Rick joined his loved ones who went before him to walk with his Lord and Savior on December 28, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54 years old.
When Rick was diagnosed with cancer, he met the challenge with the same determination and grace with which he lived his life. He was not bitter or afraid, but only concerned with the impact his illness would have on those around him.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lesley; his daughter, Caitlin Boies; his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Christopher, and Samantha Fraser; and his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kelly Boies. He is also survived by his siblings, David Boies Jr., Stephen Boies, Barbara Preece, and Cathie Parker; his parents-in-law, Oran and Darlyne Breeland;, and his brother-in-law, Garrett Breeland.
Rick was born in Sycamore, Illinois, in 1951, to David and Barbara Love Boies. In 1954 his family moved to southern California. As a senior at Sunny Hills High School, Rick met and fell in love with the love of his life, Lesley. As two young kids they built a life and a family together. They lived and raised their family in Orange County, California, until 1995. They lived in Texas for three years and Wisconsin for two years before settling in Mukilteo, Washington, in 2001.
The most important things in Rick's life were his family and friends. From Rick and Lesley's first date on Valentine's Day of 1969, to the last day of Rick's life, he found peace in Lesley's arms. After all of the years they were together he never stopped lighting up at the sight of her. Their love is a testament to all who have been blessed to spend time with them.
He brought smiles and laughs to all who loved him. Even his youngest nieces and nephews referred to him as "funny Uncle Rick." Rick enjoyed camping trips to Lake Almanor, California, which he first went on with Lesley's family while they were dating as teenagers and continued on through this past summer. He loved to golf with his son on Saturdays and watch football with the family on Sundays. He passed his passion for photography on to his daughters.
Rick worked at Kimberly-Clark for 33 years. Throughout his career he made many friends there who he cared about deeply. The love in his heart went beyond the people he knew personally and extended to the people he knew were in need. He served on the Board of Directors for Housing Hope in Everett, where he was able to put his compassion to work.
There will be a celebration of Rick's life at 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2006 at Mill Creek Foursquare Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Rick's honor to Housing Hope, 5830 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 1, 2006.