|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1930|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1999|
Boyd Zaner Brown, 68, who made Alaskan history in 1964 by leading the first wheeled expedition EVER to cross the Alaskan Continental Divide, died September 29th in Sacramento of complications from heart surgery. Boyd and his crew drove three D7 Caterpillars hauling a bunkhouse and two giant sleds filled with fuel, food and equipment over 472 harrowing miles from Fairbanks to Sagwon in March 1964. This astonishing ordeal opened the burgeoning North Slope to land-inline supply. This event is still talked about today wherever old-timers gather, and is destined for a prominent niche in twentieth century Alaskan history. Boyd's feat has been documented by National Geographic and in John Strohmeyer's book, Extreme Conditions. He has received many awards, and appeared on several talk shows over the years. In 1990, Boyd received a letter from President Bush commending him for his pioneering accomplishment.
Boyd is survived by his widow, Novella Brown of Gold River, his sister Bodean Andersen of Kimberly, Oregon and seven children: Tinker Akers of Lotus, CA; Amber Koonce of Yuma, AZ; Cynthia Sotelo of San Luis Obispo, CA; William McLaughlin of Anchorage, Alaska; Monica Ingle and Stacy McReynolds of Visalia, CA; and Stana Slagle of Guthrie, Ok. Boyd was the grandfather of 11 and the great-grandfather of 5. A native of San Antonio, TX, Boyd was a charter member of Oceano/Five Cities BPOE # 2504 and a former President of Anchorage Petroleum Club.
Jackie Mae Brown (1905 - 1994)
Los Osos Valley Memorial Park
San Luis Obispo County
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Record added: May 14, 2012
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