David Reginald Booker
Reis Family Mortuary and Crematory
991 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
David Reginald (Reggie) Booker, age 75, passed away on February 10, 2021. Dave was born in Ventura, California to George and Beverley Wolfe Booker. He attended elementary schools in Gonzales, Morro Bay and Atascadero. He graduated from Atascadero High School in 1963 where he made lifelong friendships. He played varsity sports and was a letterman in High School. When he no longer played sports, he cheered from the sidelines. He particularly loved cheering on the teams at his grandkid's and Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School sporting events, you couldn't miss him at a game.

In 1967, while attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, he married Linda Willey. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting (cum laude). He then moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked as an accountant until he obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Dave and Linda moved back to San Luis Obispo in 1971 and he joined the accounting firm Glenn and Burdette, which he soon became managing partner of. When Dave and Linda started their family, they moved back to Atascadero. He was very active in the Atascadero community and was member of (1975-1979) and Chairman of (1979) the Atascadero Unified School District Board of Education. In 1981, Dave, Linda, and their three children moved back to San Luis Obispo where they built their first home and added another child to the family. This marriage ended in 1997. In 2000, he married Jennifer Blomfield and lovingly helped raise her three daughters for 17 years. He was a proud father and worked hard to provide for his family.

Dave was a founding director and served on the Board of Directors for First Bank of San Luis Obispo throughout the bank's 25-year history. In 1988, he sold his interest in the accounting firm Glenn, Burdette, Phillips, and Booker and became a full-time Banker. Dave held many different banking positions, including Chief Executive Officer of First Bank and Senior Vice President when the bank merger with Pacific Capital Bank was complete in 2005. Following his retirement, he decided he wasn't quite ready to retire and organized a new Board of Directors to form American Principle Bank in San Luis Obispo.

His life is filled with notable merit and civic leadership. He even ran for Mayor of San Luis Obispo in 2004. Over the years, Dave contributed to the community through Kiwanis De Tolosa, the CPA Society, and Rotary Club. He also served on many community boards including the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Orfalea School of Business at Cal Poly, and Cuesta College Foundation.

After retiring from banking, he enjoyed time with his family and friends, biking, attending sporting events, and spreading his laughter and love of people wherever he went. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and vacationing in Hawaii.

It is hard to capture the impact he had on his family, friends, and the community. He knew no strangers and always had a smile, joke and a laugh to share with those around him. He filled up a room with his laughter and wherever he went it seemed like everyone knew Dave Booker. He had a passion for business and was always willing to mentor and help those starting out in business. He will truly be missed by so many people.

Dave is survived by many that loved him: his former wife, Linda Booker and their children Beau (Danielle) Booker, Amber Sellinger, Benjamin (Cathrina) Booker; grandchildren Lila and Levi Sellinger, and Alexa and Abigail Booker; brothers Eric (Rayleen) Booker and Kurt Booker; his second wife, Jennifer Blomfield and step-daughters, Bailey, Bridget, and Nellie Salisbury; step-grandson Dylan Metcalf; and his life partner for the past 4 years, Marilyn Hotz. He is predeceased by his son, Tyler Booker and parents, George and Beverley Booker.

When it is safe to do so, a gathering will be held to honor and celebrate his remarkable life. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to a charity of your choice.
Published by New Times San Luis Opisbo from Mar. 11 to Mar. 17, 2021.
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Just a short note to thank “Booker” for being part of my life for many years. Working at first bank were some of my best memories in my entire life of working. He shared his love, consideration, compassion, and most of all, his Respect for all of us that worked for him! My God, This man loved to laugh, joke, and made coming to work so fun!! He was the first one there when any of us or our families were sick, or needed help in anyway. Not only did we lose a Great man, Joe and I lost a very dear friend. You truly will be missed. Thanks for all the memories, Booker, forever in our Hearts . Sherry n Joe
Sherry Zavala
March 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss! “Book” had so many friends I’m in such shock! To me he will always be remembered for his love and support of Mission College Prep. Being an Assistant Coach for the basketball program I used to always look for “Book” in the stands. He always had some great sayings. My wife would sit with him at games and she always had such a good time. He will be dear to our hearts. Thanks for your charm and support.
You brought a lot of joy. You will be missed! Coach John “Doc Jensen
John Jensen - February 23 at 09:45 PM
John Jensen
March 10, 2021
When I heard this news it was with a sense of disbelief. How could someone “larger than life” be gone? I worked with Dave at First Bank for 16 years, but had known him for years. When his office was upstairs his bellowing laugh could be heard throughout the lobby downstairs. “There’s Booker!”we would say. My best to Amber, Ben, and Chris. I’m sure you have a lot of stories to make you smile on this sad occasion.
Sandy Ray
March 3, 2021
From Reggie my HS classmate to my accountant, then my banker as I was his banker, & friend exchanging texts as long as he was able. I won't forget!
Rudy Madrid
March 2, 2021
Dave was an amazing man! He truly lit up any room he was in! Sitting with home at sporting events was always “entertaining”! He was such a positive spirit, he left us Way to soon!
Brad Hair
March 2, 2021
Dave Booker: a beautiful man, always pleasant with such a terrific smile followed by a heart-felt laugh. Mr. Booker was so much apart of the Housing Authority while I was employed there under the direction of another great man, namely George Moylan. Mr. Booker WAS a community and Housing Authority cheerleader: smart, dedicated, out-going. I already miss him.
Anita Shower
March 2, 2021
Booker was an amazing friend to many of us. He will be missed so VERY much by my entire family. ❤
Holly Mislavsky
March 2, 2021
I always enjoyed running into you around town and sharing some laughs. You will be greatly missed.

Sandy Johnson
Sandy Johnson
March 2, 2021
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