|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2004|
Boyd L. Benyon, a retired law enforcement officer who was involved in many activites and organizations in the Klamath Basin, died Sept. 19, 2004, at MWMC after an extended illness. He was 82.
Mr. Beynon was born in Oakland, California to Walter L. and Margaret E. (Oman) Beynon.
As a boy Beynon became interested in newspaper work through his grandfather, who was an editor for the Oakland Tribune. World War II intervened, and though underage, he had someone in his recruitment line forge a signature so he could enlist. He served five years in the Army in the European Theater, inlcuding the Normandy Beach landing.
His grandfather died before his return to San Francisco, so his plans to pursue a newspaper career did not develop.
He turned to a career in law enforcement, working as an investigator in Alameda, Calif., for 25 yers. As his career advanced, he was the chief of Police in Morrilton, Ark. for 7 years, an officer in Atlanta, Ga., and a house detective at the Alameda Race Track in Alameda, Calif.
As a police officer, he became a champion for children. He started a car club for disadvantaged youth and was a Pop Warner Football coach. One of his top players was Willie Stargel.
A friend of Klamath county Sheriff Red Britton, Beynon was a frequent visitor to the Klamath Basin for fishing trips. His future wife, Mary Lou Roufs, grew up here.
At retirement, the Beynons returned to Klamath Falls. He continued his commitment to local youth, working with Key Clubs and other Kiwanis endeavors. He served as lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis District 84 and was named Kiwanian of the Year four years ago.
He was a member of faith Tabernacle Church, VFW, American Legion, Elks and the International Police Association.
Beynon was a generous supporter of Little League, Boy Scouts of America, Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, Start Making a Reader Today, Southern Oregon Camp Kiwanis, Junior Miss, Miss Klamath County Scholarship pageant, and many other local charities.
He enjoyed writing, and his essays and letters were often published in the Herald and News.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Beynon; son, John Beynon of Converse, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law Al and Yuko Borland of Redding, Calif.; nieces Carol Bowers of Woodland, Calif., Karen and Charles Hoeft of Redding, Calif.; grandniece Alissa Hoeft, grandnephew Evan Hoeft of Redding, Calif; granddaughter Carrie Roufs of Jefferson City, Mo.; and great granddaughter, Justine Rosasco of Reno, Nev.
He was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Hollis buttler and stepson Jimmy Roufs.
Herald and News
Sept. 22, 2004
PFC US ARMY WORLD WAR II. LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER
Eternal Hills Cemetery
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