Oct. 8, 1956 - July 12, 2010
Ricky "Rick" Brooks, age 53, long time resident of Waitsburg, died July 12, 2010, at home with his family around him after battling cancer the past 14 months.
Viewing & visitation will be Thursday, July 15, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 16th, 2010, at Ye' Town Hall, in Waitsburg with interment to follow at Waitsburg City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waitsburg Chapel or the Waitsburg Ambulance Fund through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.
Rick was born Oct. 8, 1956, in Girard, Kan. to Delores Irene (Vermalen) and Harold Lawrence Brooks. As his parents were separating at his birth, he and his mother moved to Bremerton, Wash. His mom met and later married Neal Abram Hart, April 4, 1960. Neal raised Rick as his own to the point he used the Hart name growing up. Most people didn't realize they weren't father and son.
All through school, he loved sports playing hard, being one of the youngest to play high school varsity football at Seahome High School, a passion he would later pass on to his children.
Seeing the challenges he had without a diploma, education for his children was very important to him, with his wish of each of them to at least attend community college.
In his spare time he bowled on several leagues, and bowled perfect 300 games several times, even bowling and winning some tournaments. He met his future wife, bowling Friday, January 13th. He and Sharon (Daves) Brooks were married November 10, 1984, in Ellensburg, Wash. A vow was taken to become one, in sickness and in health, rich or poor.
Once married, being an only child, he tried to take on the role of being a big brother to all of his new siblings. A role that he took to heart doing whatever he could for them, no matter the cost.
He moved to Waitsburg in 1986 and drove truck for several area companies including Archer Aviation, Western Farm Service, J-Har Logging, Trebar Dennis E Beeks, Harms Pacific Transport, Morrell Asphalt, and Roy N Carlson, Inc. In 2007, after his mother and step-father died, he decided to pursue his dream of being his own boss, getting back to where he loved; the woods. He bought a log truck and started, Roll On Trucking.
Rick loved the outdoors; fishing, gathering firewood, Sea-dooin' (losing flags), playing in the snow and going on mountain drives: all the things that are so great living in this part of the world! As work allowed, he would attended his children's sporting events, as he wanted to see his children try their hardest and do their best. Rick was very supportive of Scouts, with Steven going from a Cub all the way nearly making his Eagle. He was a big supporter to his children's 4-H and FFA projects.
In 2007, after watching his kids' and sisters involvement with hot air ballooning for several years, he tried it and got hooked himself! He was a crew member for various pilots including Kong and husband and wife team Scott & Laurie Spencer. His last event was 2010's Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Night Glow where he was part of center stage with the Coke Balloon.
Rick was a very giving person to complete strangers. One yearly activity that he thoroughly enjoyed and was an active participant from 1988 to 2006, was the Waitsburg Ministerial Christmas Basket program where he assisted gathering and assembling food baskets, blessing those in the community that needed an extra helping hand without them suspecting the gift.
After his wife became an EMT for Waitsburg Ambulance Service, he became a volunteer ambulance driver, even responding to a car wreck even though he was in the middle of having a non-normal heart attack himself.
He lived a full life in his short years, his one disappointment and concern was he would be thought less of for losing his battle from cancer and losing his log truck.
He is survived by his wife and three children at home, Christopher, Carolyn and Tyler and son Steven (Michelle) of Waitsburg. His Grandmother-
in-law, Mayfern Pease, Kent, Wash; father and mother- in- law, Rev. Jimmie and Nancy Daves, of Waitsburg; brother- in-law, Jimmie R Daves, Utah; Sister-in-law, Beth Daves, Spokane; Sister-in-law Debra (Baldwin)Hong, Walla Walla; Sister-in-law Cindy Daves, Waitsburg; Sister-in law Sandra (Joseph) Morrison, Richland; nieces and nephews, Timothy Daves, Megan & Theodore Morrison, and William & Sarah Hong. He was preceded in death by his father; mother; step-father; grandparents and his uncle Johnny Vermalen.