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Obituary: Boyd Maurice Pexton Ph.D.

1923 ~ 2003

Passed away peacefully, after a short battle with cancer.

Born Dec 11, 1923 to Maurice Cole and Erma Monroe Pexton.

A life-long resident of Salt Lake City, Boyd graduated from South High School in 1941. Later, enlisted in the Navy V-12 program, attending Idaho State University and Harvard Business School for Naval training. Commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. After returning from the Navy he graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Business and Education. He later completed his Masters degree and Doctorate in Education.

Married Ruth Marie Fischer on June 22, 1950, marriage later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They recently celebrated their 53rd anniversary.

Boyd began his career in education as a teacher at Dilworth Elementary School. Later he became principal at Franklin Elementary and Ensign Elementary Schools. As a school administrator, he spent a majority of his career as Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Salt Lake City School District. Here he was credited in organizing high school sports programs and competition for girls' athletics of all kinds.

A life-long bowler, Boyd served as President of the Salt Lake City Men's Bowling Association and the Utah State Bowling Association. He was elected Vice-President of the American Bowling Congress in 1980, and in 1989 was inducted as President of the American Bowling Congress headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1986 he was inducted into the Salt Lake City Bowling Hall of Fame. Later inducted into the Utah State Bowling Hall of Fame, and in 1933 was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. In 1996 he was instrumental in bringing the American Bowling Congress National Tournament to Salt Lake City, bringing over 17,000 participants and millions of dollars into the Salt Lake economy.

An avid booster of University of Utah Athletics he served as a statistician for U of U football and basketball games beginning in 1955 for 48 consecutive years.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had a strong testimony of Joseph Smith. He served as the Stake Athletic Director, Public Relations Director and High Priests Group Leader in the Monument Park Stake.

Boyd's sense of humor extended through his final days giving comfort and laughter to all those who took care of him. The family wishes to thank his daughter Pamela and daughter-in-law Lori for their full-time care during his illness.

He is survived by his loving wife Ruth; daughter Pamela (Robert) Speers; son Scott (Lori) Pexton; four grandsons, Stephen (Wendy) and Ryan Speers, Jonathan and Jordan Pexton; and one special granddaughter, Chelsea Pexton.

Funeral services will be held Saturday September 6, 12:00 noon in the Monument Park 11th Ward Chapel, 1565 South Foothill Drive. Friends may call at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, on Friday September 5 from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to Saturday services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to IHC Hospice, to cancer research, or to a charity of your choice.