J. Michael Boyd, 72

May 31, 2011
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SEPT. 9, 1938-MAY 29, 2011

J. Michael Boyd, a crop-protection specialist based in Hagerstown, Md., died suddenly on May 29, 2011, surrounded by family and friends. He was 72.

Complications from surgery earlier in the week was the cause of death.

Mike was born on Sept. 9, 1938 in Darby, Pa., to James and Lilian Boyd.

He graduated from Sharon Hill High School, where, as a sophomore transfer student, he first met his future wife, Jane Priestley. He went on to graduate in the Class of 1961 from the University of Delaware with a degree in agronomy. At Delaware he was a full-ride football scholar and a member of the team that won the 1959 Lambert Cup.

He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander with NATO forces during the Berlin Crisis.

Shortly after his military service, Mike moved his young family to Hagerstown. For over 30 years he oversaw a multi-state territory as field rep for Ciba-Geigy. Upon retirement in 1997, he founded Affiliated Ag Resources and continued to be an innovator in his industry. For the last 10 years he has worked primarily with Willard Ag Services of Frederick, Md.

He was a larger-than-life character, a devoted husband and a loving father.

He loved adventure, travel, sports and entertaining friends.

He is survived by Jane, his best friend and wife of 51 years, and by his children, Tracy, Jill, Amy and Steve.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, Maryland Area Office, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21211.

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