Wendell Terry Boman was known as Terry by his family and friends. He passed away on May 3 in his home in Ogden, Utah, at age 77, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his family and many friends throughout his last months.
His ancestors on both sides of the family were all Mormon pioneers who were involved in settling Utah, primarily in Cache County.
His parents were Wendell Hendricks and Verneice Roskelley Boman. Terry was born on Sept. 22, 1939, in Logan, Utah. He grew up in Ogden, Utah. In 1954 he moved to Evanston with his mother, stepfather (George W. McNeel, who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad) and his sister, Laura Lee.
Terry was a student at the Evanston Junior and Senior High Schools. He took part in extracurricular activities, including track, football and wrestling. He worked at the Whirl Inn Café and at the Wyoming State Highway Department. In addition, he served in The Wyoming National Guard.
In Evanston, he soon met Gloria Lacey, and they were later married. A year later they moved to Ogden, Utah. They were blessed with seven healthy children: Rick, Rodney, Randy, Ryan, Rich, Julie and Wendy. In addition, they had 18 grandchildren: Rick Jr., Jill, Skye, Bryce, Thomas, Devin, Joshua, Kaitlyn, Billy, Bailey, Trae, Madyson, Hawken, Briklan, Kira, Stryker, Braxton and Hadlie. In addition they also had 10 great-grandchildren.
His primary employer was the Bakery and Confectionary Union, where he worked long hours to support his large and growing family. When not working, he loved coaching his children and later grandchildren in a variety of sports and activities, including baseball, football, basketball and motorcycling. He also happily attended and cheered his children at the games they played in public.
Mr. Boman also attended most of the plays, music and dance concerts that his children and grandchildren were involved in. He enjoyed watching sports (especially the Utah Jazz and Weber State basketball), traveling, playing cards, square dancing, riding his motorcycle and country-western music. He shared these activities and interests with his children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather and son-in-law (Ahmed Rashid). Terry is survived by all of his children, grandchildren, former wife and his sister.
The family is thankful for the hospice care that he received as well as for his other caregivers.
A memorial service is being planned for Memorial Day on May 29. Those interested in attending will soon be able to find information regarding time and place at www.aaronsmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations to Parkinson’s Disease Research can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Parkinson’s research support funds an aggressive agenda aimed at developing improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. The Michael J. Foundation for Parkinson’s Research’s tax exemption number is 13414194.