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Longtime county sheriff Rod Boyd dies

He went to work as a dispatcher, then worked patrol, eventually becoming an investigator. He was elected sheriff in Dakota County in 1975. Rod Boyd held the position for 20 years before retiring.

Boyd died Oct. 5, 2015 in Jordan, surrounded by his family. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hope Lutheran Church, Jordan. Honors were provided by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association.

Boyd was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Farmington, the son of Donald and Olive Boyd. He was the oldest of four children.

Following graduation from Farmington High School, Boyd worked for the railroad as a telegrapher at the Rosemount Depot. While employed there, he met Beverly Genz. They married Oct. 1, 1955.They settled in Farmington and had two daughters, Dawn and Yvonne.

After Boyd went to work in the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, he earned his associate degree in law enforcement. When the county began discussion of a new jail to replace the overcrowded, outdated one in downtown Hastings, Boyd offered a new design concept. The concept of using inmate cell pods was implemented in the facility. During his tenure as sheriff, Boyd also began the mounted patrol. It continues to serve the county today.

Boyd served on the Farmington City Council, was a volunteer firefighter and drove ambulance and school bus. He was Mason, a member of the Minneapolis Zurah Shrine and member of Farmington Lutheran Church. After retirement, Rod and Bev Boyd traveled to Mesa, Ariz. in the winter. He enjoyed woodworking and and made custom birdhouses. He loved baking and taking loaves of fresh-baked bread to friends and neighbors in Arizona.

In 2000, the Boyds moved to Jordan to be closer to family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bev; daughters Dawn and Yvonne; grandsons Cody and Travis; and sisters Marlene Kispert and Donna Paulsen. His parents and brother, Donald, preceded him in death.