Darryl A. Boots, 53, of Franklin Twp. passed away at the Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Darryl was born on February 26, 1962 and is the son of Jiggs and Dolly LaCava Boots of Franklin Twp. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1980 and was heavily recruited to play college football. He signed with the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 to fulfill his dream of blocking for Dan Morino. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a BS in Communication and Television Production.
He and his wife Raylene established a successful video production company, Dinosaur Studios, in Franklin Township in 1987. Darryl worked for PCTV in Pittsburgh as well as the Western Instructional Support Center. He went full time with his own business in 2000. His work included weddings, commercial productions, Riverside football, and musicals.
He was one of the few subcontractors for Carnegie Mellon University and captured many classes for the FBI, Homeland Security, US Military, and the CIA. Darryl had served as the Ellwood City Arts Crafts and Food Festival Food Chairman for 4 years, and General Chairman of the festival since February 2015.
He is a life long Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed golfing. He also enjoyed playing Risk and organizing his annual Risk Tournament that he held for 15 years with his friends.
Darryl and Raylene were active volunteers for the exchange program at Riverside. Over the past 10 years, they hosted Meike from Germany, Marius from Germany, Sandra from Sweden, Zarina from Tajikistan, Ran from Okinawa, Japan, Laerke from Denmark, Margaux from France, Elina from Germany, and Sasha from Ukraine.
Darryl is survived by his wife of 24 years, Raylene Weigel Boots, his children, Chas (Kalei) Schaeffer Smith of Pittsburgh, Kevin and Shawna Schaeffer of Ellwood City, Jenica and Chris Jones of Concord California, Daryl Ellen Droxine “Roxy” and Zac Jackson of San Diego, California, Xander Tiberius Buster Boots at home, his grandchildren, Riley and Jonah Schaeffer, Kai and Violet Schaeffer Smith.
Darryl is also survived by his brother Buster (Marlene) Boots of Fombell, and his sister Donna (Ray) Santillo of Franklin Twp.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother in law, John and Sherry Wehman Weigel.
Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Darryl will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Tom Bracken and Pastor Eugene McConnell officiating.
The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/