Dawn J Boyle June 3, 1927 ~ April 5, 2022
It was the dawning of a bright day on June 3, 1927 when Hazel Dawn Jensen, the fifth child of Della Adams and Hans Jensen, was born in Moab, UT.
After nearly 95 years of life, she passed away on April 5, 2022 in Herriman, UT.
She grew up in the tiny village of Monticello, where she stayed busy working with her family at the City Merc. She also worked at the theatre and watched movies just about every night.
Dawn was the youngest of five children and joined a busy home with Fawn, Ned, and Betty. A second brother, Rex Buckley, had died as an infant.
Dawn loved her friends and attending school in Monticello, but the schools closed during World War II so she finished her high school education at BY High School, graduating in 1945.
She studied at the University of Utah for one year. Dawn enjoyed fun and adventure, and was unafraid to try new things. While a student at the U, she sold her clarinet to buy a pair of skis.
The next year, she jumped on a train headed to an obscure new college, Chillicothe Business College, in north central Missouri.
Dawn eventually earned a secretarial certificate at Chillicothe and also met Eddie Boyle, a veteran who was quarterback of the college football team.
Eddie was from Lonoke, AR and Dawn said he was unlike anyone she had ever met.
They were married in Kansas City, MO in January, 1948. Son Doug was born in St, Louis, MO in 1950 and son Scott was born in Little Rock, AR in 1954.
They moved to Monticello in 1958, where son Bill was born in 1962.
Dawn and Eddie had many business adventures in Monticello, working at the City Merc, running the Tex Burger, operating the Dry Cleaners, part owners of KUTA radio station, and eventually owning Boyle Insurance Agency.
Over the years, she also worked as a secretary at the uranium mill site, for a legal firm, at the school, bank, and doctor’s office, and at Boyle Insurance.
In addition to their businesses, Dawn supported Eddie in his many ventures in politics and community service.
While she experienced outside success, what defined her life was her family and friends.
She was a focused mother of three rambunctious boys and was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor. She was positive, happy, encouraging, and faithful.
Girls finally entered the family when Doug married Annette, Scott married Cassie, and Bill married Lynda. She loved being a mother-in-law and grandmother. Nine granddaughters and four grandsons balanced things out.
Church service marked Dawn’s life. When Eddie joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1965, they immersed themselves in church service.
They spent one year in the newly created Africa West Mission, one year in the Australia Melbourne Mission, and one year in the Anchorage Alaska Mission. They primarily served in small communities, where they immersed themselves in the lives of members of the church in small, isolated areas.
After a brief illness soon after returning from Alaska, Eddie died in 1990, and Dawn was on her own for the first time in decades. Despite her loneliness, she became very independent and began a quest to be the world’s greatest grandma.
Dawn enjoyed cooking, serving, traveling, and making people happy. And she was good at it.
She served in the Relief Society, as a Temple Worker, and completed innumerable quiet, private acts of service. Dawn partnered with Aunt Dorothy Adams and these two widows worked miracles in Monticello. She helped Bill purchase the San Juan Record and was a steady force to help the business through good times and bad.
She was a force for good in the world and those in her circle of influence are forever grateful. She helped those around her feel love and support with her positive and happy outlook.
In recent years, she began to suffer from dementia. In spite of her challenges, she always remained positive and happy and loved everyone she met. She passed away on April 5, 2022, in Herriman, UT, just two months shy of her 95th birthday.
Dawn is survived by sons Scott (Cassie) Boyle and Bill (Lynda) Boyle, daughter-in-law Annette (Larry) Winn, 13 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Eddie, son Doug and an entire generation on both sides of the family, including siblings and in-laws.
Funeral services are Friday, April 15 at the Monticello Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 169 South Main Street. Visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment follows in the Monticello City Cemetery.
Card of thanks
The family of Dawn Boyle expresses their appreciation for the many acts of service on her behalf. Many people served Dawn over the years, from neighbors who watched out for her, friends who kept her happy and loved, the wonderful members of the Monticello First and Third Wards, and people throughout the community.
In recent years, she was cared for by Dr. Crofts, Canyon Hospice, and the wonderful staff at Beehive Homes of Herriman. Thank you!
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