Boyd Arthur Cole

Sep 23, 1951 - Jan 2, 2021

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


September 23, 1951 – January 2, 2021

Boyd Arthur Cole of Citrus Heights, California, passed away on January 2, 2021 from complications of COVID-19 following a long illness.

Boyd was born in Littleton, New Hampshire, on September 23, 1951 to Boyd Fullam and Elizabeth (Betty) Ryan Cole. The oldest of Boyd and Betty’s 7 children, Boyd grew up in New Hampshire, Idaho, and Washington before moving to Sacramento in 1961.

In 1969, Boyd graduated from Rancho Cordova High School. While in high school, Boyd worked for the Rancho Cordova Fire Department, beginning a lifelong career in emergency services. Driven by his passion for helping others, Boyd eventually worked as a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry (now CalFire) and the Citrus Heights Fire District, where he served as a member of the Fireman’s Association Board of Directors; an emergency dispatcher with the Sacramento County Fire Department and the Foothill and Baystar ambulance services; and as an emergency room clerk at Mercy General and Kaiser Morse hospitals. Boyd also loved photography, and frequently worked with Gary Harsh to provide photo services to law enforcement agencies in the Sacramento area.

Boyd’s greatest pride, however, was his family, helping raise his siblings before marrying Carol Jean Glanville on April 19, 1980 and raising three children of his own. He was an active parent volunteer, joining his children on field trips, supporting school activities, and coaching youth sports teams. Among his many volunteer activities, Boyd served in leadership roles with the Citrus Heights soccer and baseball leagues.

Later in life, Boyd developed a number of health conditions which limited his activity, but he was a fighter, and overcame physical obstacles to spend more time with the loves of his life, his granddaughters Kylee and Addison.

Boyd is remembered by his family, friends, and co-workers as a generous man who would give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He had a wicked sense of humor, loved fast cars and burnt food, and always had his camera ready to capture family memories.

Boyd was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Carol, father Boyd, and sister Susan. He is survived by his mother Betty; his siblings William, Jennifer, Philip, Leah, and John; his son James Boyd Cole and son-in-law Peter Barth; his daughter Rebecca Elyse Cole and granddaughter Kylee; and his daughter Katherine Elizabeth Cole, son-in-law James Jackson, and granddaughter Addison.


  • Katherine Cole says:

    Dad you were a true fighter! You fought so long and hard to keep with us! So glad for all the amazing memories from sports, field trips, to learning to drive from driving you to different accident scenes, and many more memories of spoiling the girls. You would give anything to help out anyone that needed it. Addison loved bringing her books into read to you and Don and telling you guys jokes to keep you on your toes! Thank you for always reminding me I could tackle any problem they threw at us and I would always figure out a way to get it done. You were a true cheerleader for all these years always making us better and always encouraging us to go bigger. We will love and miss you like crazy but so glad you are not in pain anymore. ❤️💜 give Mom love from us!

  • Leah Cole Anchor says:

    Bead, Thanks for helping to raise us – you always had our backs. Your passions for the fire service and photography were only surpassed by the love of your family. Whatever they were doing was where you would be. Not many people find their 2nd career just as fulfilling, but you excelled at working in the ER just as much as dispatching. I wish you had been given better health and could have enjoyed your well-earned retirement more. You never gave up, BA, but now you can have some good times with Carol, Dad and all the other folks you’ve been missing. I will miss you in this world – in your next life, could you answer your phone more? Love, ,your baby sis

  • Mary Cole says:

    You where deeply loved by family and friends .You will be truly high cuz . love you

  • Gary says:

    RIP fellow Lancer. Class of 67

  • Liz Bozek Krohn says:

    Boyd, may God grant you eternal rest. You were a larger than life figure to many of us. Sympathy, prayers and love 💘 to his family. May your many memories carry you through this difficult time. Liz Bozek Krohn, Cordova ’74

  • Jennifer Cole Haight says:

    Thinking about the void you left in your wake. You were cherished by many and it warmed my heart to hear, and read, all the loving, funny, tearful tributes to your adult soul. Such love showered your way big brother. You made your mark on this planet and you will be remembered forever because of it.

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