Bart Boice was a True Pirate though his family moved away before we graduated. …

Bart Boice was a True Pirate though his family moved away before we graduated. He died over the weekend in Ft. Worth, Texas. He had been living there for about four years.
I met Bart in eighth grade at Hefner Junior High in Oklahoma City. We were both new to that school. Bart and I used to go water skiing whenever possible during our days living at Ski Island. He, Sam Johnson and I took turns buying gasoline and using our family’s boats. Our group owned the water in the spring and fall afternoons. Bart and I went canoeing up and down the lakes that connected to Ski Island. Bart helped me get my 1st job in 8th grade, busing tables at My Pi. We always tried to be on the same team when playing sandlot football on the vacant lot near our homes. Bart really loved riding motorcycles and fast cars. After we graduated from PC, Bart went into jet mechanics school. He had had a successful and long career working for several airlines. Bart had been married for a number of years but went through a difficult divorce a few years back. His life changed after he moved from Wichita to Texas. I'll always have great memories of one of my best friends Bart. If you contact me, I will share memorial information for Bart as I receive it from his family.

25 Comments
  • Mariana Bailey Pearson
    Posted at 20:49h, 06 January

    Thanks for sharing. So sorry for the loss of your friend.

  • Tommy Reed
    Posted at 21:03h, 06 January

    Sorry to hear that ric

  • Scott Kendall
    Posted at 21:03h, 06 January

    Once a Pirate always a Pirate

  • Steffany Sharpe-Leach
    Posted at 21:11h, 06 January

    This is such sad news. He was such a kind and wonderful person. There are so many memories of Ski Island. Please share his memorial services.

  • Jennifer Payne
    Posted at 21:26h, 06 January

    Thanks for letting us know. It’s always shocking to find out a fellow classmate has passed away. Please share his memorial services.

  • Sherri Krahl Christensen
    Posted at 21:27h, 06 January

    So sorry to hear this. Sending prayers for you and his family.

  • Laurie Wilson McCoy
    Posted at 21:31h, 06 January

    Oh, that’s so sad. I remember Bart well from Hefner. Way too early to be dying.
    Sorry- I know that hurts. 😞

  • David Austin
    Posted at 22:09h, 06 January

    I’m really sorry to hear this. Thanks for letting us know (and for sharing your memories).

  • Peggy Newman
    Posted at 22:10h, 06 January

    Thx for letting us all know, Rick. Prayers for all.

  • Mary M Howard
    Posted at 22:18h, 06 January

    Thank you for honoring Bart’s life with such fond memories.

  • Libbie Marshall
    Posted at 22:40h, 06 January

    {{Hugs}}

  • Lorie Deason Pelman
    Posted at 23:15h, 06 January

    So sorry to hear this. xoxo

  • Kelly Morris
    Posted at 23:18h, 06 January

    I remember when Bart moved here in jr high. He was always very nice and always had a smile on his face. So sorry tod his family

  • Lisa Hamburger-Watson
    Posted at 23:27h, 06 January

    So sorry for your loss. Too young to be gone!

  • Wayne Coe
    Posted at 00:01h, 07 January

    A passionate, compassionate eulogy, my heart goes out to you.

  • Sheryl Sutton-Sigler
    Posted at 00:47h, 07 January

    So sorry to hear this RIP Bart.

  • Diana Hooten Wright
    Posted at 01:12h, 07 January

    I live in the community in Missouri where Bart lived while raising his boys. Bart and I laughed at what a small world it was to have gone to Hefner Junior High together, rode the bus together, to living in a small town on the outskirts of Kansas City to raise our families. He was a great guy. He has two fine sons that will carry on his name and memory. He will be greatly missed.

  • Bob Rogers
    Posted at 02:02h, 07 January

    Blessings to Bart’s family and friends. Godspeed.

  • Rhonda Gonzalez
    Posted at 02:06h, 07 January

    I’m so sorry to hear that one of our classmates has passed. My prayers to all who knew and loved him.

  • Claudia Frances Oldland Kaestner
    Posted at 02:40h, 07 January

    Memories. 6312 Captain’s Drive. Ski Island. Prayers for peace.

  • Claudia Frances Oldland Kaestner
    Posted at 02:41h, 07 January

    Ski Island impacted MANY lives in MANY ways.

  • Sharon Bergman Johnson
    Posted at 03:04h, 07 January

    Such wonderful memories. Thank God for our friends. Sorry to hear he has left us.

  • Terri Darrah Atkinson
    Posted at 04:40h, 07 January

    I remember Bart from Hefner and My Pie and yes he was always smiling. How sad. Very nice post Rick. Thank you.

  • Claudia Frances Oldland Kaestner
    Posted at 03:55h, 08 January

    Is Dave Ardies anywhere in cyber space?

  • Jill Pabst Miller
    Posted at 15:40h, 08 January

    Thank you for posting. He will be missed.