February 16, 1964 ~ March 17, 2019

Born in: Flint, Michigan
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Hockey-player, committed and loyal father, life partner and friend, Michael Tryon Booth entered this world on February 16, 1964 and transitioned into the next realm, wherever that may be on March 17, 2019, almost exactly one month after his 55th birthday. Michael was often a quiet guy and yet always went out of his way to take care of and show up for the people around him, family and otherwise. Michael or Uncle “Forest” as he was known to his family, grew up in Flint, Michigan. He was always a die-hard hockey fan and enjoyed his time on the tennis court in high school and onward. He graduated from Carman-Ainsworth high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern Michigan University. In 1982, he met his bride Lisa Arreola-Booth, they dated throughout college and eventually in 1991 they ventured across the country to settle down in Denver, Colorado. They will have been married thirty-one years on April 30th. Michael served as a dedicated senior recruiter with human resources for the University of Colorado Hospital for over twenty years, and he was also known as “Mr. University” by his close friends and loved ones.

Throughout his life, Michael clung to the things that made him happy, whether that be time with his son Rhett who he cherished and for whom he beamed pride, with his wife Lisa, other family members, time on the ice with his hockey team, or weekend happenings. Michael is remembered by his wife, Lisa, his son Rhett (17), his parents-in-law Philip and Sandra, his sisters-in-law Richelle and Gabrielle, his five nephews and his parents David and Esther and his sister Lynn in Michigan. Indebted to the life he lived and the light he shone, his family will remember to keep their heads up, and their sticks on the ice.

Memorial contributions can be addressed to Lisa Arreola-Booth, 2322 South Leyden Street, Denver CO 80222 and will be disseminated to the charities Michael held dear to his heart.


Funeral Service: March 22, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
2250 S Harrison St.
Denver, CO 80210


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  1. Dear family, friends and loved ones of Michael Booth, we are deeply saddened to announce he passed away to the hockey rink in the sky on March 17, 2019 suddenly and unexpectedly. While we are shocked and filled with grief, we know Forrest would want us to celebrate his life instead of mourning his death. With that in mind, our family will be holding a service at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 22nd at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Denver at 2227 South Colorado Blvd. Come with your favorite memories to share with Michael’s family. Funeral arrangements are being arranged by Horan and McConaty.

  2. Dear Lisa and family…
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa…I do care! Here is a hug from me from S.C.
    Mary Ann

  3. Lisa,
    I am so sorry to hear of you loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with you. I pray you and Rhett find some peace and comfort surrounded by your loving family and friends.
    Kathleen Zaccaro

  4. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Michael and he was an awesome and friendly guy. May he rest I peace and I pray you can find comfort during this difficult time.

  5. Lisa and Rhett and all of you, I am so, so sorry to find out about this. I know there is nothing I can say to take away the pain but I wanted you to know Lynda and I are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Lisa and Rhett- My prayers and thoughts are with you. Lisa, I met you in the 90s when Michael and I shared an office at 9th/CO and Rhett, I remember when you were born and all the great stories I have heard about you over the years. He will be missed at his company. We all loved him and he was truly an inspiration of how to treat others, help others, and inspire others to be more than they thought they could be. He hired thousands of our employees and brought joy to his co-workers throughout the hospital. He was a shining light in our office and he will be missed more than words can express. My prayers are with you and your family, Lisa and Rhett. Shari

  7. I worked with Michael a few years back in HR. He will be truly missed. God Bless your family and may your memories help heal your broken hearts

  8. Dear Lisa, Rhett and Family,
    Michael is one of the “good guys” and he will be greatly missed. We all were better for having worked with Michael all these years.

  9. Lisa & Rhett,

    I am so sorry for your loss, I just started working at UCHealth a year ago, and Michael was truly a joy to work with. I learned so much from him, and just wanted to express my condolences to you and your entire family for this tremendous loss. He will be greatly missed!

  10. Michael was more than our son in law, he was more like a son and a great husband and father. We will miss him so!
    Philip and Sandra Arreola

  11. Michael had a stellar reputation in the healthcare recruitment community. He served as President for the Denver Area Health Care Recruiters Association (apologies I don’t recall the year) but I always appreciated his honesty, loyalty, heart for serving others and connecting people with opportunity. He loved his family so and will be missed greatly by all.

  12. Lisa and Rhett, please know you are in my prayers during this difficult time. Lisa, sharing an office with you for over five years, having Michael pop in always bringing a smile with him and often leaving us with laughter (sometimes at his expense-remember snagletooth!), are memories I cherish! Michael, Forest, Mr. University, whatever people called him, each were terms of endearment, he had such a positive impact on many people and will be missed greatly.

  13. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Kahlil Gibran. My God bless the Booth family.

  14. Dear Lisa and Rhett,
    I only knew Michael over the phone. He was my recruiter. He was always kind and lighthearted in our conversations. I will miss speaking with him. My condolences to you. God bless you.

