Stephen David Booker

July 23, 1977 - October 3, 2016

Stephen David Booker, of Frisco, Texas, was born 7/23/77 and passed away 10/3/16 from medullary thyroid cancer. A celebration of Stephen’s life will take place Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Preston Meadow Lutheran Church, Plano, TX at 3 PM.


Our beloved son, brother, husband, and father is survived by many loving family members and friends. Among the family, his parents, David and Barbara Booker of North Richland Hills, TX; brother James Booker of Austin, TX; wife, Christine Booker of Frisco, and five children, Wesley (12), Ryan (10), Chloe (7), Rachel (15) and Samantha (15).


He is also survived by his grandfather, Lee Roy Itz; parents-in-law Leif and Elsa Petursson; brother-in-law Pete Petursson, his wife Barbara and nephews Bobby and Erik Petursson; aunt Peggy Horton and her husband Walt, aunt Audrey Cassle and her husband Eddie; uncles Michael Booker, Donald Booker, Bob G. Booker, Jr.; aunt Jennifer Pritchard and her husband Ken; and numerous cousins and family throughout Texas and in Huntington Beach CA and Bellvue, NE.


Stephen lived an amazingly vibrant life full of activities with family, intellectual pursuits and work in public service, and enjoyed sports throughout his life as a player, coach, and fan. He attended Richland High School, where he focused on band, choir, and theater. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from University of Texas, Austin, where he was very proud to be a member of the Longhorn Band all four years – combining his love of sports and music. While at UT, he was on the Dean’s list and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity.


Stephen earned his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, May 2002. While at SMU, he was on the Dean’s List fall 1999, spring 2001, and spring 2002; a member of the International Law Review Association; Editor-in-Chief, Law and Business Review of the Americas, 2001-2002; Staff Editor, The International Lawyer, 2000-2001; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, 2000-2002; Honor Council, 2001-2002.


After graduating from law school, Stephen worked at United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Norfolk, Virginia as a Staff Attorney from August 2002 to August 2003. In August 2003, Stephen returned to Texas and joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division as a criminal prosecutor in their Dallas Field Office. He also detailed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, prosecuting a 19-count Ponzi case in 2007. Stephen stayed with the Dallas office until it closed and then transferred to the Antitrust Division’s Chicago Field Office in 2013. He was described as “a very smart, very persistent prosecutor who was focused on getting to the right answer and serving the public in all that he did.”

Stephen married his college sweetheart in July 1999. They have three children, Wesley, Ryan, and Chloe.  The couple divorced in October 2011.


Stephen met his wife Chris through work and they married in May 2014, blending Stephen’s three children with Chris’ two daughters, Rachel and Samantha. The joy of Stephen’s life was his five children. Living simply together as a family, having dinner, doing homework, watching them play soccer or do archery, and spending family time on vacations or watching movies. He was very proud of all their accomplishments, including encouraging their musicianship in middle school and high school marching band.


Stephen was also a huge sports fan. He played football, baseball, and soccer as a child, umpired as a teen, and later coached his children in soccer. Stephen loved all teams Texas, of course, but with a love of the Chicago Cubs as well. When he wasn’t dressed for work, there was usually a UT Longhorn somewhere on his apparel.


Stephen requested to be cremated. His remains will be scattered in a private family ceremony.

We invite everyone to a celebration of Stephen’s life, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Preston Meadow Lutheran Church, Plano, TX at 3 PM. We ask that guests wear something representing their favorite sports team – Longhorns, Cowboys, Rangers, Cubs, or other pro or college teams or their local soccer club jersey.  We will honor his life, celebrate his accomplishments, and look forward to sharing our favorite Stephen stories.


Donations to, for research and treatments of medullary thyroid cancer, in Stephen’s honor are appreciated.

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I met Stephen during his tenure at the USAO in Dallas. We often would rib each other over our respective favorite sports teams. He was a good man and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace. Charles Brown, November 17, 2016 Stephen will always be remembered for his passionate pursuit of justice and his hard work to achieve that lofty goal. He never shied away from difficult investigations. To the contrary, he relished the challenge of putting together a case in tough situations. And despite his health problems, he always maintained that same high-level of dedication and determination -- and did it with the zest and cheerfulness for which he was justifiably well known. Marvin Price , November 11, 2016 David and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I wish you peace. Donna Gregory, November 8, 2016 I just want to send my condolences during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is truly one of life's most trying times. I like to read Scriptures like Philippians 4:13 which assures us of the strength God will give us to endure. Nicole Stewart , October 15, 2016 Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Stephen. Please know you are all in our prayers and while we share in the sadness of his loss, we know he is at peace with the Lord. His bright smile will always remind us of the fine young man you raised. We will truly miss him.
Laurie and Tom Petrushka, October 13, 2016 Stephen was a good man and I very much enjoyed working with him. I am so sorry for your loss and I am praying for your family. Stephen will be greatly missed! Jason Reich, October 12, 2016 My prayers are with you and family.
Sandy Hage, October 12, 2016 Barbara and David, dear friends, our deepest sympathy for your loss of Stephen. May God bless your family and give you strength and comfort. Our prayers for all of you. Sherry and Greg Bryant, October 11, 2016 You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. (Audrey and Eddie's Sunday School Class) Becky Vernor, October 11, 2016 There is nothing that can be said or done to make this time any less painful or confusing. The only consolation that I can offer is that there will be a tomorrow and you will not be alone in it. Cling to one another to enjoy the blessing you share in having Stephen in your life. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Pressler, October 10, 2016 Chris and Family - It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Julie Clegg, October 9, 2016 So sorry to hear of your lost. My prayers are with you and Family.???????????????? Constance Constance Brown, October 8, 2016 Stephen will be greatly missed. He was a great coach and put so much passion into everything play. Trust me, you can always hear him load and clear from the side lines! He would be at every game he could be without fault. You could literally see how much he loves and adored all 5 of his children. He was so proud of their accomplishments and spoke highly of everything they did. Loved having talks about the Cubbies with him. I know he will be cheering them on in post season and he can be our Angel in the Outfield! Rest in Peace dear friend, The Hill Family will continue to pray for the legacy you have left on earth. Wes- Jimmy loves you and thinks about you... lets get together and kick the ball around! Brian, Norelia and Jimmy Hill, October 8, 2016 Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband, Stephen. I know you had a great marriage and loved him so much. We share your grief at this very difficult. Praying for comfort and peace for your entire family. Barbara and Butch Bone, October 8, 2016 Stephen loved playing baseball. While at Antitrust, Stephen came to work with two black eyes. Claimed he got hit in the face with a baseball. When I retired I gave Stephen a face mask to wear while playing baseball. He was a good attorney and coworker. Rest in Peace Stephen. Donna Clanton, October 8, 2016 Chris -- I just talked to Carla today and she told me about Stephen's death. I am so sorry for your loss, please know that I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers. Diane Diane Lotko Baker, October 7, 2016 I did not know Booker well, but I remember him from band and he was always good for having a laugh. RIP fellow band geek. #AlwaysARebel Beth Gilbert, October 7, 2016 To Chris and Stephen's children, Stephen is a good man. I will miss him, but I look forward to seeing him again. I am sure Stephen will be playing loudly in heaven for his beloved Longhorns this weekend. I will miss my kindred spirit and the world with the Division continues to be less bright. Peace & God Bless, KC Kevin Culum, October 7, 2016