In Memory of



Obituary for Don Boman

Donald Paul Boman was born November 25th, 1934, in Dallas, Oregon to Elmer and Dorothy Boman. Don passed away on January 30th in Salem with his beloved wife Marilyn Boman by his side. Don, or Papa, as we all call him, is survived by many who love him. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Boman of 38 years, his son Eric (Kim) Boman and their three children Katherine (Dillon) DeVaux, Michael Boman, and Andrea Boman; Marilyn’s three daughters Lesa (Tim) Mildrum, Teresa Dinsmore and her daughters Chelsea (Ryan) Evans and their two sons Lane and Easton, daughter Brandi Wachmuth and her three children Lucy, Brooklyn, and Hudson, and her daughter Delinda (Steve) Coburn with their three children Tory Fisher and his daughter Bella, Taran (Austin) Covell with their children Aiden and Avery, and Chad (Summer) Coburn and their son Bohdi, and many other close family friends with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Papa was a brilliant man whose passion was trains, tractors, or anything with an engine. He was always tinkering with something. He was a collector of everything and anything. But his favorite thing was sharing his passions with his grandchildren. He could be seen at his shop showing a grandchild what he was working on or at the Flight Deck eating a patty melt and ALWAYS finishing his plate so clean that you could put it back on the shelf. He loved his time at Antique Powerland getting to show off his creations or giving someone a tour of the Caterpillar Museum. He enjoyed going to Hawaii and visiting good friends Mike and June Gomes on their property, learning about the history on the island, picking up lilikoi fruit and making lilikoi pie with the juice once he got home. Papa was a devout member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church where he spent each Sunday. He will be loved and missed by many.

Papa has a great history in the engineering business. Written himself many years ago, this is his story: In 1962, while I was working for Shipler Logging Mr. Shippler bought a Skagit carriage (sky car). At that time, they had a 4-53 Detroit diesel engine in them which was underpowered for what we were using it for. The crew had a hard time keeping it in the air. It was in the shop a lot for repairs. In 1974 I built two new sky cars with 6V53 Detroit engines and in 1976 I bought two Deutz BF6L913 air cooled engines for two more sky cars. They worked very well because were no radiators. But because of the increased horsepower it caused gear problems. I changed the pitch of the gear from 14 ½ degrees to 20-degree sub tooth. This solved the problem. In 1983 I created Boman Industries and created 130 more sky cars during the company’s lifespan. In 1984, when Salem Iron went out of business, I purchased all of the tractor and three wheel loader parts. This is how I got into the tractor business. In 1995 I was asked to make a tractor radio controlled; it wasn’t called a tractor but a transport mover. I manufactured 20 before I sold the business to Layton Manufacturing in 1997.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem. Interment will be in Restlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Queen of Peace or Antique Powerland – Caterpillar Museum. To leave an online condolence or share a story with the family go to Bollman’s Tribute Center is caring for the family.