  15. Michael always made sure that everything he touched was done right and provided exemplary customer service. We’ll miss him.

    • Lisa,
      You and Rhett are in my prayers. Rhett, though we have never met, I want to share with you the last conversation I had with your dad. I spoke with him on Saturday night. We spoke for around thirty minutes and all we talked about was our children. Your dad was so proud of you. I know he wants you to pursue your dreams of becoming a music producer. He talked about how creative and artistic you are. (Something he admitted he did not possess) Use your talents and love of music to there fullest and follow your dream.

      Mike meant so much to me. I looked up to him and I am so proud to call him my brother. He lit up a room when he entered it. When word would get out that Michael was coming into town, we knew we were in for a great time. God bless the Booths.

      Rest in peace my friend.

  16. Dear Lisa and Rhett,
    I will always remember Michael for his smile and great attitude. He always had a smile on his face when he would walk by my office. My condolences to you and your family. He will be truly missed.

  17. Lisa and Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May Michael rest in peace!

  18. Michael will be greatly missed by everyone. He was a great co-worker, and I always enjoyed running into him in the halls. He has been a great friend to my mom for the past 20 years and has never hesitated to help me, or anyone else out when needed.

  19. Lisa
    I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. Please know I am here for you in any way you need, whenever you need it.

  20. Michael started at University Hospital shortly after I did. He was always kind and compassionate, and helped find jobs for many I referred to him. No matter how busy he was he was always willing to take time to talk to people on the phone when they followed up on their application. I am very sorry for your loss. Michael will be missed.

  21. Michael was the sort of person that made you feel that he was really listening when he talked with you. I worked with him at UCHealth and he was of enormous help when I first started there – always finding time to answer silly newbie questions, and never making it feel like they were silly newbie questions. Such a kind person. I am so sorry very for your loss.

  22. Lisa and Rhett, my love for you both and Michael is so large. I actually had the privilege of sharing a small portion of his time on his 55th birthday when he came in for his haircut. I suprised him with a slice of lemon birthday cake with a candle and sang happy birthday to him. He was so touched and I’m so glad that I hugged him that day…I always reached out for a hug to him when he left the salon and now I’m so glad I did. He was such a huge joy and loving, caring, devoted man to his family and friends. I am so blessed to have been a part of his world. He will be dearly missed and I’m sure he is RIP. My love…

  23. I just wanted to give my condolences to Lisa and Rhett, I know this is a tough time and you wish it was just a bad dream and you could wake up and Michael was still here. I lost me father to cancer when he was 46yrs old, the only way I could get over his passing is to know that he would be my guardian Angel watching over me from Heaven. I hope this advice is helpful and I wish I could change things but I want you to know that I know what your going through and if you need to talk or vent, please get a hold of me.


    Jared Torres

  24. I worked with Michael in HR at UCH. He was very smart and did his job with pride and excellence. He was always nice to everyone and pleasant to work with. He will definitely be missed. So sorry for your loss.

  25. Lisa
    On behalf for the ENT surgery schedulers we want to offer our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May Mr. Michael rest in peace in Heaven.
    Children’s ENT surgery Schedulers

  26. My deepest condolences to Lisa and Rhett. Michael was my first point of contact in my journey at UCH. My prayers will be with your family.

  27. Lisa, Rhett and the Booth Family,

    I have worked with Michael since I started in HR with UCHealth almost 13 years ago. He always had a smile on his face and such a calm demeanor. I remember my last conversation with him, because we both joked and laughed and I’m so glad that I will have that memory of him. He will be missed by so many. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss and you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  28. Lisa and Rhett, So sad to hear this news. I have known Michael since he started employment at UCH 20 some years ago. We had offices across from each other at 9th avenue, shared in Michigan hockey/football (I’m from Mt Clemens and went to Michigan State). Every summer I would get spontaneous visits from him and Rhett on bikes as they toured in Mayfair (I’m on Jasmine St). He was one of my favorite people, people-oriented, positive, and he LOVED his family. His light will be missed.

  29. Lisa-
    Though I can’t get over there today, I’m thinking of you (and Rhett). I have a picture to send over, as well, from the day Michael stopped by after I had stopped working with him and dropped off a MacKinnon t-shirt and a bag of frozen peas. He contended that peas were all you really needed if you were in pain. That day, he took off before I could thank him. Through his stories and others above, I get the impression that that was pretty typical for him-always putting in extra time to make any small gesture to improve someone else’s day, without worrying about taking credit. He will be sorely missed.

  30. Michael was always positive and enthusiastic. He recruited me for my first job at UCH where I worked a long side of him early mornings for many years. He was a hard worker and always was looking to help others and he will greatly be missed.

