1943 - Jan. 2, 2011
Biff Brotherton passed away at home in downtown Seattle on
Biff fought a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with Multiple Myeloma during which he continued to live life as he always had - on his own terms.
Biff was with his wife and soul mate, Leslie, and several of his children when he passed.
Family always came first to Biff. They were always central to his life. He and Leslie especially enjoyed the freedom of his retirement years to spend even more time with family and their growing brood of grandchildren. Nothing brought him more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren.
Family and friends know that Biff was a very strong, determined and optimistic personality; traits which were on full display as he fought his courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He cherished the incredible love, support and help of Leslie during this fight. And he constantly drew strength from the support of his children.
Biff reveled in his retirement. He and Leslie loved their downtown condo with its spectacular view of Elliot Bay, the Olympics, Pioneer Square and the Mainers and Seahawks stadiums. They loved to travel and did so extensively. In recent times they enjoyed their peaceful weekend get-a-way place on Camano Island.
Biff was a bigger than life presence who loved life, family and friends with great enthusiasm and energy. His ability to make people laugh was incredible. His trademark humor was ever present and helped him and Leslie throughout his illness.
After Leslie and family, Biffs life-long passion was Washington State University. His support for WSU Athletics and his close friendships with several WSU athletic directors are legendary. The Cougars' 1998 and 2002 Rose Bowl games were two of his favorite memories, as are every Cougar Apple Cup victory. He was a "Silver Cougar" for many years and received the prestigious "Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award" from the WSU Foundation in 2000, as well as was a WSU Laureate recipient.
All five of his children attended WSU and Leslie became an adopted Cougar in 2004.
Biff was born in Walla Walla in 1943 to Tex and Geneva (Dynamite) Brotherton. He was the third generation of the Brotherton family to live in Walla Walla, growing up with the Brotherton family traditions around Washington State University, bird hunting and WallaWalla wines. After high school graduation he attended WSU and then served for three years in the United States Marine Corps. In 1968 he joined his father in the family automobile business in Walla Walla. Three years later he opened up his own dealership, Sunshine Chevrolet Cadillac. He was very active in local and national auto dealer associations.
In 1984 he moved his family to Mercer Island and bought Frederick Cadillac in downtown Seattle which was eventually renamed Brotherton Cadillac. He added other automobile lines, notably the first Land Rover and Lexus dealerships in the State of Washington.
He sold Brotherton Cadillac to his son Brad and retired soon after.
Biff is survived by his loving wife, Leslie, his five children, Beth (Aaron) Swanson of Walla Walla, Kari of Seattle, Brad (Amy) of Mercer Island, Rob (Holly) of Bellevue and David of Los Angeles. Nine grandchildren: Josh 10, Casey 8, Adam 5, Gabe 1, Mary-Katheryn 9, Duke 9, Chaz 6 , Will 2 and Sawyer 7 months and his sister, Terry (Spike) Terhune of Sisters, Oregon.
Remembrances (or memorial gifts) can be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, J5-200, PO Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109 for multiple myeloma research or to Washington State University Athletics. Washington State University Athletic Foundation, PO Box 641602, Pullman WA 99164-1602.
Leslie and the family wish to extend their heartfeltappreciationto Dr. Pamela Becker and the amazing staff at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
A Celebration of Life for Biff is planned for Friday, January 14, 2011 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Avenue, Seattle.