Bradley Alan Booth
June 26, 1959 — June 17, 2018
Bradley Alan Booth, 58, of Longview died unexpectedly from a heart attack on June 17, 2018, at his home in Longview.
Brad was born June 26, 1959, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Edward F. and Mary E. ”Joann” (Keller) Booth. In 1963, Brad’s family moved to Longview where he attended Robert Gray Elementary and Cascade Junior High, then graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1977.
Brad worked as a carpenter, general contractor, maintenance supervisor and all-around guy who knew how to build or fix anything. He had a bubbly personality that sometimes bubbled over. He enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing, barbecues, NASCAR, the Oakland Raiders and Seahawks, and raising chickens.
Brad learned the trade of carpentry from his father starting when he was in high school working vacations and many weekends during the school year. His starting wage was 50 cents an hour. He supplemented his carpentry knowledge while he was at Mark Morris in Mr. Bogner’s wood shop class, of whom Brad always spoke with great affection. He worked mainly in the Longview area, aside from short periods of relocation to the Southwest.
While not a father to his own children, he proudly took a fatherly role in the life of Chris Gonser. He always called Chris his son and spoke often of their conversations via Skype while Chris was stationed in Afghanistan. Most recently he enjoyed his role as a mentor to a young man, Mikiah Voorhees, in the trade of carpentry and property maintenance.
Brad had many interests. In his younger days he loved hunting and fishing with his father, Ed, and many friends. When he wasn’t working during the summer months he was most likely boating on the Columbia River, or Mayfield Lake. Since retiring in 2017, Brad was busy perfecting his culinary skills focusing on grilling and smoking meats, making kim-chee, and trying to improve recipes of foods he grew up with, especially his Mom’s famous Cabbage Burger Bake. He also raised chickens and proudly stamped the eggs they produced as Brad Land’s Best (BLB).
Brad was always busy, but never too busy to help a friend. He loved making plans for how to improve the backyard where he lived, planting raspberries, adding a concrete sidewalk, growing vegetables and waiting for his Pawpaw trees to produce fruit. He was ever a loyal and borderline rabid Raider’s fan, whether they were of Oakland, Los Angeles, or recently Las Vegas. Early in the Seahawks franchise Brad had season tickets with a good friend, and provided the Raiders weren’t playing the Seahawks, Brad would root for the Seahawks.
Brad enjoyed watching auto racing but especially NASCAR. The most recent Memorial Day was racing nirvana for him. It started at 4 a.m. (though he said he would likely sleep in till 5) with Formula 1 racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, midmorning was the start of the 102nd running of the Indy 500, and the day finished with NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C.
Brad is survived by his mother, Joann in Longview; two brothers, William “Bill” (Theresa) in Longview and Robert “Bob” (Glenda) in Seattle; several nieces and nephews; his canine best friend, Tripp II; and numerous lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, and his first best canine friend Tripp.
Brad was seldom one to sit back and ponder the work he had accomplished, preferring instead to look to the future, always planning, always looking ahead. He missed his best friend, his father, terribly, and now, too soon by far, they are again walking the Woods of Eternity with their favorite dogs, Lucy and Tripp, beside them.
A celebration of Brad’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., in Kelso. Chaplain Doug Fields of the Cowlitz Chaplaincy will officiate. Because he was not a formal man, the family hopes those who participate in Brad’s celebration of life will feel free to wear sports colors or jerseys of their teams such as the Raiders, Seahawks, or NASCAR. No team or driver will be turned away, not even Danika.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elks, or a charity of choice in Brad’s name. Arrangements are by Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park & Crematory.