Earl L. Boardman: 1938-2016
Earl L. Boardman, age 77, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away August 18, 2016 at Close to Home Hospice.
Earl Lewis Boardman was born Oct. 6, 1938 to Jesse and Pearl (Evans) Boardman in Gillette, Wyoming. At the time his family was living in a cabin with a dirt floor that lacked all modern amenities including running water. He spent his first winter rarely leaving the bed because his mother had suffered severe frost bite from the cold floors. Later his family purchased the ranch on Horse Creek where he spent the majority of his childhood. Earl was active in FFA and many other activities in high school.
After graduating from Campbell County High School, Earl attended the University of Wyoming. While at Laramie Earl was: Ag Club President, Wool Judging Team member, Cowboy Joe Handler as well as a member of the Farm House, Alpha Zeta and Alpha Tau Alpha Fraternities.
In 1960 Earl received a degree in Agriculture Education and worked a short stint with the highway department as a surveyor. In 1960, Earl started teaching Vocational Agriculture in Hulett, Wyoming. While in Hulett, Earl taught adult education, directed school plays, and served as the president of the Hulett Education Association and Crook County Classroom Teachers Association. He also served as Fire Chief, Mayor and Dog Catcher.
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In 1965 Earl and his family moved to Washington D.C. on a fellowship with the National FFA organization to pursue a Master’s degree.
Upon Graduation the Boardmans moved to Tioga, North Dakota where he taught Agriculture Education for two years and then was promoted to high school principal. As well, he was a member of several civic organizations.
In 1969 he returned to the family ranch near Weston. In 1986 he purchased a farm in Clearmont, Wyoming, where he later moved. In 1997 he bought a ranch on Powder River where he moved in 1999. After selling that ranch he later moved to the present Boardman Ranch north of Gillette. He was a member of the Campbell County Fire Department. Earl was a fan of trading real estate and he owned and leased several different ranches in Northeastern Wyoming. Earl often joked that his ranching operation should be called the “Badly Scattered Cattle Company”
Earl is survived by his wife Sue, and children Raymond (Kathy), Russell (Leslie), Glenn (Mauricio), Jeff (Kimber), Lisa Welch (Clay) and Stuart Williams. Earl is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Betty Jo Herman.
Funeral Service for Earl L. Boardman were Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 at New Life Wesleyan Church with Pastor Tom Herzog of Faith Bible Church in Broadus, Mont., officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation was 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday August 22, 2016 at Walker Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be sent to Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House. Memorials and Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the web at http://www.walkerfuneralgillette.com
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