James Michael Boyle, 94, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland, died Jan. 16.

Mr. Boyle was born in Fresno, California, May 19, 1925, to John Martin Boyle and Francine Binn Boyle. He grew up in Monterey, California, with his siblings John and Francine. Following high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was training to be a pilot when World War II ended. He then enrolled at Santa Clara University where he graduated with a degree in history.

In Monterey he met Sylvia Theresa DesMarais. They married in 1948, and were happily married for 59 years. Upon his graduating from Santa Clara, they moved to Palo Alto, Calilfornia, where Mr. Boyle attended Stanford University, earning a master’s degree in history. Their children, Mary Elizabeth and James Jr., were born in California. Mr. Boyle then joined the Air Force, and was assigned to RAF Burtonwood, England, for three years.

Upon returning to the United States, their third child, Martha, was born at Fort Ord Army Base in California. Jim then flew the F89 in Oxnard, California. Two years later he was assigned to McClellan Air Force Base, also in California, and flew the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation. Following this assignment, Mr. Boyle taught military history for six years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While serving at the Academy, he took a two-year hiatus to complete his doctorate in history at St. Louis University, Missouri. After those years in Colorado, he flew the Convair C-131 Samaritan military transport in Vietnam for one year, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After completing his service in Vietnam, he was commander of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Portland from 1969-1973. When he retired from the Air Force, he became associate dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1973-1981. He then taught part time in the history department until 1988.

In his retirement years, he and Mrs. Boyle read, played golf, socialized and traveled. He served in his parish, St. Pius X, especially enjoying volunteering with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to deliver food to people’s homes. Mrs. Boyle died in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his son Jimmy, and son-in-law Sam Quiring.

His family says Mr. Boyle lived life well. He loved his family, his faith and was a good natured Irishman who loved to laugh. He appreciated a humorous joke and made others laugh.

He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Jankowski (Dave) of Traverse City, Michigan, and Martha Quiring of Beaverton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. His memorial service is for family only, per his request.

Contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Pius X Parish or the University of Portland.