David Keith Boston ‘leaves behind many people who loved, admired, and adored him’

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David Keith Boston
May 21, 1951 – June 25, 2024

David Keith Boston passed away on Tuesday June 25th 2024 following complications of a stroke. David was a Taoist and it is believed that you come from nature and then go back to nature. Death is a natural process of life. During his passing, David was surrounded by close family and friends.

David was born to David Ray Boston and Betty Jane Boston (Stallman) May 21rst, 1951 in Lusk, Wyoming. In his early years, David’s family moved to Hennessey, Oklahoma. David worked on hot rods, hauled hay, worked in the oil fields, and did welding. He earned his LVN degree in 1974.

By fate, he met his daughter Angelique M Boston in December 1971. He met the love of his life Deborah J. Bryan in 1975. They were married June 14th 1979. David and Debe had just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with close friends Robert and Dana Radtke,their children Arlo and Lance, and Jeff and Debbie McCallay.

In 1978, his family moved to Eureka, CA where he resided for the remainder of his life.
David earned his AA in Arts at College of the Redwoods.

David AKA PaPa was a jack of all trades. This is just a few of his plethora of skills and interests.
David will be remembered by many for his love of all things apple. David grafted, pruned, and juiced apples. His grandchildren declared that “PaPa Juice” was the best apple juice ever. David and his long-time friend, Garzob, built an apple juice press and made thousands of gallons of apple juice throughout the years.

In 1986, David and his family moved to “the property” in Freshwater. David was caretaker of the Carson Hunting Lodge estate for Dr. Peter Burgess for a total of 33 years, thus began his interest in horticulture. The acreage provided David with a playground of plants to experiment with.

While David earned his LVN in 1974 he did not start his nursing career until moving to Eureka. David was a Pediatric Home Care nurse as well as a valued substitute at Glenn Paul. He loved taking care of children and it was one of his many passions. He made an impact on many families lives while caring for their children.

Early on, David developed an interest in photography. He always had a camera available for the unexpected photographic opportunity and there were many. While his specialties were landscapes and portraits, nothing was out of the scope of his lens. His wife, Debe, can attest to the many stops along many roads to take a photograph. David’s photographs will be on display at the Redwood Art Association in gallery #4 from July15th through August 12th, as well as the North Coast Lens July 17th through August 12th. The family would like to give a special thank you and appreciation to one of David’s other longtime friends Jeff McCallay who is helping to organize the Celebration of Life and the honorary exhibition for David in gallery #4.

Speaking of galleries, David was very involved in the Humboldt County Art Scene. He was an early member of the Ink People and moved on to the Redwood Art Association. The RAA became near and dear to David even more so after retiring. He occupied many roles within the organization including President, Vice President, and was on the Board of Directors. There was not a job or task that was too small that David wouldn’t tackle. He was the go-to guy for the cleaning crew and maintenance.

David had a love of many hobbies in his life such as wood working, kayaking and rafting with friends on the Trinity. He was an avid rock climber in which he scaled Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, Lover’s leap in Tahoe and Smith Rock in Oregon to name a few. He was an enthusiastic backpacker in which he trailed The Continental Divide, The Trinity Alps, The Sierra Mountains, and The Marble Mountains. He was also a girl scout leader for his daughter’s girl scout troop when she was younger. He enjoyed running and participating in the local half marathons such as The Avenue of the Giants, the Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon, The Clam Beach Run, and the Turkey Trot. David was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He will be greatly missed by his wife, daughter, and granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Betty Boston, his sister Ramona Ann Boston (Rarick), his nephew Michael Edward Rarick and other family that has passed before him.

David leaves behind many people who loved, admired, and adored him. This includes his wife Deborah J Bryan, daughter Angelique M Boston, granddaughter Moriah E Maxwell, grandson Daniel J Maxwell Jr., nieces Jennifer Rarick (Means) and Megan Rarick (Brendle), and his wife’s brothers, sisters, and mother-in-law Marilyn Bryan. David did not know a stranger. If you were inclined to light one up David would not protest.

David requested that there be no funeral services. The Redwood Art Association is graciously hosting an informal Celebration of Life to honor this wonderful one-of-a-kind man and all the contributions he has given to the art community on Sunday August 25th 2024 from 2-4 at the RAA at 603 F Street Eureka, CA 95501.

In Lieu of flowers or expense for travel the family asks that you donate to the Redwood Art Association Gallery Accessibility Fund. This is a project for a chair lift dedicated to ensuring all areas of the gallery are accessible to all the individuals of all physical capabilities. It is a project that David was very passionate about. WWW.Redwoodart.net – donate to “RAA Gallery Accessibility Fund” or go fund me page https://www.gofundme.com/f/our-accessibility-journey. The family would like to send their appreciation to the Redwood Art Association members for graciously giving the space to hold the Celebration of Life for and the honorary exhibition for David.

The Family would like to thank the Emergency Room and ICU Caregivers of Providence St Joseph Hospital, Eureka as well as Ayres Family Cremation for taking amazing care of David during his last days on this Earth.

David’s ashes will be spread under an apple tree in a place that was special to him.

In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.
~ Lao-tzu

Note:This obituary was edited after the original publishing to include additional information at the request of the family..


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Mary Ann
Mary Ann
7 days ago

I’ll remember Dave for his positive energy, great smile, kindness, and near daily Instagrams of sunrises. He is missed. Love to his family.

7 days ago

What an example of a rich life.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

running water
running water
7 days ago

We Loved This Guy. When my wife was having an emergency C-section “Boston” didn’t hesitate on the phone to tell me he would come over and watch our young son. When I came back home several hours later to announce the happy news to them that baby sister was born, I had to shout it up into the cherry tree where they were climbing. This guy gave the best bear hugs and I can only imagine how strong he once was as a youth bucking summer hay back in Hennessey. Uncle David and his joyful smile, deep laugh, unique perspective of past and present and future, and easy attitude but willingness to roll up his sleeves and do whatever needed doing- It was a complete honor to know and love this guy in our shared time on Earth. I took a bike ride yesterday and saw hay bales waiting to be collected. The sun was warm and the breeze was light. “Boston” was smiling back at me and in my mind he would’ve been happy to know such a beautiful day continues if only we can be present for it. Love you “D. Boss” and will keep this damn thing going. Respect and Love to Wife Debe, Angel, Moriah, and the many people this wonderful man influenced along the way. My son is away at his grandparents for the summer so we are waiting until he returns to tell him of David’s passing. So many fun memories- truly loved and missed. your bud, Em