"Doug traveled with us to a lot of games," said his father Dan. "There wasn't any conflict with Foothill football. He's made all the big bowl games with us."
Those days of family trips to football games, came to an end for Boyett following his death this past weekend at age 52.
Boyett, the head football coach at Foothill College, died in his sleep on Friday night. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Boyett, a former Foothill College student, became a full-time faculty member in 1990 and head coach of the football team in 2007.
"He cared deeply for his students and took great pride in their academic accomplishments, which were numerous under his guidance," said Foothill president Judy C. Miner in a release to the faculty on Saturday. "He will be greatly missed by his Foothill family."
Boyett took over the Owls' football program after 20-plus years as the defensive coordinator. In his five years as head coach, the Owls went 41-13 and won four bowl games and finished ranked fourth in the nation in 2007 — the team's highest national ranking ever.
Success on the field also transferred into the classroom with some 90 percent of Boyett's student-athletes transferring to four-year universities.
Boyett attended Foothill and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at Chico State. He also held a master's degree in physical education from St. Mary's College in Moraga.
He was a 1977 graduate of Palo Alto High. He is survived by his wife, Lisa.