Kent R. Boyer
July 17, 1935 - March 22, 2017
Kent R. Boyer, 81, died Wednesday, March 22nd at his residence, with his family at his side, in Salem, Oregon.
He is survived by his wife Karen Boyer of Salem, Oregon, his son, Lt. Col. Rick Boyer, daughter in-law Diane Boyer and grandson Wyatt Boyer who reside in Valrico, Florida, and grandson Garrett Boyer of Portland, Oregon.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the only child of the late Clarence L. and Ruth D. Reed Boyer.
He graduated from Mt. Penn H.S., then graduated from Penn State University, with an AA in Mechanical Engineering. Later he graduated from California State University in Northridge, California, with a BA in Mathematics. Subsequently he continued at UCLA, with graduate studies in Business and Computer Science.
He was employed for 35 years in the Aerospace industry centered in Southern California. He began as a Design Engineer with Rocketdyne, a division of North American Aviation/Rockwell Corp. Later with Hydraulic Research, a division of Textron Corporation as a Research & Development Group Engineer.
A highlight of his professional career was the opportunity to be involved with the design and analysis of the F1 and J2 liquid rocket engines which powered the ascent stages of the Saturn Apollo vehicle, used in all the manned missions to the Moon.
He will be so dearly missed by his family and friends.