Diane Faye Boyd

October 14, 1955 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Diane Boyd Obituary

Diane Boyd of Arroyo Grande, California, passed away at the age of 68 years old on January 5, 2024 in San Luis Obispo, California, with family by her side.

Diane Faye Boyd was the first of five children born to Gerald and Kay Van Otterloo in Sioux Center, Iowa on October 14, 1955.

At four months old, she and her family relocated to Lakewood, California where she grew up with her younger siblings, Randy, Carol, Connie, and Mark.

Diane attended Valley Christian High School in Artesia, and recently celebrated her 50th class reunion with her oldest friends. After graduating highschool, she attended Cerritos College where she took courses in jewelry making.

She married Michael Boyd on April 3rd, 1976 and the two relocated to the Central Coast of California. It was here that she began putting down roots, and welcomed her four children; Jessica, Morgan, Eric, and Aaron. While raising her children, Diane was a devoted member of Berean Bible Church in Arroyo Grande, baking the bread for Communion for almost 20 years.

Over the course of her life, Diane had many opportunities to intertwine her talents with her employment including making and selling her own jewelry, owning and operating a nursery, and assembling exquisite floral arrangements for weddings and other special events. When she and her family came upon the opportunity to own and manage 15 acres of property in Huasna Valley, her passion turned to farming. Diane specialized in growing row crops like sweet corn, onions, pumpkins, and salad mix, and became well known for perfecting the art of dry farming her Early Girl tomatoes. Diane was blessed with the ability to farm alongside her children, grandchildren, and brother, Randy. In addition to selling her fresh produce at the local farmers` markets, Diane loved her job as a manager for the SLO County Farmers` Market Association, a role she served in for nearly 30 years.

In addition to her life’s work as an avid farmer, Diane enjoyed spending time with her friends, and could usually be found “out with the girls” for one of their weekly Happy Hour dinners, or anywhere with live music and good food. She also enjoyed camping, skiing, surfing, and kayaking throughout her life. Diane had a particularly special place in her heart for Hawaii.

More than anything, though, Diane enjoyed spending time with her family. Her home was the hub for family dinners, celebratory gatherings, and holiday festivities, with decorations for every occasion. She especially loved the Christmas season, and took great pride and joy in transforming her home into a Christmas wonderland for all to appreciate.

Diane is survived by her children, Jessica (Richard) Newell, Morgan (Atoosa) Boyd, Eric (Sara) Boyd, Aaron Boyd and his girlfriend, Priscilla, as well as her grandchildren Grin, Gracie, Ashton, Ari, Melina, Abram, and Harmony, her siblings Randy, Carol, Connie, and Mark, and her mother, Kay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Van Otterloo.

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Memorial Service
January 14, 2024

1:00 PM
Mallard Lake Ranch
1188 Osage St.
Nipomo, CA 93444


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