Donald A. Boots, 92, of Denton, Texas, formerly of Mount Jackson, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.
Don was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Wampum to Clarence and Geraldine Boots.
He married Winifred Currie on May 28, 1946, in New Castle.
His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 9, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Don joined the Marine Corps in December 1942. He earned expert medals on the rifle and pistol range and his assigned weapon was the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). He served in Company A, 4th Pioneer Battalion, 4th Marine Division. He made all four combat invasions with the 4th Marines and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for action on Saipan. During the invasion of Iwo Jima, he witnessed the now famous flag raising.
The effects of his service to his country had a direct bearing on every aspect of his life from the time the war ended until his passing.
Don was a fourth generation carpenter and master woodworker. He owned Boots Construction in Pennsylvania and started it in Denton when he brought his wife and two boys to Texas in 1963. His love of trim carpentry, remodeling and home building flourished through his hard work.
Besides his family, the most important aspect of Don's life was his tremendous Christian faith. He was active in many churches throughout his life, Gideon's International and the Denton County Jail Ministry.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winifred; and a sister, Betty Koch.
He is survived by his sons, Dennis (Marilyn) Boots of Denton and Dick (JoAnn) Boots of Paris; grandchildren, David (Andrea) Boots of Denton, Mark (Dianne) Boots of Paris, Kathryn Boots Porter of Denton, and Andy (Michelle) Boots of Jonesboro, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Abbie, Maddie and Ellie Boots of Denton, and Andrew Boots of Jonesboro; a sister, Eileen Shearer of Wampum; and a brother, Clarence Boots of Mount Jackson.
Serving as pallbearers will be David, Mark, Andy and Jim Boots, Joe Pickrel, Lloyd Campbell and Sam Brooks. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Hutsell, Bob Norton and Jack Manes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International to distribute Bibles to help transform lives through the word of God.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeBerry Funeral Directors, Denton, Texas.
Published on August 7, 2017