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Mark E. Boyden

Mark E. Boyden, 86, of Medford, Ore., died January 6, 2011, at Rogue Valley Medical Center. He was born in Medford on August 16, 1924, to parents, Charles and Grace Boyden. Mark graduated from Medford High School and then attended Oregon State University. During World War II, he served in the US Army's 11th Armored Division. He fought in Germany in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. Mark then returned to OSU and finished a degree in Civil Engineering. On December 30, 1952, he married Joan Neil, of Ashland. They were married for 54 years and were blessed with two children.

Mark, and his father before him, were prominent professional land surveyors in Jackson County. Mark served as Jackson County surveyor from 1956-1965, and is regarded as one of the finest surveyors in the State of Oregon. In 1989, the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon honored Mark as Surveyor of the Year. He was loved and admired by many and known for his integrity and faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, and his daughter, Sandra Alston. He is survived by his son, Dan Boyden, of Hood River, Ore.; and six grandchildren, Nick Alston, James Alston, Katie Alston, Josh Boyden, Nate Boyden, Luke Boyden; two great-grandchildren; his brother, Charles Boyden, of Prineville, Ore; and his sister, Barbara Michaelis, of Oregon City, Ore.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Medford, 649 Crater Lake Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Horizon Christian School, 700 Pacific Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031 (www.horizonchristianschool.org).

Mark E. Boyden