— Aaron Siskind
Throughout his life, Boyd was lucky enough to make a career out of doing what he loved, capturing life's beauty through a lens. In addition to photographing life's finest moments, he lived life to its fullest. Boyd could frequently be found enjoying hobbies such as camping, hunting, or riding motorcycles. He also served as a role model, a father, a husband, a grandpa, a Boy Scout leader, and many more noteworthy titles.
In the spring of 2017, Boyd Lythgoe began experiencing unusual weakness, constant muscle twitches, and muscle cramps. Over the summer and fall, those symptoms increased and others were added. In December he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Subsequent visits to the doctor and multiple tests confirmed that diagnosis.
There is no known cure for ALS and life expectancy after diagnosis is rather short. This terrible disease led to extensive care needs and expenses, along with the inability to continue working.
Sadly, the disease progressed all too swiftly, and soon he was unable to participate in many aspects of the life he so loved. Only months after his diagnosis, he was unable to work. Boyd had set a goal to live until his birthday this year, and by golly, that's what he did. He spent the actual day at home, surrounded by friends and family. Eleven difficult days later, Boyd passed away—thankfully, finally, peaceful near the end.
We are so grateful for the love and service we have been shown on this demanding journey. Thank you to all who reach out and help lighten this heavy burden.
- Sharon Farrell
- Terry FOGG
- Skyler Harper
- Corby Campbell
- Cathy Koch
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