Maurice Louis Boudreau

Maurice Louis Boudreau, 91, (Maury) died in Bradenton, Fla. on July 2, 2011. He was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Fessenden, N.D. to Willis Jerome and Fern Anderson Boudreau.  

Maury pursued many interests in his 91 years—engineering, farming, boat building, DFL politics and painting. In Minnesota, he worked as a mechanical engineer designing gun mounts during WWII, early computers, air borne equipment, packaging, and supersonic wind tunnels until being transferred to Sarasota, Fla. in 1964. He retired at age 45 to finish a 38” ketch started in Minnesota. “Rigadoon” (a lively dance for two) made it across Florida and to the Bahamas but was sold when Lucille became ill. The new owners took it around the world. After that Maury often commuted from Isanti, to Florida or Mexico.

Maury owned a farm for 45 years from 1952 to 1997, though locals still called it the Lillion place on Hwy. 65 South of Isanti, Minn. where he planted pines, put in windbreaks, and let the pasture return to oak; a plan which received a conservation award. He fed lambs, chickens, and raised a variety of crops, including 2 acres of U-Pick strawberries, He grew, canned and froze most of the food eaten there. He met Minneapolis artist Alice Benjamin in Mexico. After that artists from the Twin Cities and nearby counties came to paint, especially enjoying it when renter Mike Lockwood had planted 90 acres of sunflowers. Granddaughter Jinna continued the family artistic interests by earning a degree in Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. Grandson Evrett did his practical thesis work on Sustainable Agriculture on the farm and owns the Common Good Farm near Lincoln, Neb. with his wife Ruth Chantry. They sell shares of their crops to subscribers and Evrett certifies organic farms in five states.

He is survived by wife Alice, brother Thomas (Ilene) of New Brighton, Minn., sister Yvonne (George) Holm of Conifer, Colo., daughter Nanette (Frank) Lunquist of Brooklyn Park, grand daughter Jinna (Tony) Dinh of Woodbury, Minn., their children, Brandon and Alyssa  and grandson Evrett (Ruth Chantry) of Raymond, Neb. their children Eli, Mischa, Nettie Jane, and sister-in-law Marjorie (Duane) Peterson of Burnsville, Minn. His parents, brother Wilbur, and second wife Lucille (Bader) preceded him in death. Maxine Miller Boudreau Eckhard was his first wife and mother of Nanette.

Maury had a passion for life, friends, animals, and nature, treating everything with respect and equality. A memorial art exhibit and service was held Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota.