Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and son of Dr. and Mrs. George Booren (DDS) of Thief River Falls, MN passed from this life on May 6, 2015. “Doc” was the youngest of five outstanding sons. While attending Lincoln High School, he excelled in sports and was a member of the Prowler’s “Athletic Scholarship Society”. He played football quarterback for an undefeated season his senior year. He also played baseball and ran track. He was musically talented and sang in a Boys Double Quartet winning state competitions. Lynn graduated with honors from the only class in his high school’s history to win at the state level in every event.
Lynn was a proud participant of “The Greatest Generation” and served as Radio Officer in the Merchant Marines during World War II transporting bombs to various locations to include the South Pacific and the North Atlantic. While in convoy, his Liberty Ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat. The convoy continued on their route without them. He survived seven hours, at night, by hanging on to a half submerged lifeboat in the icy waters of the North Atlantic before being rescued by a Norwegian freightliner. Lynn was a member of the “WWII Honor Flight” to Washington DC in 2008.
After the war, Lynn was named to the Dean’s List at the Southern School of Optometry. While in Memphis, he met and married the love of his life, Virginia, whom he affectionately called “Ginny”.
In 1950, the Boorens moved to Craig, CO where they raised three children, Delaine (Voloshin), Bill (Judy) and Diana (Terry Danielson). Lynn practiced optometry for forty years in Craig. He was a perfectionist at his craft and was well respected by his patients and peers. In 1981, the Colorado Optometric Association nominated him “Optometrist of the Year”. He also had a satellite office, “Village Optical” in Fort Collins, CO with his daughter, Diana, who co-owned and managed the office until 1987. Doc was a lifetime member of the Colorado Optometric Association, and at one time during his optometric career, had the largest “solo” practice in the state of Colorado.
A tenor, Lynn sang solos in the Congregational Church choir and for weddings and funerals. He was a member of Kiwanis Club and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Posse. He served on many community boards. His passion was breeding, raising, riding and training racehorses. He loved sports and enjoyed attending his children’s and grandson’s sporting events. He faithfully followed the Denver Broncos, the Rockies and the Nuggets. He was an avid golfer, swimmer, walker, played tennis, horseshoes and enjoyed a good game of Cribbage. Being the youngest of five boys, he was a fierce competitor by nature and excelled at everything he attempted. He earned numerous trophies and qualified to be a professional bowler with an average of 220. For many years, he held the position of “King of the Hill” in Craig, which was a competition between two top bowlers and was broadcast weekly on the radio.
While in Craig, the Boorens were instrumental in establishing a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. Lynn was sober the last 58 years of his life, the longest sober member of AA in the state of Colorado. He attributed that to the support of his wife whose love and encouragement helped him to make that life changing decision. In the last years of his life, he found purpose in attending one or two AA meetings per week to tell his story with the hopes of inspiring struggling alcoholics. He was an inspiration to his family as well as many friends along the way.
The Boorens were fortunate to have a home of 50 years in Craig, a home in Fort Collins and a villa in Fountain Hills, AZ. They especially loved their neighbors and the residents of Craig and were well thought of by their community. The two of them lived a charmed life, deservedly so, singing and dancing their way through the years.
Lynn and Ginny were blessed with six grandchildren, Melany, Michael and Mark Voloshin, Will, John and Page Booren (Holler), eleven great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, Douglas (OD), Robert, Jack (MD), his wife Virginia and grandson Will. Lynn will be greatly missed by his family and those who had the distinct privilege of knowing him.
Remembrance and celebration of life will be held at Allnutt’s Funeral Chapel at 650 W Drake Road in Fort Collins, CO on June 5, 2015 at 11 AM. Full military honors and entombment to follow at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum where he will join his beloved “Ginny”. A special thank you to Halcyon Hospice and Eagle’s Nest Assisted Living for their consummate, loving care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in Lynn’s name, to the Honor Flight Northern Colorado or the Larimer County Humane Society.
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