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.