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Steven Dale Booth 12/19/1949 - 3/4/2013
Died peacefully in his sleep from a massive heart attack early morning March 4, 2013. Steve was born in Omaha, NE on December 19, 1949 and the oldest of four children to Dale & Julie Booth.
He was a nearly life-long resident of Sioux Falls attending Mark Twain Elementary, Patrick Henry Jr High and graduating from Lincoln High School in 1968. He attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota with double majors in English & Creative Writing along with double minors in Sociology and Psychology.
Steve married Donna Szczurek in August 1971. Together they had one son, Heywood Andrew. They were divorced and he later married Jeanne Ysbrand. This marriage brought a daughter, Rebecca Ann into their lives.
Steve opened People's Trading Company, while a full-time student at USD. He was a Parks & Rec Supervisor each summer during his college years. He later owned & operated I Wish Jewelry (Sioux Falls & Lake Okoboji) in which he was a fine crafted custom silver & goldsmith. While he ran these businesses, he became a licensed and certified commercial Hot Air Balloonist and flew accident-free for over 35 years. He was a member of the Mystical Knights of the Ozone Zephyr. In most recent years, he returned back to his jewelry hobby at The Oaks Creative Farm which included the trades of lapidary, metals fabrication and casting, glass blowing and fusing, drawing and painting, etching, weaving, sewing, leatherwork and woodworking. He also spent time at the Curiel Reynolds School of Visual Arts in Spencer, Iowa and was the Head of the Lapidary and Casting Jewelry Arts. Steve had an online website that showcased many of his works of art, www.allamericanlapidary.com.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dale. Those left to remember him are his mother "The Queen" Julie Booth, brother Greg (Kim) Booth, sisters Julie Jeanne (Donovan) Abraham and Deb (Bill) Minnich. Son Heywood (Andy) Robinson and daughter Rebecca (Jeremiah) Peterson. Three grandchildren Aiden, Tristen and Taylor Peterson and one unborn grandson, child of Heywood.
Along with his immediate family, Steve leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as countless life-long friends, acquaintances and those he was yet to meet. His vibrant spirit and adventuresome soul will be missed by all who knew him.
A private family viewing will take place Friday, March 8 from 4-5 pm with friends welcome from 5-6 pm. A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place at CJ Callaways on Saturday, March 9 from 2-5 pm. All family and friends are welcome.
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 7, 2013