Dale Boose: August 23, 1932 – February 17, 2022

Dale A. Boose, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at home in the loving care of his family on February 17 th , 2022. Born in Seattle in 1932, Dale was a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He graduated in December 1950 from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Washington State College in 1955. At Washington State, he was active in student government and was elected student body President in his senior year. A member of the Air Force ROTC, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on his graduation,

and served four years as a pilot for the Strategic Air Command, flying B-47 bombers from bases in Texas and Kansas. After leaving the Air Force, Dale had a 30-year career at the Boeing Company, working in both the Aerospace and Commercial Airplane divisions, and rising to the Director of Training for the Commercial Airplane Division before he retired.

In July of 1955, Dale married his childhood sweetheart, Joani Karrer, who was his lifelong partner through more than 66 years of marriage. Together, they built a loving family of three

children—Carol Lider (Kirk), David (Linda Beane-Boose), and Robert—seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In the 1940s, Dale’s parents, Agnes and Earl Boose, and their neighbors in Seattle, Jack and Mildred Huffman, purchased four adjacent lots on Saratoga Road north of Langley and built rustic summer cabins there. Since then, five generations of the Boose family have walked the beach, seen the eagles come back, watched Langley grow and change, and introduced each new set of kids to the beauty of life on South Whidbey. Dale and Joani eventually bought the Huffman cabin, and in 2000 built a new “little red cabin”, to which they retired, becoming year-round residents and members of the community. Dale built sets as a volunteer at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and he and Joani are longtime supporters of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. They were instrumental in helping to create and maintain the Saratoga Woods preserve. When not at Whidbey, Dale and Joani took many road trips through the American Southwest, in southern British Columbia and Alberta, and to Alaska and back.

In addition to Joani and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Dale leaves behind his brother Lynn, of Portland, Oregon. He will also be missed by the many friends, co-

workers, and others whose lives he touched. Memorial contributions are welcome at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust (https://www.wclt.org/).