OBITUARY

Dr. Jeffrey F. Boothe

April 9, 1954May 17, 2021

Dr. Jeffrey F. Boothe, age 67 of Merced, CA, passed away unexpectedly May 17, 2021.To know Dr. Jeffrey Boothe is to love him. He was the kind of man who walked into a room and added light, joy and personality to it, filling the room with his infectious, recognizable laugh. He was warm and friendly to everyone he met and his personality was magnetic, an attribute that carried him successfully and happily through his 67 years of life. Jeff was a family man, devoted to raising his three sons, Brandon, Kyle, and Chris, and to his wife Sherry, who was his best friend and the love of his life. Sherry and Jeff shared a love and devotion for one another that was noticed and admired by all who know them. This summer they would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He also adored his six grandchildren, playing an active part in their lives, and they all adored him right back. Dr. Boothe was a man who prided himself in his work as a dentist. After graduating dental school in 1984 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Jeff and his wife Sherry returned to Jeff’s hometown of Merced, CA, to raise their family and open up his dental practice. For 37 years, he dedicated himself to his craft of dentistry, and his care and concern for his patients. Dr. Boothe was a member of the California Dental Association, the Seattle Study Club, the Yosemite Dental Society and the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry. Growing up, Jeff was an incredible multi-sport athlete, excelling in basketball, football and baseball at Merced High School, where he held a basketball scoring record for many years for the most points scored in a game. After high school, Jeff spent two years playing basketball at Merced Community College before transferring to University of Texas on scholarship to play basketball for two more years. In 2019, Jeffrey was honored to be inducted into the Merced High School Hall of Fame for his athletic successes. Jeff could often be found swinging golf clubs at the Merced Country Club, a favorite place of his to spend a Friday morning with his favorite golf buddies. Jeff had an artistic gift, spending many afternoons painting beautiful watercolor landscapes that fill his home. He was also an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many capacities during his life. The sounds of Jeff strumming his guitar as he sings “Hotel California,” “Free Fallin,” and especially his annual Christmas Elvis impersonation to the tune of “Blue Christmas” will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. Jeff Boothe was born April 9, 1954 in Brigham City, UT to Parents Donna Boothe, and Lee Boothe (deceased). Jeff is survived by his wife Sherry, his son Brandon (Julie), son Kyle, and son Chris (Stephanie). He is also loved by his six grandchildren, Austin, Avery, Taylor, Brinley, Madyn and Layla, his loving mother Donna and his brothers Jesse (Julie) and Donnie. He is preceded in death by his father Lee and brother Steven. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building located at 1080 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced, CA.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

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Dr. Jeffrey F. Boothe

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Mary Gaumnitz

June 12, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Boothe for many years and my favorite thing about going to him, besides him being the best, is the way he was always singing and smiling. The staff was not just staff they were family. The other thing that I remember is that when my husband and I were at his 10 year class reunion, he and Dr. Boothe went to high school together. Dr. Boothe and Sherry were there. Anyone could see how much they loved and adored each other. All the years that I have gone in for a cleaning or dental work they still looked at each other with that same love and adoration. Of course all the stories of their 3 boys over the years how proud he was. The last time I was in the office , April 12th, he was telling me about how he and Sherry get such joy out of their grandchildren .
This is a profound loss to his family and to this community. May Gods Mercy and Grace be with you all.
Mary Gaumnitz

Karen M Romero

June 11, 2021

Dr Booth has been my dentist since at least the year 2000. I learned about his passing on my way to work this morning and my heart is broken. He always made me feel comfortable in that dreaded dentist's chair. I am already missing him. My condolences to his wife, office staff and family.

Pat Valdez

June 11, 2021

Even though I haven't been around Jeff in many years I have so many fond memories of him. We played Little League together, naturally he was the standout. Also played youth basketball, High school basketball and JC ball together. We also went to parties together in High School plus I knew all his wonderful family. I remember us floating down Bear Creek on inner tubes with our friends and Jeff dragging bottom because he's a big boy and us all just laughing. A gang of us going to a so called haunted house and acting goofy. I can go on and on, but through it all Jeff had a great sense of humor and a huge heart, Even though we lost contact many years ago I always thought of him and our time together as boys, it was always with a smile. He'll be in my thoughts and prayers until I meet him again to give him a hug.

Sandy Seibert-Lara

June 11, 2021

I will deeply miss Dr. Boothe.

Natalee Delatorre

June 9, 2021

My condolences are being sent to the family of Dr Boothe. He was an amazing Dr. to me and all I’ve ever known in my life. I was always so delighted and happy to chat with him and talk about my goals with him. He was a great soul and will be deeply missed.

Mike Casso

June 8, 2021

We’re do I start first of all my deepest condolences to Sherry and the Boothe family. I am truly greatfull to have known Jeff he was the definition of caring,classy,gracious, funny.Many times My wife Martha and My boys would be out to dinner and bump into Jeff and Sherry at a restaurant, I would go to settle up the bill and would be told no worries your tab was taken care of that was Jeff. I can’t say enough about him as a dentist. Jeff would take time to call you after a procedure to see how you were doing. On another note this was the Rock Star Dentist I was fortunate to have on one occasion I had a tooth tearing me up on a Saturday morning made call to Jeff to see if he could prescribe some pain medication to get me through the unbearably pain without hesitation I was told Mike meet me down at the office in an hour . Jeff’s day off was put aside to help me out before I knew it ,Jeff was unlocking the office and I was in his chair and heard the all to familiar words from Jeff Yeap tooths hot ,blowing up up got to get the nerve out. Went out of his way for me on his day off I could assure you I wasn’t the only patient treated this way. Jeff you will be truly missed I am great full to have been your patient and friend. Rest In Peace . Casso Family

Debbie Speers

June 7, 2021

Dear Sherry, Boothe Family, and the Boothe Dental Staff,

We are heartbroken for your loss of a wonderful, friendly, caring man and excellent dentist.
You could always tell Dr.Boothe enjoyed being a dentist. It showed in his smile and his happy demeanor. He was blessed that his job was a wonderful part of his life. Dr. Boothe loved to chat. I remember you could always see the joy on his face when he spoke of his wife, family, and staff. He loved them all.
We know we can’t fill your empty heart. Only love and good memories can do that. But with each day, love and good memories will help you begin each new day.
He will always be a part of your heart.
With deepest sympathy,
Debbie and Paul Speers

Kim Presol-Aleman

June 5, 2021

Dear Sherry and the Boothe family.

I am so deeply sorry, for the loss of Dr. Boothe. He was a wonderful man and awesome dentist. He always made me laugh, while sitting in the dental chair. I wish I had words that would help ease your pain, but know, he will missed terribly!

With deepest sympathy,

Kim Presol-Aleman

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