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“Shirley- My thoughts are with you and the family. He will be missed ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Betty J Koch - Asotin, WA

“Hi so sorry to hear about Jack. Our thoughts are with you and the family, love to you ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Darlene and Bud Somers - WA

“Sad that we where unable to attended. We had so many great times with both you Shirley and Jack he will be missed. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Al and Cheryl Harper - Kennewick, WA

“We received the notice a short time ago and would like to let the Elma Lions and Mrs. Brooks how sorry we are to have received this news. We could...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Greer Sec Long Beach Wa Lions Club - WA

“Shirley: I just read the notice in the online Aberdeen World..... we are sorry for your loss... he was a great guy and classmate....don / betty ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Don Scoralle - CA

“Shirley, sad to read about Jack, brings back many fond memories of Monday nights at the Elk's club when my dad and I got to see the two of you....Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Gary Iversen - Ocean Shores, WA

“I worked with Jack for many years at the mill. Please accept my condolences. Rest in peace Jack. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Claude - WA

“Shirley -- Please accept my sincere condolences. Shirley (Bill) McSperitt ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Shirley McSperitt - Roseburg, OR

“Thanks for being part of my life and for being a wonderful grandfather to my kids. We will all miss you terribly. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Beverly Baker-Brooks - WA


John W. "Jack" Brooks, a lifelong Grays Harbor resident died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He was 78. Jack was born May 15, 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington to Seth Wade and Olive Laura (Sutton) Brooks. He grew up in Aberdeen and is a graduate of Weatherwax High School and Grays Harbor Community College with an Associates of Arts Degree. Jack worked many years for Grays Harbor Paper before going to work at Grays Harbor Community College as a Counselor for retraining millworkers. He married Shirley Blanche Dotson on July 4, 1977 in Reno, Nevada. She survives him at the family home in Elma. Jack served in the United States Naval Reserve. He was very involved in the betterment of his community. He was secretary/treasurer for the Elma/McCleary Lions, member of Grays Harbor 2020, committee member of Coastal Community Action Program, member of Elma Eagles, past Exalted Ruler of Elks Post #593, board member for the Elma Senior Center, board member for the Group Home in Aberdeen, co-planner of Clearwater Reunions and drove cars for Whitney's. Jack was a "rock hound", enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, and socializing with family and friends. In addition to his wife, Shirley, Jack is survived by his children; Jerry (Cyndy) Lamphiear of Fairfield, CA, Greg (Bev) Brooks of Federal Way, John C. Brooks of Elma, Laura (Bob) Hirsche of Sheridan, WY, Jean (Brian) Braaten of Aberdeen, Stephen Lamphiear of Elma, Donna (Carl) Robbins, Aberdeen and Cheryl (Darrel) Norton also of Aberdeen. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley (Norm) Billups of Florida, 16 grandchildren and 10 Great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael W. Brooks in 1998. Visitation will be from 3-4PM Saturday, January 5, 2013 followed by a celebration of Jack's life at 4PM at Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Elma/McCleary Lions.

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