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Boyd Martin Donker, age 62, of Elk Rapids and formerly of Gaylord passed gently on Christmas Eve 2016.

Boyd was born in Grand Rapids on April 24, 1954 to Jack Robert and Elizabeth “Mini” (Voss) Donker.  His parents and extended family gave him a childhood he recalled with glee and that grin of his.  His life and work in the gas and oil industry gave him great satisfaction and he was good at his job.  

Boyd loved living in Northern Michigan, the past six years spent in Elk Rapids with his girlfriend Carey and Chase the wonder dog who was his constant companion over his two and a half years of battling cancer.

He loved his family and friends and is survived by his children, Anthony, Trent and Chemena and his grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2 PM from the Amvets Post 114, 410 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids, MI.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Michigan through Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Service To Be Held At: Amvets Post 114, Elk Rapids, MI

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From: Anthony Donker
Gaylord, Mi

Miss you dad. Just glad you are no longer in the pain you were in anymore. Love you.

From: Lori Graham
Traverse City, MI

Hi Carey: As a long-time listener, when I went through my daily cancer treatments, after I'd leave the cancer center, I always listened to your show because you made me feel so much better and brightened my days. I now wish I could do the same for you. Just know how much you are loved by so many in this listening area and beyond. Keep your wonderful memories close to your heart. And paddle on my friend.

From: Krystal Donajkowski (Avery)
Gaylord, MI

I had the opportunity to work with Boyd thru Alpine Professional Answering Service. No matter what time of day, the weather outside, or that I was calling him out to work- he always had a great attitude. Our condolences to Boyd's family and close friends- from Everyone @ Alpine Professional Answering Service.

From: Doug and Teresa Mater
Searcy, AR

We are so sorry to hear of Boyd's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Doug worked with him for several years at Beckman in Gaylord. Have many good memories of times spent with him. He will be missed.

From: Shannon Authier
Wallaceburg , Ontario

My deepest condolences to the family and also to my cherished friend Carey and Chase. I did not get the chance to know Boyd but my friend Carey loved him dearly. I am so very sorry for your loss and I pray for peace for everyone who loved him.

From: Lisa & Bobby McCririe
Elk Rapids, MI

We are so thankful that Boyd is now pain free and resting with God and the angels. Although, we are sorry that he will no longer sit at our table for "Dinner Club", paddle smooth and rough waters, and always his generous hand in the time of need. And we will certainly miss his sense of humor and wonderful smile. But, he has left very fond memories that will be with us always. Our prayers are with Carey, his girlfriend, caretaker, friend, and confidante. May God give her strength to endure. Rest in peace dear Boyd.

From: Rusty & Vickie Kaylor
Dahlonega, Georgia

Rest in God's peace my friend.

From: Carey Carlson
Elk Rapids, Mi

My condolences to his friends and family in the Gaylord area, I am confident Boyd found his peace. I would love to meet some of the people Ive heard stories of, yes...those stories! Please join us in Elk Rapids if you are able. My gratitude to our Traverse City and Gaylord Hospice Of Michigan teams ( Deb, you were my anchor in Gaylord when I was so far from him) They helped us in numerous ways, these people bring peace deep knowledge and compassion at the end of life. I am also grateful to the staff at Tendercare, Heather a personal thank you for going above and beyond. Boyd fought a tough battle and amazed Doctors over the course of his illness'. Like he was competing to win, in the end, I believe he did! Peace!