  31. My sincere sympathy to the Booth family. I worked with Michael & he was instrumental in my being hired at UCH. I admired his calm demeanor & his commitment to our mutual organization.

  32. Dear Lisa, Rhett and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss! Thinking of you during this difficult time. And sending big hugs your way. Take care!!
    Love, Shannon (Burns) Elam

  33. My sincerest sympathy for you Lisa & Rhett. Michael was such a kind person with always a positive presence. I wish I could ease your pain. ♥️

  34. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Michael. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  35. Sacratissimum Cor Iesu.
    There is no other realm.
    He loved deeply with all his heart.
    His soul is purified.
    Have faith in our Lord.

  36. Remembering Michael

    When I first started with UCHealth I remember hearing this guy’s booming voice across the room, “Hello, this is Michael.” Whether it was an upset manager or candidate with questions, Michael was there to help. He spent more time on the phone than any other recruiter. Long after everyone left for home you could still hear him coaching a candidate or discussing positions with a department head.

    He often stepped up to volunteer. I recall attending one event he put together for “Hire Local.” This was an organization to help Aurora job seekers find placement in our hospital. He would often come ask me whether a person might be a good fit for one of my positions. He was responsible for helping numerous people find a job within our organization.

    One area he assisted was with ADA. This was not an easy task. You would have to speak with employees who had fallen ill or could no longer work their current position and had to be reassigned to another area within a time frame. He graciously gave his efforts in assisting our Coordinator in reassignments while dealing with disgruntled managers.

    Though Michael was dedicated to his work- he was often our stand -up comedian. His keen sense of humor always came on cue. We had a new guy recently join our team and during our TA meeting we were asked to go around, say our name and what service line we recruited. Robotically we each recited our role.
    When it came Michael’s turn he squared his shoulders and thundered “Michael Booth- University East Michigan.” Straight from an NFL playbook we all roared in laughter.

    It was not uncommon to receive a text in the evening, “Hey- can you call me?” Michael would have a candidate to discuss and debate what area would be a good fit. He was always on.

    A day does not go by that he is missed. He was an ambassador for our organization and rallied our team. When you came into the office you knew Michael would be there. He was the best of us. Many nights as I would leave for the day he would be on the phone with Lisa- making dinner plans and talking about Rhett’s activities. He would always end the call saying, “I love you.”

    That always put a smile on my face and I remember thinking the world was a better place knowing Michael Booth.

  37. Lisa, Rhett and Family,

    Michael was part of a nine-people group interview that I participated in prior to a job offer at, what was then, University of CO Hospital. At a circular table that day, everyone on the Recruitment Team asked me an interview question. I remember Michael’s question that day. Michael asked me to talk about the gratifying feeling I felt when a candidate accepts a position. What a great question. So representative of Michael.

    Michael and I worked together a long time. As you can imagine, the transition from University of CO Hospital to UCHealth over the years had its stressful moments. During the course of that time, Michael and I had conversations related to our jobs as recruiters. Michael and I talked about other less stressful career options or just different career options. But, Michael always came back to reality and stated that “I’m a recruiter, that is what I do best.” So true. Michael’s passion for recruiting, connecting with candidates was inspirational. Michael’s compassion for candidates was also inspirational. Michael had a very kind heart and went the extra mile to help his candidates get a job or help them in the next steps of their career. Often, Michael could be heard on the phone prepping candidates for their interview or counseling candidates regarding their resume.

    As a colleague, Michael supported everyone on the team and connected with each team member personally. Michael enjoyed and excelled at connecting with people. Never offensive, Michael had a way of connecting with pretty much everyone. Not long after starting at University of CO Hospital, I decided I needed to lose weight and started the Atkin’s diet. Michael was intrigued at what I was eating on a daily basis. One day, Michael brought me a goody bag – a steak and BBQ sauce! In hindsight, this gesture was totally Michael connecting with me. More recently, many of our conversations revolved around the Peloton. Michael asked frequently how my latest Challenge was going – while throwing a lot humor in those conversations as you can imagine – as was characteristic of Michael.

    As colleague and friend, Michael was a very good listener offering advice and support in a kind, encouraging approach and manner. Michael was pretty much always available when I needed that support and advice.

    Michael is missed every day. I am so grateful there are so many things to appreciate about Michael. At the top of the list is Family. Family was so very important to Michael. Michael’s commitment to Lisa and Rhett was evident every day as Michael talked with both of them on a daily basis and was committed to them and putting their needs first. I remember how exciting it was for Michael when Rhett made his entrance in the world. Makes me smile remembering how much we enjoyed Michael bringing Rhett in the office when Rhett was a wee one! And, seriously, how helpful Rhett was. :0)

    Going into the office is definitely different without Michael’s presence since he was such an integral part of the team and UCHealth. I am so grateful for the privilege of knowing and working with Michael for so many years. I will always be grateful for the positive influence of Michael in my life.

    Susan Hickman

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