Portola Valley, Calif. – John Richard Boice, 91, of Portola Valley, Calif., died on Nov. 25, 2015, at Stanford Medical Center in Stanford (Palo Alto), Calif.
John is survived by his wife, Joyce Evangelyn (Dolly) Iverson, daughter of Elling O. and Mary N. Iverson and previously from Thief River Falls.
After teaching high school for several years in Minnesota, the couple moved to the Bay Area while John attended graduate school at Stanford University and earning his Ph.D. John and Dolly moved into their Portola Valley home in 1964. It was a constant source of pleasure for them. He completely remodeled the original home and during his first of several “retirements,” added a second story. His love and skill in planning construction projects lead him to his passion for volunteering for the Woodside Highlands Improvement Club, his homeowners association. He was the Treasurer for over 50 years and helped plan and implement innumerable road repaving projects, retaining wall repairs, drainage fixes and other maintenance projects necessary for the community. He actively worked with his neighbors during the semi-annual road days and drove a debris truck during the last road day in the fall of 2015.
John also played an integral role when Woodside and Portola Valley established a Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program (CERPP) following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. John was a steady volunteer and helped coordinate all CERPP activities for Woodside Highlands, helped secure and stock necessary supplies, test emergency radio systems and make sure there was a network of volunteers in place in the event of a disaster.
John lived his life to the fullest. He and Dolly travelled to many countries around the world and especially enjoyed African safaris. He loved to hike, cross country ski and camp in the Sierra Mountains. John also loved to watch many sports. For many years he was a season ticket holder to the Stanford Women’s Basketball team.
He loved walking the hills and up until five days before his death, could be seen hiking the trails in the early morning hours—always with a smile on his face. A good day for John was to be in the outdoors enjoying the weather, scenery and wildlife of the Bay Area.
He was admitted to Stanford Hospital following a fall just two days before his death.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, John is survived by his sister Mary Lou Boice, Lincoln City, Ore., nephews Peter (Emilyn) Iverson, Bani, Pangasinan, Philippines, Scott (Peggy) Iverson, Apple Valley, MN, Keith Iverson, Thief River Falls, niece Karen (Chris) Jenson, Thief River Falls, cousin Marilyn Perasco, Arnold, Calif., and the many neighbors and friends of Woodside Highlands, Portola Valley and beyond.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winfield and Elda (Tifft) Boice, and brother-in-law and sister-in- law Elling T. and Joyce Iverson.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to the Pennington County Humane Society, 15598 US Hwy 59 NE, PO Box 64, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 (www.pawstrf.org).