Larry D. Boye

February 24, 1932October 19, 2018
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Larry Dean Boye, "LB", 86, of Arvada, Colorado passed from this earth on October 19, 2018 after a lifetime of beautiful music as an educator. Larry was born February 24, 1932 in Ellsworth, KS to Clarence Boye and Anna (Adamek) Boye and was raised outside Holyrood, KS.

Larry devoted his entire life to the performing arts, teaching music to students of all ages. He started on his musical pathway his senior year at Holyrood High School in Holyrood, KS. He graduated from Bethany College and Wichita State, earning Bachelors and Masters degrees of Music Education. While in school, he spent summers performing in multiple musicals at the Starlight Theater in Wichita, Kansas. Larry started his music teaching career at high schools in Hoxie and Columbus, Kansas, before moving on to direct choral groups and musicals at Manhattan High School, including the Manhattan Pops Choir. He rose to prominence as director of the Ball State University singers in Indiana from 1968 to 1985. During his tenure the group performed in dozens of states and countries around the world, including presidential inaugurations and USO tours, spreading goodwill through music to the point the group became designated as the Goodwill Ambassadors of the State of Indiana.

After leaving Ball State, Larry continued his career as a vocal specialist for Walt Disney Productions before going back to college teaching at Brevard Community College in Florida in 1987. There he directed musicals and several choral groups that also performed worldwide. Finally, he rounded out his career as a consultant for The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, once more traveling to many states and countries and encouraging hundreds of students in their performance careers. In his personal life, Larry continued his extensive involvement with music, directing church choirs in nearly every town where he lived. Always ready with a humorous phrase or pun, Larry loved music and life and was memorable to all he met. He permanently retired in 2008. His additional passions included fishing, history books, opera, classical music,skeet shooting and woodworking.

Larry is survived by his daughter Tammy Derloshon (Castle Rock, CO), son J.D. Boye and daughter in law Kathy (Aurora, CO), five grandchildren (Andi, Chris, Jillian, Lauren, and Makenna) and upwards of a thousand former students who remember "LB" fondly.

He was twice divorced. He was preceded in death by Sue Jean (Snyder) Boye his wife of 30 years and is survived by Pamela Hoopingarner Boye his wife of 18 years.

A viewing and memorial is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 25 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Pavilion at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, CO. A service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood, CO on Friday, Oct 26 at 10:00 am. Graveside service will be at the St Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Holyrood, KS on Saturday, Oct 27 at 1:00 pm. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University Singers at Ball State University, to the choral department at Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College), Bethany College choral department or to the Manhattan Pops choir at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, KS.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 26, 2018


  • Final Resting Place


Larry D. Boye

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Patricia Nowak

December 4, 2019

I recently found a musical tape in a box at school. The cassette is labeled Holland High School Women's choir, Professor Larry D. Boye, Adjudicator.
The music on the tape is beautiful.
I am wondering if this was done by this Larry D. Boye

Thank you for your time.

Patricia Nowak
Holland, NY 14080

Elizabeth McGovern Corwin

April 22, 2019

"LB" was an amazing director and person. I loved him and looked forward to class every week at BCC. He made me love music and encouraged me to continue performing. Now I am teaching music to children with Autism. I have been trying to locate him for about 10 years with no avail and even called Young Americans. I'm so heartbroken to have found this.

Jeffrey Hoover

December 25, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with LB at Ball State University during my freshman year in college when I played in the University Singers band. That was the year that the Christmas Extravaganza got canceled because of severe snowstorms. That’s also the year that we have the opportunity to perform on stage with Bob Hope in Springfield Missouri and we had a music performance tour of Russia, Latvia, and Poland in late May and early June. I learned a great deal about music and stage presence through those experiences and through working with LB. He was a dynamic and creative person, and one of my teachers who I have very fond memories of.

Fred Lipper

December 17, 2018

Wonderful man. I sang under his direction at Manhattan High School and I'll always be grateful for all he did for his students. He lifted us up, inspired, challenged, encouraged, supported, and he went far beyond the requirements of his "job" by networking far and wide to give us exposure to fantastic opportunities. Thank you Mr. Boyd. You are dear in my heart.

Barbara Nesmith

December 17, 2018

Just learned of the passing of this great man. I had him for a choir director for a short time at Manhattan High School. He was a wonderful, dynamic, creative music teacher! On top of that, he was one of the few adults in my life, at that time, who made an awkward teenage girl feel good and special and respected. Thank you, Mr. Boye, for the wonderful music and good times.

Steve and Nancy Zirkle

November 4, 2018

We have so many good memories of your mom and dad when we were back to back neighbors. When your mom and I used to meet at Waffle House your dad would usually show up. What fun!
And when we had to put our dog to sleep your dad insisted on going with me and not letting me witness it.
One summer he enclosed our patio with it costing us just the material and a jelly roll. Your mother gave Mike and Andy piano lessons and they continued that and instruments in high school.
I could go on and on but what a special friendship we had. They were so proud of JD and Tammy.

Ron Smith

November 4, 2018

Your father was the one teacher in High School that allowed me to learn there was a world of opportunities for how my life would turn out that didn’t involve football. Most teachers teaching a subject don’t get into that unspoken philosophy with their students. They just teach. Usually a teacher has favorites and then some students who don’t particularly like them. I don’t know of a single person in that ’64-65 Pops Choir who didn’t like and respect Larry Boye. To this day.

Ann Branham

November 4, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I am praying for you, Tammy, and your families. And I will hold dear my memory of him telling me I had a baby sister after I woke him up singing Partridge Family songs.

Bethany Hartman

November 4, 2018

I learned more from time spent with LB (rehearsals, performances, laying down click track) then any other music education experience. He was a master at planning a program and pulling all the details together. I still have many of the charts we did! I'm grateful I had the opportunity to learn from him!

Lori Smith Baxter

November 4, 2018

My four years at BSU were fantastic because of his direction of Singers. I cannot imagine what my college years would have been without his influence.