William Brooks Obituary (1937 – 2023)
William Joseph Brooks 1937-2023. Bill died unexpectedly at his home in Burlington, Kansas on February 16, 2023.
Bill was born on April 12, 1937 in San Jose, California to Hollin and Helen Brooks.
Bill’s death was preceded by his brother Hollin, mother and father, and uncle Lock Martin (Gort in The Day the Earth Stand Still Movie 1951).
His remaining family includes Gary Brooks of Ada, Oklahoma, Sean (Elizabeth) Brooks of San Francisco, Jeanine Brooks (Roger Schmidt) of Sitka, Alaska.
Grandchildren are: Elise Brooks, Maren Brooks, Anja Brooks-Schmidt and Mina Brooks-Schmidt.
Bill grew up in Hollister and worked in his father’s grocery store from 1945 to 1955.
From 1955 to 1960 he attended California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. He later went to the Illiff School of Theology in Denver, CO, where he received a Masters of Divinity.
Bill worked as a private plumbing consultant for schools and hospitals from 1960 to 1963. From 1963 to 1967 he was construction manager for the city of Cupertino.
In 1967, Bill began working as an Assistant Forest Engineer in Eldorado National Forest for the US Forest Service, moved to Inyo National Forest in Bishop, California in 1972, and then relocated to Fresno, California for a year before becoming a forest engineer in Sitka. Alaska in 1976 and remained in that position until 1981.
Bill always had a story to tell about his forest service jobs. Wilderness work has always been interesting.
From 1991 to 2005, Bill was project manager for the SouthEast Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, Alaska, where he facilitated multi-million dollar contracts and upgrades for the hospital and community health departments.
His most recent position was in Ada, Oklahoma, where he was project manager for the design and construction of the largest Native American-funded hospital in the United States in 2006, retiring in 2013 from the original budget.
Bill enjoyed singing in the church choir, traveling, engaging in good conversation to connect with people, and participating in many organizations wherever he lived—like Kiwanis and the Lions Club. He made friends easily and always had a meeting or gatherings to attend.
Some stories he personally witnessed was that his front living room window was shattered by the newspaper it was throwing about Pearl Harbor and that he knew people who went to the Japanese internment camps in California.
Published by Jones Funeral Home – Burlington on February 22, 2023.
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