Donald Booth, Thief River Falls, MN, age 67, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021, at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Darrel Cory officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Donald John Booth was born October 20, 1953, at Northwestern Hospital, Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Theodore William and Shirley (Olson) Booth. He attended Anne Carlson School in Jamestown, ND, from kindergarten through 8th grade. Donald was born with cerebral palsy and had speech and hearing problems as well as the inabilities to walk. Technology was a great help to him in later years and the computer became a necessity to him.
He worked at the Occupational Development Center in Thief River Falls, from 1971-1986. In 1987 he moved to Fargo, ND, and lived at New Horizons until 2010. In Fargo, he worked at Madison and Centennial Schools.
Donald loved to watch baseball and football games, especially the Twins and Vikings. He attended many local ball games in Fargo. While at home he enjoyed riding his three-wheeled bicycle everywhere around Thief River Falls and actually wore out three bicycles. He was mostly wheelchair-bound but also had a power chair. This allowed him to go to events and go shopping by taking the city bus. Handi-wheels got him to and from work. Considering his disabilities, Don has had a happy and active life. He made friends easily and had many people who loved him.
Don was diagnosed with Lymphoma in December 2010. He has resided at the Thief River Care Center since February 28, 2010. Don died due to lung damage caused by COVID-19.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley Booth, Thief River Falls, MN; siblings: Brenda (Ray Tuinstra) Booth, Rochester, MN, Dennis (Sherry) Booth, Elk River, MN and sister-in-law, Julie Booth of Ozark, AL; he is also survived by 20 nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Donald was preceded in death by his father, Theodore; infant brother, Roger William; brothers, Douglas Booth and Dean Booth; grandparents, Olaf and Mable Olson and Roy and Inez Booth.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Thief River Care Center and Red River Hospice for their care of Don. Donation suggestions are the Anne Carlson School in Jamestown, ND, or Red River Hospice.