Sheldon I. Brockett(1913 - 2014)

Brockett, Sheldon I. 09/11/1913 ~ 01/17/2014 SAN DIEGO -- Defined by his positive and generous spirit, Shelly Brockett served as a dear friend to a multitude of San Diegans during his vibrant 100 years of life. Shelly's magnetic personality inspired smiles and laughter from family and friends. Shelly died peacefully at his Mission Hills home on Friday, January 17th, surrounded by family. A San Diego native, Shelly was born in 1913 to Irving T. and Anna (Sheldon) Brockett. As a student at San Diego High School, Shelly was actively involved in music and dramatic extracurricular activities. A love for singing inspired him throughout his life, even resulting in a serenade at his 100th birthday party. He attended San Diego State University and graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1937. Following his graduation, he pursued a post graduate degree in oral surgery. While at USC he fell in love with another San Diegan, Helen Eastman, who would become his wife of 64 years. Following their time at USC, the young couple returned to San Diego to start their life together. Shelly was a leader in the San Diego dental community during his professional career which spanned over fifty years. He worked as a maxillofacial surgeon with offices in San Diego and El Cajon, and removed the wisdom teeth of countless San Diegans. He also served as the Chief of Dental Staff at University Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Grossmont Hospital. He served as president of the San Diego County Dental Society and the Southern California Society of Oral Surgeons. He was also a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. Shelly was also an engaged civic leader passionately dedicated to the improvement of San Diego - the city his family came to in 1883. He was an active member of San Diego Rotary (president from 1959-1960), and an active volunteer with the San Diego Historical Society where he helped to organize and catalog their photographic archive. He was also an active "social cowboy," with membership in both the DeAnza Trail Caballeros and the Los Senderos Trail Riders horseback groups. During his later years, Shelly lost much of his eyesight to glaucoma. As his eyesight worsened, Shelly wasn't able to participate in all the activities he once enjoyed; but he found new joy in "books on tape" provided by the Braille Institute. Despite the freedom he lost due to this ailment, he maintained his positive outlook on life and his jovial spirit. