It is with regret that the family of Payton Booth announces his passing on July 9, 2006 at Dunrovin Park Lodge in Quesnel. Payton was born June 9, 1918 in Fisk, Saskatchewan to Edwin and Emma Booth. He moved with his family in “the dirty thirties” to New Westminster for a short time before moving to Bouchie Lake to farm. Payton joined the army in 1941 and served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was a Sapper, 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers. He rode a Norton motorcycle as dispatch rider for Major Zukeroff which earned him the nickname “Zukie”.
When he was discharged from the army, he returned to Bouchie Lake where he married Marion Johnston in 1946 and they raised their only daughter Rita. After a few years of falling trees, he and his brother Ralph operated Booth Brothers Sawmill. When the sawmill was disbanded, Payton went to work in the Weldwood Planer until retirement at age 62. In 1981, Payton and Marion moved to White Rock to be closer to their grandsons in 1993, they returned to Quesnel where they renewed old acquaintances and enjoyed the scenery on their many outings, whether it was to visit old friends or to take in a yard sale.
Marion passed away in 1999 and the following year Payton moved to Dunrovin Park Lodge where he lived comfortably for 6 years.
Payton is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Frank Hunt, and two grandsons, Frank Jr. and Ewan as well as a sister Emily (Gardner) in Kamloops.
Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Dunrovin and Maple House for their kindness to Payton over the past 6 years and to the many volunteers at the Palliative Care Association who spent many hours with Payton. Special thanks goes to Linda Armstrong for her extraordinary compassion and companionship
A small family service was conducted at the QuesnelCemetery.