Bill passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at age 54 of a heart attack in North Hollywood, CA. He was born April 3, 1959 at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam to CDR. William K. and Jeanette D. Brooks who named him after his father, and his maternal and paternal grandfathers. In 1960 CDR. Brooks retired from the US Navy and the family lived temporarily in San Diego, CA, with a lengthy visit to Texas to meet his paternal grandmother and other relatives residing in San Antonio. The family moved permanently to Anchorage in February 1961. William attended Anchorage schools, PK-6th grades at Tom Thumb Montessori School, Central Jr. High and West Anchorage High School where he completed graduation requirements in January 1976. He enrolled full time at Alaska Methodist University (now Alaska Pacific University) for the spring 1976 semester and then attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage part time over the next several years. He later transferred his credits to Oregon State University where he completed a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in June 1981.
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Bill has not lived in Anchorage since 1984 but friends may remember him from school days or as their Anchorage Times paperboy while attending Central Jr. High, or as a Nordstrom's salesman in ladies shoes and men's wear during high school and college years. After his graduation from OSU he returned to Anchorage where he was employed as a salesman by Multi-Visions, Anchorage's pioneer cable network. Later he joined the KRKM Radio DJ staff where he applied his love of rock and roll and DJ experiences from OSU days when he worked at a Corvallis radio station. In 1984 he also worked briefly as a salesman for EERO Volkswagen.
In 1984 Bill decided to continue his post secondary education in the field of applied sciences and that fall enrolled at DeVry Institute of Technology, Phoenix, Arizona, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Applied Science, Electronic Engineering. In 1988 he was employed as an engineer by Hughes Aircraft's Satellite Division in El Segundo, CA. When Boeing acquired Hughes in 2000, Bill continued his chosen career working his way up to the position of Design and Analysis Engineer. He received many awards for his outstanding performance throughout his career with both companies for a combined total of over 25 years at the time of his death.
While working at Hughes, Bill met and married the love of his life, Melinda Bateman on June 25, 1994 at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, California. This June 25th would have been their 19th wedding anniversary. His California friends remember him as an intellectual, a man of many talents, quick wit, and people skills, a wonderful cook, dancer, and poet. Always somewhat adventuresome he continued his enjoyment of skiing and flying his ultra-lite plane after moving to California, adding hiking, paragliding and scuba diving to his activities. He loved traveling and did much of this in connection with his work in the satellite industry but enjoyed most of all those vacations with Melinda when they traveled afar to Australia, Bali, Europe, Jamaica as well as cruises on the Pacific Ocean and visits to Mexico.
Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Earl Randal and Mary Grafton Brooks of San Antonio; Carl and Doris Jenkins of Anchorage; his father, and his uncle, C. Edward Jenkins of Anchorage. He is survived by his loving wife, Melinda Bateman Brooks of North Hollywood CA; his mother, Jeanette D. Brooks of Anchorage, AK, and his half-brother and sister, Randal Brooks and Janet Brooks of Dallas and Austin TX respectively.
A private Celebration of Bill's Life was held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the home of close family friends Ron and Brenda Ayers, of Valley Village, CA. It was attended by many family, friends, and a large number of Bill's co-workers from Boeing.
Arrangements were made by Rice Mortuary of Torrance, CA.
Published in adn.com from July 7 to July 8, 2013