Dr. Donald Kent Boyden


June 28, 1934 - June 11, 2014


Donald Kent Boyden was born June 28, 1934, at Des Moines, IA, and was adopted by Carl and Clara (Wallace) Boyden on August 14, 1934; he was adopted from the Polk County Hospital Orphanage. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1952 and attended the University of South Dakota, Dakota Wesleyan University and Nebraska Wesleyan University. He graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1962 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He served in the US Navy from 1954 until 1956 as a Dental Technician. On June 6, 1957, he married Norma Fay Farris at the United Methodist Church in Mitchell.

He was a dentist in Mitchell until his retirement in 2002 and was a member of the Medical/Dental Staffs of Methodist Hospital and St Joseph and Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. He was a member of the American Dental Association, South Dakota Dental Association, Southern District Dental Society and was a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. He established dental facilities at the Methodist Hospital, St Joseph Hospital and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. He was a United Way Campaign Chairman and President in Mitchell, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President of the Mitchell Rotary Club, Past District Governor of Rotary International and was Past State Vice President of the South Dakota Jaycees.

He is survived by his wife Norma, two sons, Drew Boyden of Mitchell and Dr. Derek Boyden and wife, Nancy of Ollala, WA and one grandchild, Sofia.


Thursday, June 19, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, June 20, 2014
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Howard & Donna Paul on June 20, 2014
So very sorry to hear of Dons' passing. I considered him a friend as well as a hard working associate in J.C.'s . He will be missed.
Posted by Lyle & Irene Swenson on June 18, 2014
Farewell my friend, farewell, you have served us well for many years throughout the community of Mitchell. We will miss your friendly smile, your service to the community & most of all you Don as you have been a mainstay at the Carnegie Resource Center in many ways. From our early school days right on to your leaving us for a much better place you have always been a true friend.
Posted by Cyndy Chaney on June 18, 2014
So many memories of summers at Gull Lake as we were "kids". Thoughts of sympathy to you Norma
Posted by Tom & Sherri Patzer on June 17, 2014
We have fond memories of crewing for the balloon that Don sponsored. Duane Waack of Sioux Falls was the pilot and we had such fun working with both Don and Duane every year while the balloon festival was in Mitchell. It's when we really got to know Don and discovered what a special person he was. He will be missed by us and the entire Mitchell community.
Posted by SDDAA on June 17, 2014
Dr. Don was an Honorary member of our dental assistants association, and a staunch supporter of dental assistants. Our sympathy to his family and friends at his passing.
Posted by Jackie (CLARK )Christiansen on June 14, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Boyden family. God bless you
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