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David Howard Booth

August 31, 1947 August 13, 2018
David Howard Booth
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Obituary for David Howard Booth

David Howard Booth, 70, of St. Charles, IL, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, on Monday, August 13, 2018, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. He was born on August 31, 1947 in Memphis TN to Sarah Inez (McCulley) Meek. Howard Curtis and Pauline Clova (Burt) Booth adopted David when he was 8 days old.

David graduated from Evergreen Park High School (1965), Knox College (BA 1969), Roosevelt University (MA 1971) and completed advanced coursework in Educational Administration at Loyola University. David treasured the life long friendship of EPHS classmates and loved his Beta Theta Pi Brothers from Knox.

He dedicated his professional life to education. David served Antioch District #34 as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, Project Director: “Environmental Education: Values for the Future” (1969-81); Huntley District #158 Elementary and High School Principal (1981-87), and Batavia District #101 High School Principal (1987-2003). He taught and supervised Student Teachers at Elmhurst College and taught graduate classes in the Principal Preparation Program at Aurora University.

Devoted husband, father and grandfather; David put family first. He loved dogs and always had a golden retriever and/or lab by his side. His passion for nature was shared with family and dogs by going deep into the woods to camp, hike, swim and stargaze. He was a campfire philosopher. It was there he engaged in laughter, great conversation, taught life lessons, shared his love for rock and roll, Memphis and Chicago blues. He created a nature trail at home to take hikes with his grandchildren or, to their delight, flew through the woods riding in his red golf cart. David was a teacher, avid reader of history, sports fan, patron of the arts, and whether in the US or abroad an informed traveler. Every family vacation was a well planned fieldtrip.

David joyfully reunited with his birthmother in 2000. His mother opened her heart to David and instantly changed his life forever. He built life long relationships with his half siblings Charles Ronald Meek, Melinda Anne (Meek) Reed and Paul Allen Meek. In 2006, David was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. Melinda (Meek) Reed lovingly donated her kidney. Melinda’s gift significantly extended David’s life. The love we share with our Memphis family continues to deeply enrich our lives.

David is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Lee (Gruben) Booth; daughters Sarah Ann (Booth) Zimmermann, Bryan; and Jennifer Leah Booth; his grandchildren, Liliana Jane and Michael David Zimmermann; his mother, Sarah (McCulley) Meek; sisters, Melinda (Meek) Reed and Joy (Rogers) Vombrack, and several cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents Pauline (Burt) and Howard Curtis Booth; Leah (Bowman) Booth; Grandfather, Curtis William Booth; two brothers Charles Ronald and Paul Allen Meek.

Family members will attend funeral services immediately followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery Park in Joliet, IL. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Reception on September 8 from 4:00-6:00pm at David’s home. Please bring a written memory of David to share with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 Research Foundation. illinois@jdrf.org

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The family of David Howard Booth wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the medical professionals at the University of Chicago Hospital Transplant Center, Northwestern Medicine: Delnor and Central DuPage Hospitals, Marian Joy Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton, the Rehabilitation Center at Greenfields of Geneva and the Tri-City Dialysis Center in Geneva.

“Life is Short Play in the Woods” American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI


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