Paul F. Boyer, 78, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, NM, beloved brother, uncle, cousin, and son, was called to his eternal resting place on Monday, March 6, 2023. He entered this world on Saturday, May 6, 1944 in Albuquerque, NM, born to Wanetta Gee and Rueben Lee Boyer. He is survived by his sister, Diana and husband Paul Beck of Tucumcari, NM; and brother in-law, Gene Riley of Edgewood, NM; many cousins, nieces and nephews across the United States. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Phillip (Zona) Boyer and David (Nadine) Boyer; and sisters, Marcia (David) Smith and Linda Riley.
Paul grew up on a small farm in the South Valley along with 5 older brothers and sisters. Everyone participated in "Truck Farming", serving local customers and friends with produce from the farm. His mom was a Registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital. His dad was in a Construction Business with his father and brothers.
Paul was an active member of 4-H. Winning multiple awards, including 1st , 2nd, and 3rd Place Ribbons, for his garden vegetables at the State and County Fairs. In 1962 and 1963 he was awarded "The Most Out-Standing Garden" in Bernalillo County. In 1964, Paul was selected as the State Winner in the 4-H Garden Program. He was invited and attended the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, Illinois. Paul was so proud of his accomplishments. He also had a special skill and devotion to caring for his Mom's Rose Garden.
Paul had delayed learning, following a serious illness as an infant. He attended special education training in public school. Paul Graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1966 (age 22) in the first graduating class for Special Needs Students. He looked forward to his High School Class Reunions, he loved a party and visiting with fellow classmates. Uncle Paul would invite his nephews and nieces to celebrate with him, they had a good time listening to all the stories and memories.
He received special training for maintenance and hotel work. He worked for Le Baron Inn and Suites and Travel Lodge for over 20 years. He was able to obtain a Drivers License and drove himself to work.
Paul loved to travel. Along with his parents, he visited National Parks, Attractions, and Cities across the United States. Most of his travels were combined with visiting his brothers, sisters, cousins and their extended families. He loved taking pictures and has documented his travels and activities in multiple albums and photo collections displayed in his home. Among his travels he loved Nashville, attending the Grand Ole Opry. He knew all the Old Country Music Artists and their music, and could sing along to the tunes.
Along with many activities, Paul loved attending the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every year, he especially enjoyed the "Special Shapes" Balloon Events. His sister, Diana, had a Souvenir Booth at the Fiesta for over 30 years with ceramic balloons, and varied balloon themed crafts. Paul would come to hang out, visit with the family, and take numerous pictures of all the beautiful balloons. His sister, Marcia, who lived in Maine, came to visit many years and supplied the booth with her balloon quilts and wood crafts. It was a family affair.
He loved Christmas, you could see the joy in his face as he was surrounded by his Christmas decorations in his home. It was important to him to send out his yearly Christmas cards, if you ever met him, you were probably on his card list. He enjoyed receiving cards also and could tell you who each and everyone was and tell you a story about them. He had an amazing memory and he loved telling stories and had one for everything.
Most of all Paul loved his Church family. He joined St. Andrews United Methodist Church, along with his mom and dad. St. Andrews UMC changed their name to Cornerstone UMC. Paul was a member of the United Methodist Men's Group and loved the annual trips to the Sacramento Church Camp and remembers his trips with multiple pictures in albums. Uncle Paul was a friend to everyone he met, he loved joking and pestering everyone in his Church family.
Paul was able to remain in his home thanks to his local nieces and nephews, who assisted him with his personal care, medical care and transportation, spiritual care and taking him to church weekly as he was able.
Paul loved Life and People. Everyone knew him as "Uncle Paul", and he was a friend to all. He had a loving, spiritual, and giving heart. We will all miss his joy for life.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church located at 3905 Las Vegas Dr SW. Albuquerque, NM 87105. A Donut Bar will be available following the service at Cornerstone. Graveside Service at 12:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park located at 924 Menaul Blvd NE, Alb., NM 87107. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made in Paul's name to Cornerstone United Methodist Church.