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January 29, 1925 - June 19, 2013
Herbert R. Booth passed away peacefully at his home of 44 years in Los Gatos, California, on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 after a short illness of lung fibrosis. With his passing, another World War II veteran has headed home. Family and friends will deeply miss Herb, though we take great comfort in the knowledge that he is now in supreme joy in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Herb was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Marie and Raymond Booth, where he grew up with two sisters, Dorothy and Lois, and his Aunt Leila, living there until he joined the Army Air Forces in 1943 at the age of 18 to serve his country during World War II. During the war, he flew in 27 bomber missions, mostly in southern Italy and in other parts of Europe, serving as an assistant engineer in B-17's, which were known as "flying fortresses." Upon returning home in 1945, he attended both Pocatello State University, and the University of Idaho at Moscow, majoring in civil engineering, and pledging as a Sigma Nu. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950, in the same class year as his future wife. In 1951, Herb married this lovely classmate, Patricia Ann West, a fellow Alpha Chi member and the daughter of his former math professor. Pat was also from Pocatello, daughter of Thomas and Ida West. Over the succeeding years, Herb became a dedicated and protec¬tive husband and father to four children, first three daughters, and then one son, born between the years of 1954 and 1968. Herb and Pat remained indelibly committed to one another for their 61½ years of marriage, providing the best type of role model possible for their children and grandchildren. After Pat's death last December, Herb remained vital and healthy, even in the wake of deep grief, only recently becoming ill.
The Booth family moved to California in 1962, living first in Southern California, and then in Sacramento, and San Jose, before finding beautiful Los Gatos in 1969 in which to settle for the long-term. Herb's occupation as a nuclear engineer took him to sev¬eral different companies during the years of his career, including American Cyanamid, Phillips Petroleum Co., Westinghouse, Aerojet-General, General Electric, Quadrex Corp., and Cygna. He enjoyed working in a scientific field which demanded engineering excel¬lence and to which he could contribute his sharp mind.
Herb was first and foremost a strong family man and a man of faith, always enjoying family time and activities, and was a man who taught his children to follow important core values that he had learned. He was truly one of the "Greatest Generation" who grew up during the depression, and who not only served his country willingly during war, but also helped financially to support his immediate family from a young age, and his wife and children at all times. Over the years, Herb enjoyed playing golf, along with playing the banjo, and watching sports of all kinds, and contributed a great deal of volunteer time working alongside Pat at church. Herb and Pat were members of Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos since 1969, and so many of the long-time friends they made at church and in the Mates group there meant so much to them. As their children grew and married, and Herb and Pat were blessed with ten grandchildren, they tremendously enjoyed their relationships with those grandchildren. Herb and Pat were also greatly blessed by their many trips that they took with their church friends to various parts of Europe after the kids had grown up.
Herb was preceded in death in 2011 by his second daughter, Karen Booth Salazar, and by his loving wife Pat, in December, 2012, and is survived by his daughter Katherine (wife of Jolly Dauz), son-in-law John Salazar, daughter Kristine (wife of Richard Ludwinski), son Paul Booth (husband of Stacey Booth), grandchildren Christopher and April Dauz; Marina, Andrew and Nathan Salazar; Grace, Joseph, Benjamin and Simon Ludwinski; and Nicole Booth, great grandchild Brody, as well as sister Dorothy Banyard, and niece Becky Smith (wife of Duane Smith).
In lieu of flowers, please bless the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos in the memory of Herb. A celebration of Herb's life was held on Monday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Road, followed by a reception in the church social hall.
Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills
615 North Santa Cruz Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95030
Published in Idaho State Journal on July 4, 2013