Cleon A. Boyd
DOVER- Cleon Allen Boyd, 64, a resident of East Dover Road, died Friday, April 3, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center from complications of the COVID-19 virus.
The son of the late John Boyd and Janice Batchelder, he was born in Bennington on March 13, 1956. Mr. Boyd grew up on the family farm in Wilmington, attended Wilmington schools and graduated from Wilmington High School. Throughout his life he had worked as an equipment operator for many people in the Deerfield Valley including Fitzpatrick Excavating, Plimpton Construction, John Boyd, and Wayne Corse. However his true passion was operating a snow cat and grooming the trails of Hogback, Haystack, Mount Snow, and for seven years at Snow Valley Mountain Resort in California. He had the ability to traverse the steepest inclines and create the smoothest trails. In the summer months he would use his talents maintaining the trails in preparation for the coming winter.
Mr. Boyd was a former longtime member of the Wilmington Fire Department. He loved riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle. He had a close family and enjoyed going to camp and being at the sugar house with them. With an appreciation of country music he loved to get together with his family and sing country songs. For 33 years he was a part of the duck race in Wilmington benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and played many roles in the Blueberry Festival activities.
Mr. Boyd leaves his mother Janice Batchelder, of Brattleboro; sons Christopher Boyd and wife Kaya, of Dover; Zachari Boyd and wife Caitlyn, of Readsboro; daughters Naomi Boyd, of New Hampshire, and Meghan Carrier and husband Devon, of Readsboro; and grandchildren Christopher Boyd Jr, Emma Boyd, Gavon Carrier, Alia Garvin, Clowee Lafreniere, and Albion John Lanphear. He also leaves brothers Leon Boyd (his twin), of Dover, and Bucky Boyd, of Wilmington; sisters Theresa Clare, of New York, Carol Boyd Johnson, of northern Vermont, and Tammy Snow, of Dover; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Mr. Boyd’s life will be held at the Boyd Family Farm at a later date and will be announced prior to that time.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to the Wilmington Firefighters Association, care of Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.