F. Gillar Boyd Jr., former Desert Water Agency director, dies

August 5th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

F. Gillar Boyd Jr., who spent 35 years as a Desert Water Agency board member, passed away Sunday.

He was 85.

Boyd was on the Palm Springs-based water agency from 1974 until 2009 – making him the agency’s longest serving member.

“This agency and community benefitted so much from Gillar’s leadership,” current board Patricia Oygar said in a statement today. “It was an honor to have served on the board with him and he will be deeply missed by many.”

Boyd is credited with helping plan the agency’s Snow Creek and Whitewater hydroelectric facilities in the 1980s. He also was instrumental in the water recycling program, which launched in 1988.

Boyd retired in April 2009. At the time, he was given resolutions from state and federal leaders, including the governor’s office, and presented with the title of “director emeritus,” according to the agency.

Boyd’s other civic work included serving on the Palm Springs Airport Commission, the Local Agency Formation Commission and the Palm Springs Desert Museum board.

“Though he was retired, Gillar was an important part of DWA,” David Luker, DWA’s general manager and chief engineer, said in a statement.

“His contributions to this agency are numerous and we are truly grateful for all he did here. His passing is a loss to the entire community.”

He is survived by son Florian Boyd III of Palm Springs; daughter Joan Boyd Johnson of Palm Springs; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service information was being finalized Monday.

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