Judy and Dennis Boyter
Judy says-- My family moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to West Texas when I was 5 years old. I started school in Midland and then moved to Odessa when I was in the 5th grade. My dad was a geologist for Gulf Oil Company. After elementary school, I attended Bonham Junior High and then Permian High School. I was always involved in music-piano, voice and choir. While in high school I loved singing in the folk singing group, the W. D. Singers. The group moved to Los Angeles and then to Montana. Not sure why, but my parents wouldn’t let me quit high school to go with them. During my sophomore year I was home for a month with complications from mononucleosis. My geometry teacher, Mr. Bledsoe, drove to my house three days a week to keep me caught up in his class. I ended up making an A! Loved him!
After high school I attended Texas Tech University on a music scholarship. I married shortly after graduation in 1971. My husband began pilot training in the air force, so we moved to Valdosta, Georgia; Altus, Oklahoma; and finally to San Bernardino and Redlands, California where we lived for six years. We had two children while in California, Weston and Kristy. They and their children are my greatest pride and joy!
While in California, I enjoyed singing musical theatre roles and was also chorus director with the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera. Some of the shows included My Fair Lady, No, No Nanette, and Promises, Promises. At the Redland’s Bowl summer musical production I was chosen to sing the role of Maria in Sound of Music. What fun memories I have of those days raising two little ones, and singing in musical productions, meeting many lifelong friends. After a decision to leave the air force my husband took a job with Texas International Airlines and we moved again. After the move to Houston, our relationship changed and unfortunately, we divorced in 1982.
I began teaching junior high and high school choir in Klein ISD in NW Houston in 1982. I taught a total of 25 years. I met my present husband, Dennis Boyter, during those years. He was also a high school choral director in the Klein school district. We taught thousands of students while in the Klein District. We have taken students on many memorable choir tours to Europe. We also were honored to take choirs to perform at the Texas Music Educator’s Convention and to the American Choral Director’s Association Convention. Our friendship grew and we decided to get married in 1998. Our high school choir sang from the balcony of the church! I moved to the Cypress Fairbanks ISD to teach choir at Cy-Fair High School. I retired in 2005 and began a private studio of about 30 piano and voice students. I am still doing this today, teaching weekdays from 3:00-7:00pm.
My daughter, Kristy Hurt, has three children: Tilly and Theo (born the night of our Permian HS Class of ’67 - 40th Reunion in 2007!), and Rufus, born in 2011. My son, Weston Hurt, has one daughter: Milly, also born in 2011.
Tanya, John , Maya, and Levi
Dennis has one daughter: Tanya Goode. She and her husband, John, have two children: Maya, born in 2006, and Levi, born in 2013.
We have always had cocker spaniels as long as I can remember. We have two now: Freckles and Twinkles.