Richard Arthur Brooks passed away suddenly on Sunday at the age of 77. He lived a good, happy life doing the things he loved and surrounded by people who loved him.
Richard was born in Brooklyn, New York City, NY and joined the Navy in 1959. After serving 4 years active duty in the Navy, he transferred military service to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served another 16 years of active duty service, including a 1-year combat tour in Vietnam, ultimately retiring as a Quartermaster Senior Chief. Not content to merely sit back and enjoy an easy retirement life, he then went on to volunteer for more than 20 years as a mechanic and unofficial general manager at Pine Meadows Golf Course. Still not one to dawdle, Richard joined Sons in Retirement (Mt. Diablo Branch 8) in 2012 and was quickly adopted to serve as their audiovisual director for branch activities and special events. Sailor, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend…he was there for everyone, always willing to roll up his sleeves and fix anything that was broken. His family was everything to him. He enjoyed golfing, spending time with family and friends, and watching Avatar.
Richard is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Sharon; children John Brooks (Nerriza), Kim Carjuzaa (Jean-Pierre), and Spring Youngman (Ken); grandchildren Melek Brooks, Cameron Gaebler (Leif), Nicolas Carjuzaa, Christophe Carjuzaa, Jessica Brooks, Alexis Brooks, and Corey Brooks; great-granddaughter Sally Gaebler; siblings Faith Gilbert, Robert Brooks, Daniel Brooks, Dawn Grasso, Robin Blakely, Kenneth Brooks, and Dorothy Clark; and his precious Yorkie, Jingles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Brooks, Sr. and Rose Brooks, and by his brothers Ronald Brooks, Charles Brooks, and Thomas Brooks.
A private family-only service will be held at a local Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery, followed by a friends-and-family Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Youth Families, Wounded Warrior Project, and/or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.