Doris Helen Thurston Boyd
Doris Helen Thurston Boyd, a native Lagunan, died Aug. 20,
surrounded by family. She was 89.
Mrs. Thurston Boyd was the youngest of two daughters of Laguna
pioneers Joseph Smith Thurston and Marie Harding Thurston. Joe
Thurston came to his father’s homestead in Aliso Canyon in 1871 and
was noted as being one of the founding fathers of Laguna Beach. Marie
Thurston was one of the first school teachers in Laguna Beach,
teaching in a one-room school house and was later honored with having
the junior high school named after her.
In her early years, Mrs. Thurston Boyd was a participant in the
opening celebration of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, which was
attended by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. She performed in the
early Festival of Arts, which had its beginnings with the help of her
mother. Mrs. Thurston Boyd graduated in the first graduating class of
Laguna Beach High School, and at the age of 19, she became an
entrepreneur, opening a successful children’s clothing store in
Laguna Beach. On June 12, 1938, she married Laguna restaurateur
Robert “Bob” Keene Boyd and together they raised five children. Bob
Boyd died in 1982.
Living close to the high school, Mrs. Thurston Boyd was also a
surrogate mother for many of her children’s friends. She often
provided them with lunch and good advice. Warmth and kindness were
the qualities that made her beloved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia Santmyer; five children,
Hap, Bo, Kelly, Cindy and Randy; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great
There will be a family service at sea followed by a celebration of
her life at 4 p.m. today at her son Bo’s home.
Thomas L. Homan
Thomas L. Homan died Aug. 17 of natural causes. He was 51.
Mr. Homan was a resident of Indian Head Park. He was a 20-year
resident of Laguna Beach and lived 17 years in Irvine.
Mr. Homan was the owner of I.G.P. Industrial for 20 years.
He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret; and brothers
Daniel and James.
He is survived by his father, Robert L. Homan Sr.; sisters
Patricia Marschall and Mary Stec; brothers Robert L. Homan Jr. and