In Memory

Sonia Valenzuela (Boyd)

Sonia Valenzuela (Boyd)


Passed away January 23, 2022

With a heavy heart, we are sad to announce that Sonia Valenzuela Boyd-Hurtado, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, returned to her Heavenly Father on January 23, 2022. Sonia was born on January 4, 1952 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Norma Elvir and Alvaro Claris Lara.

Young Sonia had compelling dreams of one day coming to the United States. After her father died, at the age of 13, she finally fulfilled her childhood dream and immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings. They first arrived in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Sonia and her siblings were the only Hispanic kids in town where they became instant celebrities. At age 16, Sonia graduated from High School early and married her high school sweetheart James Randal (Randy) Tucker. While married to Randy, Sonia was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had her first two children, Jamie (James R. Jr.) and Analisa.

Sonia's life journey next led her to Provo, Utah where she enrolled in classes at the Utah Technical College. As a young single mother attending college, she caught the eye of a handsome young man named Ron Boyd. They were married and later sealed in the Provo Temple. Sonia and Ron were married for 13 years and had three children, Jason, Jared and Kimberly.

Sonia accomplished many things throughout her life. While living in Orem, Utah with Ron and her children, she became actively involved in trade brokering. She became an excellent trade broker and was eventually known as the "Queen of Trade" and recognized as the region's premier trade broker. In lieu of paying cash or credit card, Sonia was able to barter for many things, including her house, furniture, food, travel, entertainment and even the delivery of her youngest child.

Sonia's passion for learning led her back to school at the University of Utah, while raising her three (3) youngest children. She graduated with two Bachelor Degrees from the University of Utah and multiple postgraduate certifications.

Soon after graduating college, Sonia met and married her late husband Victor Hurtado where they spent 20 wonderful years together as life partners. Some of her happiest days were having the opportunity to bring their two families together for the holidays and other special events.

In the last years of Sonia's life, she fell in love with a kind and caring gentleman named Ben Torres. Sonia called him her "Angel" and recognized that God knew she needed someone like Ben to love and be loved by.

Sonia was a very lively spirit and had a beautiful soul. She was devoted to her loving family whom she considered her "Greatest Treasure." She enjoyed gardening, entertaining family and friends, extensive travel, and, most of all, shopping and bartering for great deals. She was a truly genuine woman who was unapologetically authentic . She influenced the lives of so many for good and her light will truly be missed by all her friends and family.

In addition to her parents, Sonia was predeceased by her husband Victor Hurtado and stepfather Rene Elvir. She is survived by her brother, George R. Valenzuela and sister, Edna Lidia Valenzuela; her children Jamie Tucker, Analisa Tucker, Jason Boyd, Jared Boyd (Jennifer) and Kimberly Boyd; grandchildren Ryan Boyd and Emilia Boyd and fiancé´ Ben Torres.

There will be a viewing on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Willow Creek Second Ward Chapel located at 2400 East Alta Canyon Drive, Sandy, Utah.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Willow Creek Second Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 2400 East Alta Canyon Drive, Sandy, Utah. Prior to the funeral service a viewing will be held from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.

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Flowers can be sent to Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 4760 South State Street, Murray, UT 84107, Phone: 801-266-0222