Richard 'Tant' Boothman

Richard “Tant” Boothman
Richard “Tant” Boothman

Richard Anthony “Tant” Boothman passed away at his home near Othello, Wash., Thursday, March 5th, 2015, with his wife and family at his side.

Tant was born in Oroville, Wash. to Edward Albert Boothman and Margaret Nancy (Hitchon) Boothman Sept. 25, 1929. The youngest of eight children, he grew up on the family cattle ranch near Loomis.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, two sons, William Anthony “Tant” Jr. and David Scott Boothman (Darla), daughter, Debra Lynn Boothman Crisp (Gary), one sister-in-law, Lucy Boothman, three brothers in law, Gary, Mike and Tom O’Haver, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Tant was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two sisters and one son, Jeffery Robert Boothman.

After Tant graduated from Oroville High School, in 1949, the Boothman family sold out and purchased a cattle ranch in the Grande Rhonde Valley near La Grande, Ore., which is still operated by some of the family.

Tant and Linda owned a ranch at the base of the beautiful Mt. Emily, near La Grande, where they raised their family and cattle until 1969, when they sold out and moved to British Columbia, where he managed a Purebred Charolais Cattle Ranch, in Surrey, B.C. Returning to the States in 1974, they settled near Othello, staying true to his calling, raising cattle, hay and family, until he retired in 1991. They continued to live in their home on a small acreage, working in the garden and often enjoyed fishing trips, until the time of Tant’s death.

A Memorial Service for Tant will be held April 25th by his family, at Tonasket Wash., with burial in the family plot.

Contributions to honor his life can be sent to: Cancer Care of North Central Washington, 1708 Castlerock Ave., Wenatchee, WA. 98801 or The Old Hotel Art Gallery, 33 E. Larch, Othello, WA. 99344.