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home : obituaries : obituaries August 20, 2017


5/2/2017 2:07:00 PM
Boyd Wickman June 17, 1930 - April 25, 2017

Boyd Wickman, 86, of Bend, passed away April 25.

He was born in Martinez, California on June 17, 1930, to Emil Ellis Wickman and Fern Belinda Hoy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Wickman-Leones. He is survived by his daughter Laura F. Wickman-Carle; brother Robert Wickman, grandchildren Kai, Wyatt and Garrett Christianson, Ian and Emily Leones; and the love of his life, Mimi Graves.

Boyd graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Master of Science in entomology, and after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict joined the Forest Service. His career as a research entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service and later as a consulting forester spanned a 60-year period. He was a respected scientist with over 100 published articles on forest insects and a book on the history of Western forest entomology. He was one of the earliest certified entomologists in the Entomological Society of America and the first and longest-serving Emeritus Scientist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service in Bend. He was in great demand around the world as a lecturer and served as an adjunct professor at Oregon State University.

Boyd was a man of integrity, intellect and heart. He was an adventurer, expert horseman and lover of good wine and barbecue. He shared his wisdom with grandchildren and students: "I have become enthralled with history. This seems to be an affliction that advances with age. But history is more than recounting the past; it is also how we all will be judged by future generations. So it behooves us to get things right to the best of our abilities."

Gifts in Boyd's memory can be made to the Deschutes Land Trust or Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. Both organizations shared his love of the land and music.









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