Douglas J. Booke, 66, joined our Heavenly Father on January 23, 2020, surrounded
by his loving family.
Doug was born in Tracy, CA, on December 22, 1953, and was a life-long resident.
One of his proudest accomplishments was serving in the U. S. Marine Corp. He was a Sergeant when he retired from the California Department of Corrections where he received numerous Letters of Commendations, Appreciations, and awards.
Doug was a true blessing to his wife, Joanie, and all of his family and friends. He will always have a special place in our hearts.
Doug enjoyed simple, everyday pleasures: taking drives, spending time with his cat, keeping in touch with his Facebook friends, and talking politics. When his health permitted, he enjoyed power walking, weight lifting, and target practice.
Doug always tried to be a positive influence on people. Through his many challenges, he showed courage, strong will, and determination to persevere. He showed his genuine compassion by supporting many causes any way he was able. He felt strongly that fallen service members should have a city street named after them. So, for many years he has petitioned the City of Tracy for each of these veterans. At the time of his death, he had petitioned 11 streets to be named after veterans.
His love for animals was boundless. He felt a strong responsibility to protect and help animals however he could.
Doug is survived by his wife, Joanie; his brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Hope Booke;
nephew, John Booke; nieces, Yvonne Booke, Rosemary Soto, Yvonne Groves, Serina Robled; mother-in-law, Arleen Sevor; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Dan Grossnicklaus; and numerous aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Booke and Melba Booke and his dog, Ollie.
Doug will be laid to rest on February 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 Mc Cabe Rd, Santa Nella, CA.
There will be a Celebration of Doug’s Life on February 22, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at Chez Shari, 305 N. Union Rd, Manteca, CA. Family, friends, and others whose lives Doug touched are invited. Casual attire.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to charities that support veterans
or the welfare of animals.