James Tony "JT" Boothman, 57, of Wentzville, Missouri. Born February 6, 1966, in East St Louis, Illinois, and passed away October 10, 2023, at Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis, MO after a 10 month battle of fighting an occupational cancer, Leukemia.
Firefighter/Paramedic, James Boothman, a dedicated and passionate firefighter lived a life of service. JT’s life of service began at a young age as a Junior Firefighter alongside his father with the State Park Volunteer Fire Department. He then went on to become a proud member of the Fairview Heights Volunteer Fire Department where he served his beloved community from 1996 to 2003. During this time JT was hired as Public Safety Officer and Firefighter, protecting the property and airport index for MidAmerica Airport from 2001 to 2011. His efforts and passion were recognized in this position awarding him a spot in leadership as a shift Captain while returning to higher education and earning his Paramedic License.
In 2011 JT began his service as a Firefighter/Paramedic and a member of the local I-66, IAFF Firefighters Union. It was there he served the Boeing St. Louis Fire Department with his brothers and sisters as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Confined Space Rescue team member, protecting the employees and the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. JT found many other passions in this position as a union leader, and he featured his talents as a lead contributor in advancing various projects still recognized by the company today.
A man who could never sit still, JT is finally getting the rest he never took. Aside from his love for all things fire & rescue, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. At home, he was either in his garage fixing something or he was out on his grill making the best pork steaks and homemade BBQ sauce known to man. If JT wasn’t hosting parties in his backyard by the pool, you could find him at his house at Lake of the Ozarks. There he would drive his loved ones to numerous coves for party time, and then he would take his boat nap.
In the recent months, JT loved to go on rides in his brand-new jeep with his wife Stacy. While this isn't goodbye forever, many of you will remember that for my father, often a loving goodbye and hello was him giving us all the “Bird” in his infamously good-natured way.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Kathrine Boothman; his brother, Gerald Dean Boothman; and his best dog buds, Bandit and Chance.
James is survived by his wife, Stacy Boothman (nee Edelen); his daughters, Miranda Boothman, Sarah (Greg) Parker, Melissa (Stephen) McDermott, and Sarah (Kevin) Whipple; Homer James Thomas Boothman; his grandchildren, Elise, Rowan, Audrey, Isla, Emmet, Taylor, and Kaden; his sister, Linda (Jerry) Hedger; his brother, Mark (Don) Boothman, as well as other siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
“All gave some, Some gave all…” JT Boothman has remained a celebrated Boeing St. Louis Firefighter until his recent death, and his impact will be felt for years to come.
A Repass Luncheon will follow 5:00 at the PFEM Hall & Banquet Center, 115 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376