Although details are still emerging, David Y. Boyce of Millwood passed away unexpectedly of a suspected heart attack. Boyce was 57 years old.
“David came to Long Branch as executive director in the Fall of 2010,” said David Goff, chairman of Long Branch’s board of directors. “He certainly is going to be missed.”
Boyce lived in Clarke County all of his life and was known by the nickname “Millwood” to his many friends throughout the county. Prior to joining Long Branch, Boyce spent 14 years as executive director at Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property in Loudoun County just south of Leesburg.
Goff said that when the Long Branch executive director position became available Boyce was the perfect person for the job.
“David was the right person for Long Branch because of his close ties to Clarke County,” Goff said on Monday. “Long Branch is here to serve the people of Clarke County and David knew a lot about Clarke County. So it was a good match.”
Each year Long Branch hosts the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, a Wine & Music Festival and other events. Boyce was actively working to expand program offering at the time of his death.
“This is a terrible shock to all of us and a great loss,” Goff said.