Verne E. Boston, 70, of
passed away on
Friday, April 6, 2007
, at his home in
after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born
He grew up in the mining town of
He served in the U. S. Marine Corps from
1953 to 1956. He returned to
and became a hard rock miner with his
older brother, Don. They became well known around mining towns all over the
country. Verne spent more than 20 years working as an underground miner. In
1978, he became a Mine Safety & Health Inspector for the federal
government, where he inspected mines in
and was disability retired in 1986. The
safety of miners was of great importance to him due to the dangers miners face
In his earlier years, he
enjoyed playing the harmonica, singing, hunting, fishing, bowling, riding
motorcycles and repairing old cars. After his retirement, he and his wife,
. Some of his interests included raising
horses, fishing, working on guns, collecting semi-precious stones, spending
time with his dogs and writing poetry.
He will always be remembered
for his very light-hearted sense of humor, even in the toughest of times.
Verne was an accomplished
poet with several poems published in the National Library of Poetry. He was
also recognized by The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in
as the 1999 Miner’s Poet Laureate for
his poem “The
Miner”. In 2002, he received
the International Poet of Merit Award from the International Society of Poets.
His love of poetry extended to all subjects, but mining was his primary
He is survived by his
; his two sons, Verne and Tim; his
three daughters, Lori, Stacy, and Kelley; his three stepsons, Dan, John and Bob
Regan; two stepdaughters, Barbara Dale
MaryAnn Regan-Peterson; and four grandchildren, seven
, and one great-grandchild.
He will be forever loved and
Verne was preceded in death
by his parents,
and Basil; his wife, Beverly;
his brothers, Don, Dale and Chuck; and his sister, Carol.
A private family inurnment
will be held at a later date at
in Ocean Park, Wash. Smith Funeral Home
in Sunnyside is in charge of the arrangements.