In Memory

Richard Carlos "Rick" Booth II - Class Of 1970

Richard Carlos Rick Booth II


Richard Carlos Booth II, 49, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at his home in Genesee, Idaho from cancer.

Rick, or RB as his many friends knew him, was born in 1952 in Lynnwood, California, to Jean and Richard Booth, who now reside in Ojai, California. He grew up with his sisters, Deborah Goetze (SPHS '68) of Coeur d'Alene, Jacalyn Booth (SPHS '73) of Ojai, CA and Teri Sittner (SPHS '71) of Carlsbad, CA, and his brother, Gary Booth (SPHS '74) of Santa Cruz, CA. He was known as "Ricky Ticky Time Bomb" by his siblings and childhood friends.

Rick was an outstanding athlete. At South Pasadena High School he led his team to an undefeated season and a state championship. In his senior year, Rick earned the prestigious AAA CIF Player of the Year award. He played for Menlo College and Pac 10 football for Cal Berkeley. In 1999, he was selected by a southern California newspaper for the All-Century Team for being an outstanding linebacker.

Rick met Meg Dampier while they were both playing club rugby in southern California. They were married in San Marino and fell in love with Idaho on their honeymoon trip. They moved to the Harpster/Grangeville area in 1981 and began their family. They have two children, Elise, 18, a student at Linfield College and Warren, 14, a student at Genesee Junior High School.

Rick was partners with Rick Fryer (SPHS '70), his lifelong friend, in a small construction company in Idaho County until 1985, when the family returned to southern California. In California, Rick made a successful career as superintendent in commercial constructions on major buildings. In 1994, the family returned to the serenity of Idaho and settled in Genesee. Continuing his career, Rick supervised the construction projects for Contractors Northwest Inc.

He was an avid athlete and outdoorsman. A lover of whitewater sports and big waves, he kayaked rivers in California and Idaho and rafted the Grand Canyon. In all the activities Rick enjoyed, he shared his passions with others. From backyard football games to weeklong raft trips with seven other families, his love was contagious and enriched the lives of his family and friends. Some of his other favorite pastimes were gathering annually with his longtime friends, reading and trying to catch fish.

While in California and Genesee, he spent many wonderful seasons coaching, watching and guiding Elise and Warren in football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball and softball. His advice "Keep your eye on the ball" was meant as a way to live. For the past two years, he served as the tackling dummy/coach for the Genesee Junior High football team. Encouraging positive thinking and modeling sportsmanship and dedication, Rick was an inspiration to everyone.

Rick shall be forever loved and missed by the many people whose lives he has touched.

Lewiston Morning Tribune, February 20, 2002


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09/04/10 06:53 AM #1    

David Mallgrave (1970)

Ricky, you were and are one of my heroes.  There isn't a month that goes by that I don't think of our great youthful years.  Would and will go back to back with you in any situation.

David Mallgrave

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