Sherman Burns Boivin (1916-2010)

My father-in-law, Sherman Boivin, age 94, passed away on October 21, 2010.

A life-long resident of Sonoma County, California, Mr. Boivin was born in Petaluma in 1916. He graduated from Petaluma High School in 1934. After attending Santa Rosa Junior College, Mr. Boivin transferred to Stanford University, graduating in 1939.

Mr. Boivin was a veteran of World War 2, entering the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. He moved to the U.S. Air Force in 1946 as a captain and then left military service in the 1950s as a lt. colonel.

He spent the rest of his career in government service, working for various departments. He was an Assistant Chief Administrator for the Atomic Energy Commission, retiring in 1970. He and his wife, Phoebe Barnes Boivin, retired to their home in Santa Rosa for the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Boivin passed away in 2007.

Mr. Boivin leaves behind three children: Nancy O’Connor of Eugene, Oregon; Alan Boivin of Topanga, California; and Sharon Hoyle of Salem, Oregon. He also leaves four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The following video was prepared to be shown at Mr. Boivin’s memorial service on December 4, 2010 in Santa Rosa, California. The video is somewhat edited and shortened from the final DVD version.



2 Responses to Sherman Burns Boivin (1916-2010)

  1. kendall newberry says:

    Sorry to hear of Shermans death. I found him by accident looking up some info for my family tree (Newberry). I understand he was the holder of our family bible and was wondering who may have inhertied the bible. Please let me know what information you have for me. Kendall Newberry

  2. Sue Simonich says:

    What a wondrous tribute to a truly generous man. Sherm and Phoebe were open-hearted, lovely people. As a researcher, I first got to know Sherm when I was working on the genealogy of the Newberry family. Though we never met face to face, his kindness and sharing spirit encouraged me. Phebe answered the phone one day and they were both kidding me about their age and mortality. Their spirits will live on in all of us who were lucky enough to be acquainted. Thanks to Kendall Newberry for sharing this web tribute to the Boivins. ~Sue Simonich

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