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Larry I. Boast

December 7, 1945 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Larry Boast Obituary

Larry Isaac Boast, 78, of Mabton, Washington suddenly passed away on February 13, 2024, while receiving a breathing treatment and waiting on his best friend, Israel Marquez, to come over for their morning coffee before tending to their daily chores and activities. His loss was unexpected, and his family is profoundly saddened.

Larry was born on December 7, 1945, to Don and Louise Boast in Pasco, Washington. He was the eldest son of twelve children: Sharon, Jerry, Mike, Randy, Dixie, Brenda, Twyla, Zaida, Merrily, Brian, and Gayla. He is survived by his three children Nicole Storaci, Matt Boast, Erika Boruff; eight grandchildren Taylor Storaci, Shayla Jondal, Daylen Storaci, Caleb Boast, Joshua Boast, Grace Boast, Sidalee Boast, Madison Boast, Blake Boruff, Drew Boruff, Camryn Boruff; and great-grandchild Talulah Storaci.

Larry attended Yakima Valley College until he enlisted in the Marines to serve in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1971. During his time in the Marine Corp, he received multiple service awards and commendations including, the Rifle Expert Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Meritorious Mast Achievement, and the National Defense Service Medal. Larry married June Sharlene Thompson in April 1970 and upon his honorable discharge from service, started working with his family in Mabton Washington, Boast Farms and Boast Trucking. After the loss of his brother Jerry Boast in 1984, Larry and his father, Don formed a partnership and continued their farming and trucking operation until Don’s passing in 2006. Larry continued to operate as truck driver and hay broker until 2023.

Larry was most well-known for his work ethic and tenacity, but also his sense of humor and storytelling. As a young man, he earned the nickname “Buck” for his hard work as a hay buck, but also for his passion for deer and elk hunting. He also had a love of horses and especially the Appaloosa breed. Over the last 20 years he raised and bred these horses on his ranch near the Horse Heaven Hills, at one point managing over 47 horses in his care and maintaining his trucking and hay business. It isn’t a coincidence that Larry had an appreciation for this hardy and resilient breed of horse known for its endurance and strength because these are the characteristics that also describe Larry “Buck” Boast.

Larry took great pride in helping other small farmers and ranchers with trucking and farming needs. He developed a strong community of friends and farmers and horse lovers. His personal dealings with people were based on trust and understanding. Larry considered himself a humble servant of God who acted out his faith through small acts of kindness and grace for the people in his life. Though Larry may no longer walk among us, his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us.

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time and asks folks to contribute by sharing memories of Buck on our memorial website at www.funeralhomesmith.com The Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Washington will hold a viewing from 10am to noon on February 21, 2023, followed by a graveside service at 2pm at the Cemetery in Mabton, Washington. Smith Funeral home is in care of arrangements. 

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Services

Viewing and Visitation
Wednesday
February 21, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Graveside Service
Wednesday
February 21, 2024

2:00 PM
Mabton Cemetery
950 Vance Road
Mabton, WA 98935

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