Boyd R. Landrum, a native of Siskiyou County, died suddenly on May 25, 2016, due to complications from a fall.
Boyd was born on Nov. 14, 1948, in Yreka to Ruby and Roy Landrum. Boyd weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces, which at the time was the largest baby born at Siskiyou General Hospital.
He spent his childhood in Fort Jones and graduated from Fort Jones High School in 1966. Right out of high school, Boyd went into the workforce, which began his career of working in the lumber industry. In 1971, he married Verla Rice and together they had a daughter, Codie Melugin. They later divorced and he remarried Shirley Bryant and together they had two daughters, Jennifer “Jenni” and Keri. That marriage resulted in divorce as well.
Boyd traveled all over the country, working in a variety of mills and along these travels he met many people which resulted in lifelong friendships. At one point, Boyd owned and operated K&J Lumber in Happy Camp, which was named after two of his daughters. Boyd spent the last 25 years of his life living in Douglas County and continued his work in the lumber industry, something that he truly loved. During this time, Boyd met Orbie Meshew, who was Boyd’s closest friend for the last 20 years. Orbie was by Boyd’s side every day as his best friend and partner in crime and this proved to be a true friendship, as Orbie was with him in his final days. This is something that Boyd’s daughters will forever be grateful for.
Boyd leaves behind his three daughters, Codie Melugin, and husband, Carl of Murtaugh Idaho, and their two sons, Jace and Riley; Jennifer Glenn and husband Don of Tulelake, and their three daughters, Hali, Emily and Kera; and Keri Landrum of Cottonwood, California, and her children, Nick, Phil, Isabel, Eva, Luis, Alexandra, Karlie and Alia. He also leaves behind a brother, James Landrum of Yreka; sister, Joan McCoy of Kentucky; and four stepsons, Harry, Rick, Scott and Doug Tower. Family was the most important thing in Boyd’s life and he cherished his daughters and grandchildren more than anything.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister, Leora Zink.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday June 11, 2016, at 1 p.m. in Fort Jones at the Fort Jones Cemetery.