John T. "Jack" Boothe May 8, 1924-June 16, 2012

John T. “Jack” Boothe, long time Glendale resident, passed away peacefully on June 16 at the Glen Park Retirement Home. He is survived by his son Neil Boothe (Janet) of Granada Hills and brother Clyde Boothe (Frances) of Palos Verdes. He was preceded in death by wife Vera Boothe, son Thomas Boothe, brother Bruce Boothe, and sisters Dolores MacKenzie and Betty Leville.
Jack Boothe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 8, 1924. His family settled in Glendale during the 1930’s. He attended Glendale High School , class of 1942, and dropped out to join the U.S. Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. He served on the USS Boise, which was involved in several important naval engagements in the Pacific and Mediterranean during World War II. In 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Vera Billings. They had two sons, Neil and Thomas.
After the war, the family settled in La Crescenta in 1948, and he was soon called again to serve in the Korean War. Jack was employed with the City of Glendale at the Glendale Steam Plant, until his retirement in 1984. He was a long time member of the VFW, Montrose Post, and enjoyed many reunions of his old WW II ship the USS Boise. A highlight of his later life was to attend the christening of a new nuclear submarine, the USS Boise, named after the WW II ship. He was one of a handful of former sailors invited by the Navy to sail on the ceremonial inaugural cruise of the new submarine.
Jack will be greatly missed by his friends and family. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on June 23 at Forest Lawn Glendale, Little Church of the Flowers. Remembrances may be made to one’s favorite charity.

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