John F. Boyle

John F. Boyle Jr.

Friday, March 29th, 1935 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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The family truly appreciates your prayers and condolences - the family wishes that no one send flowers but instead make memorials in memory of John to Texas Historical Foundation, and/or the Baylor Scott and White Irving Foundation by clicking the links at the bottom of this page....

John F. Boyle, Jr. passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020. John was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1958 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1961. Throughout his almost sixty years of practicing law, John represented cities and other governmental entities as both general and bond counsel, including the Cities of Grapevine and Hurst. John was a Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas County from 1971-1973.
Prior to establishing Boyle & Lowry, John was a founding partner in 1975 of Hutchison, Boyle, Brooks, and Fisher which handled all aspects of municipal and local government law and public finance. In 1995 he formed the law firm of Boyle & Lowry, L.L.P. with his partner Stan Lowry aided by Kitty his amazing wife who stood by his side and managed the office for its first twenty-five years. John thoroughly enjoyed the practice of law and felt blessed to work with his clients who he considered as close to family as you could have. John was continually amazed that he was able to do what he loved while working hard for such wonderful people. John was well respected and maintained an active law practice almost until the end of his life. John's tireless civic involvement included the City and school district, and most certainly coffee shop counsel on issues of the day.
Dear to his heart was his dedication to the Salvation Army which he served from 1989 to present, Rotary Club, 1966 to Present, Serra International, 1985 – Present, Texas Historical Foundation, 2002 to Present.

John passed away Monday evening and Irving lost another icon who participated, worked hard, and assisted in the growth of the City where he raised his family of six children.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marion “Kitty” Boyle, brother Mickey and his family of Las Vegas, his children, his ten grandchildren and his very special daughter in laws Sandra and Dori.

There will be no services or funeral at this time.
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    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    1413 E. Irving Blvd.
    IRVING, TX 75060
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Charles McGarry

Posted at 06:26pm
Dear Kitty,

I just heard about John's passing. He was such a big help to me when I first moved to Irving and I am so grateful to have has his and your friendship. I share your grief.

Ben West

Posted at 01:22pm
John and I became friends while attending the UT Law School. That friendship lasted through the years as we worked together and sometimes on opposite sides on many transaction. What I remember about John as a professional was his encyclopedia like knowledge of Texas He represented his client well but did not use his expertise to lord it over others less well versed.

What I remember about John as a person was his open, friendly personality and his sense of humor. He never took himself too seriously. Most of all, he was a family man. I saw less and less of him as we each retired from the practice of law,, but when I did run into him, we would invariably start talking about our grandchildren.

He was such a fine man. We will miss him very much.

Ben West

Sonya Guram

Posted at 10:32pm
My condolences to the family. I was close friends with Eileen in our elementary school years and enjoyed many sleepovers at the Boyle household. John created such a wonderful space for the children and their friends with amazing treehouses in their backyard.

Fred La Vail

Posted at 03:14pm
John and the entire Boyle family have been such an important part of the La Vail family throughout the years.
John helped Sharie and me adopt both Kerri and Elizabeth and was such a help when we needed it. He was one of my parent’s best friends and we looked at John and Kitty as part of the family.

Dad, “Great Big Matt”, always was excited when Thanksgiving rolled around because he knew John and Kitty would bring him all the dark meat as they favored only the white meat.

On occasion, Mom and Kitty would disappear on another hunt for free or good value plants and John would call Dad and ask, “Matt, do you have any idea where the girls went? It is getting harder to keep up with them.”

John served on the Board of Directors of Matt M. La Vail, Inc. for years. Although quiet compared to George Bickel and Dennis Mc Cuistion, two other Board Members, we all knew to be quiet and listen when John had something to say as he was quiet and polite but usually right on target. One thing that John never got used to was that Dad insisted on holding the Board meeting at 7:00AM over breakfast.

In these latter years, I would see John at Louis’s Barbers on Irving Blvd. and we would always try and take time to catch up briefly.
Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure to know only a few men like John. John was a friend, a man who appreciated others and a man of character.

He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Sharie and Fred La Vail

Natalia Davis

Posted at 02:30pm
My condolences to the Boyle family. Especially Matt whom I had the pleasure to work with, both you and your father, during my tenure with the City of Farmers Branch. He was a sweet man.

Natalia Davis

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