Eastern Wake: Opinion

Editorial: Allen Boyette: definition of service

It’s hard to serve more than one master. Serving three seems virtually impossible.

Yet that’s what Zebulon’s 2015 Citizen of the Year, Allen Boyette, has done.

As a member of the Zebulon community, he has worked tirelessly to improve the town’s youth athletics offerings. He has been a leader and a volunteer in his church.

Through his work at N.C. State University he has made the educational experience for students from all across North Carolina and beyond a better one.

And he has served both his state and country as a member of the North Carolina National Guard, rising through the ranks to become a leader of men as a colonel in that organization.

It’s a rare trifecta.

None of that – none of it – touches on his role as a husband and father, two jobs he takes as seriously as he does his professional and volunteer work.

Boyette wears all these hats with a broad smile brimming out from underneath. It’s a smile that seems to come naturally, almost impishly, like he’s always looking for the next adventure he can take part in with you.

Oftentimes a local citizen of the year has served their community faithfully for a long time and that truly makes them deserving of the recognition. Boyette has done that and then some.

Aside from his state and national service, Boyette has been a stalwart supporter of youth in the community, from coaching rec league ball teams and starting a middle school baseball team to working with boys at his church. He has become an influential figure in the lives of a generation of Zebulon boys.

His experience is a remarkable testament to the ideals of service and the altruistic nature found in good people.

That he has done these things while largely flying under the radar of public notice is still more evidence that his service is intended to help others and not to serve some larger, self-serving purpose.

Boyette was an excellent choice to carry the mantle of Citizen of the Year. He sets and example all of us should try to emulate, difficult as it may be.

But then, that’s what makes him so worthy of this singular honor.