David Bradley (Brad) Booth
March 10, 1942 - Jan. 31, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Bradley (Brad) Booth of Austin, Texas, passed away Jan. 31, 2016, while snoozing in the sun on his patio with his dog, Cash, beside him. He leaves behind many friends and family mourning his passing, but happy in having known him.
Brad was born March 10, 1942, in McCook, Nebraska, to Clarence Eugene (Bus) Booth and Gracie May (Cain) Booth. Brad graduated from McCook High School in 1960 and from Kearney State College in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated from Officers Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Brad served in Vietnam for a year, ending his Army career as a Captain, working as a Reserve Training Officer in Manhattan Beach, California. He worked for a series of financial institutions, including Security Pacific Bank and Santa Barbara Savings in Southern California, and Home Federal Savings in Albany, Oregon. Brad returned to Nebraska and worked in Grand Island real estate with McCook classmate Fred Janisch, where he rode out the tornado of 1980 under the stairs of his house near Stuhr Museum. He went back into finance in 1982 with CMAC Mortgage Insurance while living in San Clemente, California, and eventually became Western States Regional V.P. He always loved his staff of beautiful women and kept in contact with so many of them. He retired from CMAC in 1997 at 55 and moved to Nicaragua, where he designed and built a house with McCook fellow classmate and investor, Steve Schneider. His first week in Nicaragua found him as judge of a local beauty pageant, something he said he would not ever do again. A photo of Brad sitting on his San Juan del Sur patio was pictured in an USA Today newspaper article on Americans living abroad. After three years in Nicaragua, he moved to Ajijic, Mexico. After a few years Brad moved back to Texas, where he had kept a house for years and has lived in Austin since then. Brad never married nor had children but has always enjoyed the company of loyal canines through the years, Matt, W. Eva Snyder Baloney(W), AC and Cash.
Brad was preceded in death by his parents and also by his beloved canines. He is survived by his sister, Linda Hein and her husband, Rick of Lincoln, Nebraska; nephews, Dennis Harsh of McCook, Doug Harsh of Bartley, Nebraska, Dan Harsh, of Pueblo Colorado, Andy Hein of Platteville, Colorado, and Jon Hein of Syracuse, Nebraska; nieces, Diana Laird of Mayetta, Kansas, and Crystal Buscher of Lincoln; and many great nephews and nieces as well as a boatload of cousins and friends. Cash was adopted by Brad's sister's family in Lincoln
Following Brad's wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be placed in the family plot in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCookat a later date. In keeping with Brad's great love of and concern for dogs, the family suggests memorials to your local Humane Society in his name.