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OBITUARY

VERNE E. BOSTON

Verne E. Boston, 70, of

Mabton

passed away on

Friday, April 6, 2007

, at his home in

Mabton

after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born

July 2, 1936

, in

Oatman

,

Ariz.

He grew up in the mining town of

Butte

,

Mont.

He served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956. He returned to

Butte

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

Alaska

,

Washington

,

West Virginia

and

Utah

and was disability retired in 1986. The safety of miners was of great importance to him due to the dangers miners face everyday.

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,

Beverly

moved to

Eastern Washington

. 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

Leadville

,

Colo.

as the 1999 Miner’s Poet Laureate for his poem “The

Hardrock

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 inspiration.

He is survived by his sister, Betty

Philp

; 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

Yug

and MaryAnn Regan-Peterson; and four grandchildren, seven

stepgrandchildren

, and one great-grandchild.

He will be forever loved and missed.

Verne was preceded in death by his parents,

Mayme

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

Taylor

Ocean

Park

Cemetery

in Ocean Park, Wash. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of the arrangements.

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