|Year Born: 1948
Year Died: 2016
John Booth, 67, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at home from complications of pancreatic cancer. John was born October 30, 1948 in San Jose, California to Gordon and Vera (Cook) Booth. He joined siblings Melvin, Norma (Sis) and Ellen. He attended school in Los Gatos, CA and graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1967. The family enjoyed fishing in the San Francisco bay. The highlight of every summer was a visit to John’s grandparents’ farm in Oklahoma, where he enjoyed riding on the oil pumps. John had two daughters, Connie and Mary.
John enlisted in the United States Air Force. He successfully completed the Missile Facilities Specialist-Technician and Missile Maintenance courses and was stationed at Bomarc 22nd Air Defense Missile Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia. John served from 1967 to 1971 and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
John became a glazier after the military and in 1972 opened his own business called Glass-in Glass in Milpitas, CA. In 1983, the family moved to Boise, ID and began Vista Vacuum. The business grew into Vista Vacuum and Framing, then Finishing Touch Frame Shop.
John excelled in many hobbies. He attained his pilot’s license. He built and flew model gliders and airplanes. He bought and sold cars and motorcycles (always regretting the “sold” part!) He was a trapshooter and hunter. He was always fishing. John was partial to Brittany Spaniels.
John became an avid participant and advocate of the Boise Gun Club. He was instrumental in landing grants for improvements to the club. He served in many positions in the administration over the years. John traveled the Northwest attending PITA shoots. He could be spotted a mile away in his big Ford pickup and camper sporting the MISNOUT plates! He had good friends where ever he went.
John also enjoyed scuba diving. A very happy moment was the occasion of his 200th dive in October, 2015. Part of the joy of scuba was being in tropical locations, such as Kona on the Big Island and Maui, HI. He and his companion, Debora Robinson traveled to Cozumel, Mexico to dive. John enjoyed underwater photography as well.
John is dearly missed by his sister, Ellen (Bill) Pedersen; daughters, Connie (Brennan) Duclos, Mary Booth; his companion, Debora Robinson and his canine buddy, Rustee; as well as his 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His parents and siblings Melvin and Sis preceded him in death.The family would like to thank St. Luke’s Hospice for the extraordinary care they provided.