Donald Roy Booher, 77, died on May 26, 2017. He was born in 1939 and grew up in San Carlos, CA. He went to San Jose State University, pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and met the woman who would become his wife, Jean. Their first date was watching a bowling alley burn down. Surprisingly there was a second date.
After college, Don began his 22 year career in the Air Force as an Electronics Warfare Officer on B-52s. He was involved in the early Air Force drone program and also the cruise missile program. Assignments included the 26th Bomb Squadron in OK; U-Tapao RTAFB Thailand; SOS (Squadron Officer School) Section Commander in AL; TAC HQ at Langley AFB VA; and J-5 HQ USEUCOM in Germany.
After leaving the Air Force, the family moved to Poway, CA, and Don worked for General Dynamics in the Convair and Space Systems Divisions until retiring.
Don, Jean, and children Donna and Darryl enjoyed exploring the world wherever the Air Force moved them (10 bases in 8 states, Germany and Thailand). After he retired, they accrued even more stamps in their passports. Don took pride in having visited almost every US state and all continents except Antarctica (too cold, he said).
In addition to traveling, he enjoyed being with family and friends, playing Gin and Pedro (card games), working on his gardens (vegetable and neighborhood award winning yards), fishing for trout at Lake Poway, rooting on his SF 49ers (in good years and bad), coaching youth soccer, taste testing IPA beers, reading religious texts to try to understand what he needed to do to become a better person in God’s eyes, and researching genealogies for all branches of his and Jean’s families.
Don had an incredible memory. He was able to remember names of everyone in his second grade class and just about everyone else he befriended up until Alzheimer’s affected him. In spite of the disease’s progression, he remained friendly and upbeat with Jean’s support and care. Alzheimer’s San Diego was a great help to Don and his family.
In March, he learned he had even more going on in his head than Alzheimer’s when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In a way, he was lucky as he had dreaded the final stages of Alzheimer’s where he wouldn’t remember his family, and thanks to the tumor, he knew them until the end. On the Sunday before he died, he enjoyed going out for church and brunch. On Friday morning, he died peacefully at home with his wife and children at his side.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean, and his children Donna of San Francisco and Darryl of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Catherine, and his brother Jerry.
He was interred at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 PM on June 13 at Paradise Village, 2700 East 4th St., National City, CA. For additional information, email CelebrateDonBooher@gmail.com
In his memory, the family requests you say a prayer for him, as throughout his life he prayed for family, friends, neighbors and coworkers who had passed before him or that were sick or hurting.
Burial: June 1, 2017, Miramar National Cemetery
Celebration of Life: June 13, 2017, 1:00 PM, Paradise Village, 2700 East 4th St., National City, CA
Celebration of Life
- Date: June 13, 2017
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Location: Paradise Village
- Address: 2700 E. 4th Street National City California
- Directions: Paradise Village
- Date: June 1, 2017
- Location: Miramar National Cemetery
- Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego California 92122
- Directions: Miramar National Cemetery