We adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of one of the founding fathers of the City of Santa Clarita.
Carl Boyer is a former teacher, author, local historian, councilmember and mayor of Santa Clarita.
His work to improve the lives of others in our community will be remembered for years to come.
Carl Boyer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1937.
He attended multiple universities including Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he earned his B.A. degree in History in 1959, and the University of Cincinnati where he received his Masters in Secondary Education in 1962.
Boyer taught History and Government in several different states, including Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and locally in San Fernando, California.
In the 1960s, Boyer moved to Santa Clarita with his wife Chris to raise their family, and he became involved in the community in many ways.
He founded the Newhall-Saugus-Valencia Federation of Homeowner Associations in 1969, where he held the roles of Secretary and President.
He also brought the Santa Clarita Valley International Program to fruition, which was a program that allowed Soviet students to come and study in the United States.
In 1969, he was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the first North Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, where he served until 1987.
During his time on the planning council, he actively sought to bring local government to Santa Clarita.
He became a leader with a plan and a vision for what Santa Clarita would become.
He knew our region had the ability to accomplish so much, and in order to achieve these things for our residents, we would need to take action to become our own City.
Boyer helped to create the City Incorporation Committee, and when Santa Clarita did become a City in 1987, he was elected as one of the first City Council members for the City of Santa Clarita.
He served diligently on the City Council until 1998.
Boyer completed two terms as the mayor of Santa Clarita, in 1991 and 1996.
Carl Boyer continued his work to connect the Santa Clarita community to the rest of the world.
He formed the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program and led our community in various local and international collaborative projects with countries such as Ecuador, the Philippines, Japan, India and Nicaragua.
His endeavors focused on the promotion of international goodwill and cultural understanding.
He was also an author and published Santa Clarita, the Formation and Organization of the Largest Newly Incorporated City in the History of Humankind, where he described the story of the City’s incorporation and the first ten years of cityhood.
His enthusiasm and determined spirit are noted by many.
His accomplishments and the instrumental role he played in laying the foundation for the Santa Clarita we know today will be forever remembered.
Carl Boyer passed away on May 29th at the age of 81.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters, Michele, Denise and Danielle.
We will always owe a debt of gratitude to Carl for his work and dedication to Santa Clarita and the vision he created for our community.
He will be missed.