in 1961, and later Brigham Young University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics in 1968. Between high school and college, Larry served a mission for the LDS church in the Ireland mission. Larry was then drafted and served his country in 1968, before being honorably discharged from the United States Army due to an injury. In January of 1969, he was married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple to Beverly Rigby. Beverly and Larry then moved to Moscow, Idaho, where he graduated Law School at the University of Idaho in 1972. Larry was an editor of the Law Review and was a clerk for Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Bakes. After Law School, Larry and Beverly moved to Idaho Falls, where Larry was a founding member of the firm Hansen, Boyle, Beard, and Martin and practiced law until 1986. In addition to his service in private practice, Larry was the President of the Seventh District Bar Association of Idaho.
As an attorney, he represented his clients with honesty, hard work and dedication which led to several judicial appointments at the state and federal level. He was appointed a State of Idaho District Court Judge in 1986, and he performed his duties with distinction, fairness and respect to each and every person who appeared before him. In 1989, he was appointed and honored as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho. At the time of his appointment, the Idaho news media wrote about Larry, “a consensus builder who is diplomatic even when disagreement is strong”, and by his colleagues as, “an American Classic”. In 1992, despite a lifelong affiliation with the Democratic party, he was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush as a Federal Magistrate Judge to the Ninth District for the Jurisdiction of Idaho. His exemplary service as a Federal Judge led to an appointment by the United States Department of Justice in the special capacity of training jurists in courses of Rule of Law in developing democracies around the world in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Additionally, Larry guest lectured at law schools around the country, including University of Idaho, Brigham Young University, University of Notre Dame, George Mason University, New York University and at the United States Department of Justice National Advocacy College in Columbia, South Carolina.
Throughout his career, Larry was always willing to serve and volunteer. He was appointed to five years on the Brigham Young University School of Law Board of Visitors and was selected to be on the Advisory Board of the University of Idaho College of Law. In addition to his judicial responsibilities in the District of Idaho, Larry presided over United States court proceedings in the federal courts of California, Utah, Washington and Arizona, and conducted federal court proceedings in Bangkok, Thailand, involving United States citizens imprisoned in that country.
As a judge, Larry served as the District Judge member on the Idaho Judicial Council, and on the Idaho Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals committees, two terms as Chair of the Executive Board of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges, and eight years on a national policymaking committee at the appointment of the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He was a frequent contributor to various legal journals and publications, including the Idaho Law Review, the Brigham Young University Clark Memorandum, the Idaho Bar Association Advocate magazine, the Idaho State Journal and the American Bar Association Litigation magazine. In addition to this, Larry wrote a chapter in the Stephen R. Covey book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems. This was a highpoint of Larry’s writing career, as he collaborated with Dr. Covey, who was a mentor and lifelong friend since their service together as missionaries in Ireland.
Larry often talked about his two years as a missionary in Ireland, where his appreciation for serving people gave him a foundation that set the tone for the rest of his life. Larry served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, most recently as a Bishop, serving hundreds of young adults.
More important than his professional accomplishments, his heart and mind were always dedicated to his wife, Beverly, his six children, his son-in-law and daughters-in-law, his grandchildren, and those who had the honor of being his friend. Larry loved spending his time with his children coaching their youth sports and was a coach to hundreds of other youth in Idaho Falls and Boise in baseball and basketball. Larry’s success as a coach was culminated by coaching Jeffery and Bradley’s Babe Ruth teams to state championships (1987 & 1989) and Brian’s team to a world series in New York State (1985). While his presence is deeply missed, he left behind a legacy of love, determination, dedication, loyalty and hard work that will stay with the people who had the opportunity to spend time with him and be blessed by his influence in their lives. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor, the countless great memories, boundless energy and sage advice.
As a family, we also would like to thank each person who has communicated their condolences and shared their memories of him, reminding each of us what a privilege and blessing it is to call him friend, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather.