In Passing

Carl Vernon (Vern) Boothby Jr.

We have lost a dear friend, Vern Boothby, aged 79, who died on June 21. Boothby was a resident of Ponte Vedra, FL, but spent his last days at the Hospice Care at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Vern battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in his final years.

Boothby was born in Cincinnati to Garnette and Carl Boothby, Sr. and grew up in Morrow, OH. He attended Little Miami High School and was a three-sport athlete in basketball, baseball and track where he still holds the “Old Pole” pole vault record. Vern turned down a minor league baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds to serve his nation as a gunner’s mate in the Navy for six years.

After the Navy, Boothby went to work at Cincinnati Milacron in various sales positions before retiring after a 51-year career.

Surviving Vern are his wife of 57 years, Joan, son and daughter–in-law, Carl Vernon III and Dr. Robin Boothby of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, son, Tim Boothby of Fort Collins, CO, daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi and Chris Leland of Ponte Vedra FL, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Vern was an active player and coach in the SaddleBrooke Softball Association. He was an avid golfer and a regular at the DesertView gym.

Joan and Vern were Unit 24 residents.

A memorial service was held on July 14 in Ponte Vedra, FL.

Memorials are requested for the ALS Association or First Tee of North Florida.

Duane Eagen

We are saddened at the passing of Duane Eagen on May 30, at the age of 86. Duane had fallen and broke his hip, and during his surgery or afterwards in recovery, he had a stroke that left him unable to swallow or talk.

Duane is survived by his wife, Evy, her three daughters, their spouses and seven grandchildren, his only daughter, Lynn, from his first marriage, her husband Tom, their two children and three great grandchildren, his brother, Gary, and his wife, their two children, and five great nieces. All reside in or near Minneapolis.

Duane was born and raised in Austin, MN and spent a year in the Army before came home, married, and attended business school in Minneapolis. He worked as an accountant and eventually became a warehouse supervisor for Super Value, a food distributor in Minneapolis.

Shortly after the death of his first wife, he met Evy, and they married in 1987. For Duane’s love of golf and their aversion to snow, they moved to SaddleBrooke. Duane loved to golf, participate in the men’s club at SaddleBrooke One and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors here in SaddleBrooke.

No memorial is planned.