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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARIO

Eugene Leighton Boyette

15 agosto , 19383 septiembre , 2019
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Eugene Leighton Boyette “Leighton”, age 81, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. Leighton is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Stephanie Boyette; his daughter and son-in-law, Lona and Scott Tullock; his step-children, Katherine and Louis Saez and Jenifer Bonomo; his grandchildren, Kaylin Bonomo, Owen Saez, Benjamin Saez, Heather Harden, Josh Kelly and Joel Kelly, and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia Lisk.

Leighton was born in Tampa, Florida and was in the first graduating class of Jacksonville’s Paxon High School in 1957. He was active in nearly all sports and joined most clubs offered by the school – Leighton rarely missed an opportunity to connect with others, to socialize and build lasting friendships. After high school graduation, Leighton joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Tripoli, Italy, he served in the Air Police, his first introduction to the police officer role. After many years of USAF service, he returned to Jacksonville and began working at the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, looking for an opportunity to return to a police force. In 1962, an opening at the Policy Academy was offered to him, and thus began his long and decorated career at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office until his retirement in 2013. Leighton was an original member of the JSO Riot Squad, and was also a member of the Honor Guard. He was later transferred to the courts as a bailiff, where he took many young officers under his wings, mentoring them. Leighton served under many judges, for whom he had the utmost respect. He was well-known for his kindness and generosity, and for being the bailiff who had the best joke of the day.

Leighton lived a long and happy life. He had a great love for UGA football, riding motorcycles, traveling with his wife, Stephanie and his beloved pets Yssup, Brandy, Hooker and Brigit. He had many dear friends, and he treasured their friendships. After his retirement in 2013, he slowed down a bit and was able to spend precious time with his grandchildren Kaylin, Owen and Ben. Leighton was a remarkable man who touched many lives with his kindness, selflessness, humor and steadfast devotion to protect and serve.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00-8:00pm at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Legacy Lodge, 4801 San Jose Blvd. A private burial will take place Friday morning at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Pallbears will include all members of his founding club, Police Royal Old Timers Last Man Club. All friends and family are invited to join in a Celebration of Life at the Fraternal Order of Police on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 2:00-5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 or FOP Foundation Re: Fallen Officer Relief Fund, 5530 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com.

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  • Leighton is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Stephanie Boyette; his daughter and son-in-law, Lona and Scott Tullock; his step-children, Katherine and Louis Saez and Jenifer Bonomo; his grandchildren, Kaylin Bonomo, Owen Saez, Benjamin Saez, Heather Harden, Josh Kelly and Joel Kelly, and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia Lisk.
  • DONACIONES

  • Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
  • FOP Foundation ~ Fallen Officer Relief Fund

Servicios

  • Visitation jueves, 12 septiembre , 2019
  • Celebration of Life viernes, 13 septiembre , 2019

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Jakie Treese

15 septiembre , 2019

Leighton and I were very close many years ago. He was so good to my daughter and me. He will missed so much. Its so hard to lose someone you love. Always remember you never lose those you give to God. I know how hard it is and we will be praying for you and the family. God bless you and know that he is still with you. 🙏🏻

AL Hogan

13 septiembre , 2019

I worked with Leighton as a Police Bailiff after we both had retired from JSO. What a fun and good guy to be around. He took his job very serious and knew who to trust. Rest in Peace Leighton. Your friend, AL HOGAN

Theresa Tasso McGonagle

13 septiembre , 2019

I was in the class of 1957 with Leighton. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May they find peace and comfort from the support of all those who loved and will miss him.

Bobby Rowe

13 septiembre , 2019

Leighton and I, became friends while working in the Court system in the 80's. We enjoyed many trips on our motorcycles together and shared a lot of our personal life. He was a true friend and will be deeply missed.

Marlene Thomas

12 septiembre , 2019

I first met Leighton in 1951. We were in the 7th grade at John Gorrie Jr High. We became friends and stuck together all the way through high school, Paxon 1957 and continued through our adult lives. As the years went by Leighton remained very close and protective. There were times when my life was pretty stressful and he was always there for me and my girls. Always ready to help in any way that was needed. Leighton was "one of a kind". There will never be another. It is so difficult not to be there today. My thoughts and love are with Stephanie, Lona and family. My deepest love and sympathy, always. Marlene

Lona Boyette Tullock

11 septiembre , 2019

My Dad!
I wish you were still here. I so enjoyed our talks about life and the journey we were on. He was a mighty man to me! While we did not live together the times we spent together were special. I cannot put into words how much I am going to miss you, but never forget how much it meant to me to be your little girl!
I love you Dad!!

Stephanie Boyette

11 septiembre , 2019

It’s only been a week and I’m still in a daze, unable to accept that you are really gone. Your sweet scent is still so ever present and the little things we would say to each other when we would be in other rooms, I can hear your voice saying “Boyette, I love you”. Our memories will stay close in my heart forever. God only made one of you and what an honor, I was given to be your best friend, partner and wife. I will always love you💙

Kaylin Bonomo

10 septiembre , 2019

I love you PopPop

Katie Saez

10 septiembre , 2019

Leighton lived life, and he lived it to the fullest! Energetic, charismatic and genuinely kind, he filled a room with his magnetic presence. Leighton was an avid Bulldog and a very loyal patriot! I will remember him for how he inspired others to be their best and to follow their own passions in life. I will remember our fun summer afternoons in Orangedale, his love for gold jewelry, the lasting smell of his cologne, and the way he could connect with almost anyone, building lasting friendships that are so rare today. I celebrate Leighton's service to our nation and his steadfast dedication to the Jacksonville community. I'm incredibly grateful for the way he brought joy into our family, especially the way he loved my mother. Leighton will be greatly missed, yet remembered in our hearts forever.

Richard King

9 septiembre , 2019

Steph. I know it hurts but we know he is in the best place. I cannot possibly go over all the things that happened in the fifty fives years we knew each other. I will just say the most important, Leighton was my friend. Remember, yournever gone as long as someone remembers you. Love richard

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Biografía

Leighton was born in Tampa, Florida and was in the first graduating class of Jacksonville’s Paxon High School in 1957. He was active in nearly all sports and joined most clubs offered by the school – Leighton rarely missed an opportunity to connect with others, to socialize and build lasting friendships. After high school graduation, Leighton joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Tripoli, Italy, he served in the Air Police, his first introduction to the police officer role. After many years of USAF service, he returned to Jacksonville and began working at the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, looking for an opportunity to return to a police force. In 1962, an opening at the Policy Academy was offered to him, and thus began his long and decorated career at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office until his retirement in 2013. Leighton was an original member of the JSO Riot Squad, and was also a member of the Honor Guard. He was later transferred to the courts as a bailiff, where he took many young officers under his wings, mentoring them. Leighton served under many judges, for whom he had the utmost respect. He was well-known for his kindness and generosity, and for being the bailiff who had the best joke of the day.

Leighton lived a long and happy life. He had a great love for UGA football, riding motorcycles, traveling with his wife, Stephanie and his beloved pets Yssup, Brandy, Hooker and Brigit. He had many dear friends, and he treasured their friendships. After his retirement in 2013, he slowed down a bit and was able to spend precious time with his grandchildren Kaylin, Owen and Ben. Leighton was a remarkable man who touched many lives with his kindness, selflessness, humor and steadfast devotion to protect and serve.