Carl Vernon Boothby, Jr., “Vern”, 79, of Ponte Vedra, FL, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, in Hospice Care at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. Mr. Boothby battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in his final years.
He was born in Cincinnati, OH, to Carl, Sr. and Garnette Boothby in 1939, grew up in Morrow, OH, and attended Little Miami High School. He was a three-sport athlete in basketball, baseball, and track, where he still holds the “Old Pole” Pole Vault Record. Mr. Boothby turned down a Minor League Baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds to serve his nation as a Gunner’s Mate in the Navy where he served for six years.
He served his entire profession career in various sales positions and retired from Cincinnati Milacron after working for over 51 years. He and his wife of 57 years, Joan (Kersey) Boothby, lived in Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Kirkwood (St. Louis), MO, Arlington, TX, Yorba Linda, CA, and retired while living in Tucson, AZ. Upon his retirement, the company named the District Manager of the Year Award after him.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; son and daughter-in-law, Carl Vernon III & Dr. Robin Boothby of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, son, Tim Boothby of Fort Collins, CO, daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi & Chris Leland of Ponte Vedra, FL; 11 grandchildren, Alex, Kat, Zach, Tommy, Corbin & Lane Boothby, Matthew, Zelie & Sophia Boothby, Loren & Rowynn Leland; four great grandchildren; and his sister, Lynda Boothby Wittman.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1pm at Ponte Vedra Valley, 4750 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.
In lieu of flowers, they family kindly requests memorials to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS Association.