David W. Brooks, born February 5, 1924 passed away January 23, 2016 at home in Elk Mountain, Wyoming. David was born in Elk Mountain to William Henry Brooks and Camilla Miltilda (Hansen) Brooks. He attended school from 1st grade through 12th at the Elk Mountain School. After high school he attended Mechanics Tech School in Laramie and training in diesel engineering in Denver. After school David went to work in the ship yards in Tacoma Washington. Upon returning to Elk Mountain he married the love of his life and soul mate "MOM" Louis Hope Buckendorf on June 22, 1943. In May of 1944 David joined the Navy. He completed his training at NTC, Farragut, Idaho and served on the destroyer, USS Abbot in the 7th Fleet out of Bremerton, Washington as fire control technician. During his service, he received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal 1ST star, the Philippine Liberation Medal 1St star, and a World War II Victory Medal. David was honorably discharged in February of 1946 and returned to Elk Mountain and his family. Over the years, he worked in the woods as a logger, in sawmills, on ranches and as a water well driller. David retired from the Carbon County Road and Bridge after 19 years of employment. He served as the Elk Mountain town marshal for many years and volunteered on the city fire department as a fire fighter for 35 years. David was also a member of the Odd Fellows Fraternity for many years and a life time member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. After retirement he found great joy in wood working and made many items for his children and grandchildren and own home. David was an avid outdoors man and had a great love of camping, hunting, fishing and arrow head hunting. While participating in all of these activities he was being a father and mentor to all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. David is also known for the love of auctions and buying and not so much selling vehicles. David was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Edna Herman Boles and Margrette Herman Livingston Coffee, his daughter Evelyn Ann Brooks Jacobsen, granddaughter Tammy Louise Wilhelm, and great granddaughters, Natasha Ranee Lee Manning and Christian Ann Louise Manning. David is survived by his wife of 72 years Louise Hope Buckendorf Brooks, four children, Karolyn, Linda, David and wife Shelley, and Don and wife Teresa, his grandchildren, Jim, Joe and Ron that he and Louise raised as their own children after the death of their daughter. He is also survived by his brother, Fred Brooks, 12 other grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 12 great great -grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life and memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2016 at the Old Carbon Cemetery followed by a luncheon at Elk Mountain Park. David will be greatly missed by his family and many great friends.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:00am
Old Carbon Cemetery
ELK MOUNTAIN, WY