Colin Boyd Hamlin passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 4, 2022 in Provo, Utah at age 93.
Boyd was born November 8, 1928 to William Paul Hamlin and Lucille Irene (Ashman) Hamlin in Des Moines, Iowa.
As a child, Boyd lived in Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado, as a teen, but spent most of his years in Iowa, out in the country near Oskaloosa. While in Denver, he worked at a filling statin. He was always fascinated with cars and worked as a mechanic in high school. This was a hobby that continued all of his years. From his first car, a Model A four cylinder roadster, to his favorite project, his turquoise Corvair convertible.
After high school, Boyd headed to Korea to serve in the Army during the postwar occupation of Korea. He met the love of his life, Dorothy Elaine Wines, on a troop train traveling from Ogden, Utah to San Francisco, California. He first saw her waiting on the platform and told his buddy, “You see that pretty girl out there? I’m going to marry her someday.” Boyd and Dorothy wrote to one another sporadically while he was away, until he came to Utah to court her and marry her on December 20, 1948, in Ogden, Utah, two years from the date they met. Their marriage was solemnized nine months later in the Salt Lake Temple.
Boyd was a lifelong student of war, but was particularly interested in WWI and WWII. A highlight of his life was a trip to Europe with his son, grandson, nephew and grandnephew to tour the battlefields of WWII. He was a true patriot and loved America.
Boyd worked as a salesman and manager for Diamond Vogel Paint for nearly 40 years. During his career, Boyd, Dorothy and family lived in Edgemont, Utah; Omaha, Nebraska; Marshalltown, Iowa; and DeForest, Wisconsin. The couple moved to Springville, Utah, in 2000 after Boyd retired.
Boyd was a loyal husband to Dorothy and took care of her through various illnesses and ailments with love and patience. He enjoyed country music and was amused by the lyrics. He also enjoyed jazz music, particularly Ramsey Lewis. He could speak a sermon in a sentence, offering sage advice and wisdom. He was a great listener, a hard worker, and he taught his children to work and to enjoy it. Although he traveled for his work, when he was home he was involved in the activities of his family and saw to their needs. He leaves a legacy of integrity, service, work, testimony , and love.
Boyd joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1948. He was faithful and true to the gospel all of his days. He served in many callings, including Branch President, Bishop, High Councilman, and a temple ordinance worker. He was always willing to serve others. He loved people and made friends everywhere he went, striking up conversations with perfect strangers who did not remain strangers for long.
Thank you to the amazing staff at the Jamestown Memory Care Unit and the hospice nurses. We owe a debt of gratitude to his faithful nurse and friend these past six years, Jeannie Anderson. She has been an angel to him and to our entire family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Elaine (Wines) Hamlin; his parents, and his sisters and brother; Virginia Maude Schluck (Pat), Donna Colleen Sells (James), Patricia Lee Miller (Ron); William Paul Jr, and three infant grandsons.
He is survived by his children; Paula Kay Hurren (Douglas), Debra Sue Elvidge (Steve), Wendy LaRee Bills (Pat), David Jay Hamlin (Kay); his sister Roberta Hamlin, and 23 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
A visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 900 East 200 North, Springville, Utah. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am.
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