On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 4:19 p.m., Jeff Boarman Sr., loving husband, father of two sons, and Yagy to his grandchildren, died at age 63. Jeff died at his home in Utah, surrounded by his loved ones while waiting. Jeff’s death was at the end of a 39-year journey after suffering a work accident.
Besides being a devoted husband, dad and Yagy, Jeff was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. To know him was to love him. Jeff was born on April 7, 1959 to the late John O. Boarman, Jr. and Mildred Eileen Edge Boarman in Whitesville. Jeff married his high school girlfriend, Catherine Ann Dean, on December 4, 1976. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last December. They raised two sons, Jeffrey “LJ” (Christy) Boarman, Jr. of Vermont and Ezekiel “Zeke” Seth Boarman of Utah, and have five grandchildren, Cassandra (engaged to Kyle Beckstead) of Utah, Marissa from Vermont, Cheyenne (engaged to Austin Connor) from Kentucky and Devon from Vermont, and Eli Jack from Utah; and a great-granddaughter, Sophia of Vermont.
Jeff is predeceased by his father, John “Bud” O. Boarman, and his older sister, Sandra Gillim (Richard, deceased). Jeff, from a large family, is survived by his five brothers and their spouses, Johnny of Reynolds Station, Billy (Elizabeth) of Hartford, Mickey (Faye) of Whitesville, David (Shannon) of Philpot and Greg (Shaunte) of Hartford. He is also survived by his five sisters and their wives, Jamie Ralph (Roger, deceased), Delilah Higdon (Byron), Jackie Ward (Ronnie), Amanda Boarman, all of Whitesville and Joetta Johnson (Steve) of Hawesville. In addition to his immediate family, Jeff is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Early in his career, Jeff was an auto body specialist in a family business. Together with his father and brothers, they have won awards and been published in automotive magazines for restoring muscle and vintage cars. Later, Jeff became a coal truck driver and mechanic at another family business. Jeff eventually became a diesel mechanic for a local coal mining company. Jeff suffered a work accident in 1983 and unfortunately became disabled for life.
Jeff lived his life with a passion like few have known. He never stopped growing or discovering new things and sharing what he learned with others. Even being in a wheelchair for the past 13 years hasn’t stopped him. Jeff has bred and competed in trials with his Australian Shepherd dogs. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races with his family and friends. He was, of course, a Kentucky Wildcats fan. Watching games was the family’s favorite pastime. Jeff grew beautiful roses (Cathy’s favorite flower), and he could often be seen tending to his roses. Jeff loved being with people. He enjoyed hosting and attending barbecues with his family and friends. He loved to sit on the Utah porch and watch the seasons change in the Wasatch Mountains. Jeff loved fishing and teaching his grandchildren how to fish. Jeff would be confined to bed for months, but he still found ways to learn and grow. He loved watching hummingbirds and identifying different species of birds from his bedroom window. Jeff enjoyed telephone conversations with his mother and other family members and friends. Cathy asked when he hung up after a long call “if all the problems in the world had been solved”. Jeff would always respond, “We’re getting there” or “most of them.”
Jeff and Cathy are proud of their sons and their families. One of the most enjoyable parts of their lives has been the wonderment of each grandchild as they grow. The first grandchild was the “Pretty Princess”; the second became “Pretty Princess Number Two”, and the third said that made him the “Prince”, and so it was.
Jeff’s greatest pleasure was his children and grandchildren, whether it was discussing wedding plans with Cassandra or mechanics with Kyle, talking on the phone with LJ and Rissa, or watching videos of Sophia. learning to slide on a sliding board. He would often sit in the garage with Zeke while working on a project or chatting. Jeff often played “Sheriff and Deputy” with his number one fan, Eli Jack, wearing cap guns, cowboy hats and cowboy boots. Jeff and Eli were best friends.
Jeff constantly suffered from his chronic back syndrome, but you would never know because he was not one to complain. He has had 30 back surgeries and numerous procedures. Jeff’s doctors noted that he had contributed greatly to medical science, having been published in medical journals for his participation in experimental surgeries aimed at relieving his pain. In 2007, Jeff moved to Utah with his family to continue his medical treatment under the care of Dr. Paul Gardner, his neurosurgeon. Dr. Gardner, originally from Utah, completed his residency and began his practice in Louisville. Later he returned home to Utah. Still alive at 63, Jeff attributed this feat to the extraordinary care Dr. Gardner provided to his patients. Jeff always felt lucky to be one of them.
Jeff has been treated, cared for and loved by all of the following at one point or another along his journey. All deserve special thanks, Mr. Sam Coomes, Dr. Paul Gardner, Dr. Andrew Talbott, Dr. Sean Curzon and Dr. Keri Fakata. Also, thanks to Page Fabrizio, Jordan DeGraw, Kori Verwer, Jessica Thurston, and Shelly and Gaylen Buckley. Jeff wanted to thank you for your time, patience and attention. You are each the pinnacle of your professions.
Family and friends have helped Jeff, Cathy and their family many times over the years. Know that without you, we would have been lost. Thank you all!
Father Brian Roby will celebrate a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on May 7, 2022, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Whitesville, followed by interment at St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Chronic Pain Association, 11936 E 119st, Suite 216 Overland Park, KS 66213. Email: [email protected] Cards can be mailed to 1135 S. 1565 W., Springville, UT 84663.