Profile — After experiencing recent health issues, Mike Boyes dies Dec. 26 at a Portland hospital

After declining health the past few months, Newberg native Mike Boyes died Dec. 26.

Boyes, 66, was an active member of the community as a business owner, his work with the Old Fashioned Festival and Northside Community Church, as well as serving as a firefighter and city councilor.Mike Boyes

“He’s had some health issues. He had a (heart) valve replacement a couple of months ago, it’s been downhill since then,” said Al Blodgett, former fire chief and lifelong friend. “He was in the hospital a couple of days before Christmas, and transferred to St. Vincent’s (in Portland) where he died.”

Blodgett said he’s known Boyes since the 1960s when Boyes Janitorial serviced Blodgett’s restaurant.

“He was an individual with some strong convictions and really looked out, in his eyes, for what was best for Newberg,” he said. “His dedication to the Old Fashioned Festival showed folks his dedication to Newberg.”

Greg Fair, Northside Community Church pastor, said although Boyes was only recently involved with the church, he was a blessing.

“It was wonderful to have him,” Fair said. “He’s Mr. Newberg. He lived here his whole life in the town and believed in it. Any civic group that needed help he would do what he could to help.”

Fair added that Boyes was a guy who cared about people.

“If people were in need and Mike found out about it, he goes quickly and takes care of it,” Fair said. “He was an incredible guy.”

Jeff Getsinger, Northside senior pastor, said he’d known Boyes for 40 years, working for him for 20, 15 of them as his company manager.

“He’s a very generous person, very kind, very giving and always thinking of other people,” Getsinger said.

Reinforcing his desire to help people with little recognition, he said Boyes sponsored the recent Christmas concert at Northside.

“Nobody knew that,” he said. “He wanted to stay behind the scenes.”

Jobey Stigall, Boyes Janitorial manager, said what stands out about Boyes for him is how many employees he has touched over the years.

“After telling my key personnel that Mike had passed I could tell one of my newer supervisors was struggling with the news. I asked him what he was feeling, he started to cry and said, ‘Mike has done more for me in the last two years than anybody has done for me my whole life,’” Stigall said. “That sentence right there sums up for me what Mike is all about. Mike has helped make me the person I am today, and for that I will forever be grateful.”

Blodgett said Boyes also spent 10 years with the Newberg Fire Department.

“He was an all around good person,” he said. “For me I’ve lost a close personal friend and a great supporter of Newberg.”

The community responded quickly to the news of Boyes’ death as well, reaching out on Facebook to offer condolences. Most offered prayers to his family.

“The community really has lost a pillar,” Carla Tindle Thaler commented. “Not only did Mike support a lot of community events through sponsorships with Boyes Janitorial, he has also been a source of employment for many of our youth over the years.”

Fair said Boyes would have to drive through town every night to see if anything had changed.

“If he was at the beach, he would have to come through town at night,” he said. “I asked him about it and he said, ‘I just love this town.’”

There will be a gravesite service at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 at Valley View Memorial Park with a second memorial following at 2 p.m. at Northside Community Church.

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