Former Brookings resident Steven Carl Brooks, 71, lost his battle against cancer on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. He was born November 17, 1948 in Aberdeen, WA to Melvin and Elva (Hill) Brooks. He graduated from Brookings Harbor High School in 1967. Steve married the love of his life, Liz, on July 7, 1979 in Brookings, and was blessed with three children: Paula, Kenny, and Carly. Considered a jack of all trades by his family, Steve worked on the Harbor bench in the lily industry for various farms over 20 years, worked as a long-haul and local truck driver, and spent several summers working in the fishing industry in Alaska.
Steve’s favorite hobby was playing with computers, which led him to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science in 2012. He also enjoyed gardening, playing with his many dachshund companions over the years, and watching the ocean at the mouth of the Chetco River, Sporthaven beach. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, who all enjoyed his silly humor and puny jokes. Steve considered everyone a friend he hadn’t met yet.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Liz; children Paula (Erin) Brooks, Bismarck ND, Kenny (Laurie) Brooks, Magna, UT, and Carly (TJ) Willhite, Grants Pass; grandchildren Kenneth, Christepher (Megan), Benjamin (Cheyenne), and Samual Brooks, Magna, UT, and Trevor and Colton Willhite, Grants Pass; great-grandchild Mark Brooks, Magna, UT; brothers Dennis and Keith (Sarah) Brooks. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Patient Access Network Foundation. This foundation gave grants to help Steve afford the copays for the medicine to fight CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) the past 2 years.
You can find more information at panfoundation.org or 1-866-316-7263.