Clarence Hagood Boyd III, or “C” as his friends knew him, a long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away suddenly on Oct. 23. He was 72.
Born Aug. 15, 1941, to C.H. Boyd Jr. and Alice Boyd, he grew up in the Forest Park area of Fort Worth, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva Marie Warren, in August of 1960 and the two would be together the next 45 years until her passing in 2005.
In July of 1961, their first son, Clarence Hagood “Chuck” Boyd IV, was born, and their second son, James Warren Boyd, was born two years later.
Boyd received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Texas Christian University, where he pledged Lambda Chi Alpha. Following graduation, he and Eva Marie relocated to Southern California, and in 1970 purchased an Eichler home in Orange, Calif.
Boyd worked in research, development, and marketing for Mattel Toys before eventually partnering with Tom Wyckoff, to form Boyd and Wyckoff, a manufacturer’s representative for the craft and hobby industry.
In 1981, with both sons away at college, the couple moved to Laguna Beach, where he would live for more than 30 years. While in Laguna Boyd founded, owned, and operated Elan Galleries and was eventually invited to serve on the town’s Arts Commission.
Boyd became an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) in the personal property discipline with a specialty in fine arts.
Last December, Boyd retired to Haiku, Maui, with his partner of more than eight years, Marcia Jaconi.
Boyd’s family and friends will deeply miss his exceptional warmth, intelligence, compassion, playfulness, wit, and charm. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday Nov. 14, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., in Laguna Beach.
In lieu of flowers, all are welcome to make a donation in Boyd’s name to an organization he supported, nothirstychild.org, which builds rainwater catchment systems for the poor in Rwanda.
Photo: Clarence Boyd