Laddie Boyd Dockstader, 76, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Nov. 8, 2020. Boyd was born in Short Creek, Arizona, to Theral Ray Dockstader and Leah Kilpack on Oct. 12, 1944.
Shortly after Boyd’s birth, his family moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he spent his early years of school and up bringing.
However, after his sophomore year at Murray High School, Boyd moved back down to Short Creek. From here, he began his junior year of high school at the new Colorado City Academy, where he graduated in 1962.
Boyd began his family at the age of 19 and built a home in Colorado City. He worked as a general contractor and developer. During his career, he traveled all over the western United States, where he grew his love of the Southwest and Native American culture. Boyd worked in the Marble Canyon drilling test tunnels for a proposed dam and set chokers on Kaibab to drag logs down the mountain.
Boyd found a niche with the Relocation Commission and spent a lot of time in Flagstaff, Page, and (Native lands) in providing homes to the Native Americans. He worked all over the Western U.S. rebuilding convenient stores with Tri-Valley. Eventually, he made it back to Page as a developer with Basic Development.
Some of Boyd’s projects included the Glen Canyon Vilas, the residences at Southgate and Sunrise Village, the Bidahji development, and some high-end custom residences in Page and in Greenhaven. The developments of Toroweap and Tuscany were one of his last projects in Page when his health pushed him into retirement in 2012.
Boyd had a way of transforming houses that embraced and enhanced the surroundings of the majestic lake views and red rocks while capturing the essence of the southwestern style.
Boyd’s charismatic personality opened up many friendships. Every where he went, he created quality relationships and noble friends. His long list of comrades and companions were a testament to his constant humor and happy disposition.
In every faction of life, he brought a smile and a bright perspective. Paralleled with his constant humor was his grounded faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. His life goal was to please his father in heaven and raise a righteous loving family.
Boyd is survived by three wives, 22 children, 60 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind eight sisters; five brothers; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
Boyd is preceded in death by his father; mother; his brother, David; and sisters Yvonne and Sharon; along with three sons, Aaron, George, and Lennie; and one daughter, Diana.