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Longtime Boyd ISD trustee dies

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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REMEMBERING CONTRIBUTIONS – The Boyd Yellowjackets presented Ernest Partin with a game ball last November, shortly after he resigned as school board president to concentrate on his fight with cancer. Partin died Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ernest Partin spent 13 years on the Boyd ISD school board, including many as the board president.

But to Bill Childress, who replaced Partin as the leader of the board last November, it’s his giving spirit that will be long remembered.

“One of the best things about Ernest was how giving he was to everyone. He went above and beyond to help everyone. If he knew you were in a tough spot, he was the first to jump in and help,” Childress said. “What a loss for the community.”

Partin, 47, died Monday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. Services were still pending Monday afternoon at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Partin, a 1989 graduate of Boyd High School, owned a drywall business from which he helped the school district and other charities, including A Wish With Wings.

“He gave more than anyone needed to,” said Boyd ISD Vice President Jason Hammond, who graduated with Partin and credited him with helping him get into the construction business. “He liked to give back. He grew up with not a lot and always wanted to help. He was great man with a huge heart. No matter who you were, he was going to help.”

Partin was the first Wise County trustee to complete the Texas Association of School Board’s master trustee training in 2016. Last November, he resigned from the board to concentrate on his fight against cancer.

He said at that meeting: “It’s been an honor serving this district for 13 years,” Partin said. “I can’t tell you how saddened I am by this.”

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said Partin was on the board his entire time at the district and considered him a friend.

“There’s not any bigger supporter of Boyd ISD than Ernest Partin,” West said. “He loved the school district and community. This is a loss that is going to be felt for a long time. He had a larger than life personality and was a larger than life figure in the community.

“His fingerprints are on this district everywhere you look.”

The football team presented Partin with a game ball last year before their rivalry game with Paradise. The team had dedicated this football season to him.

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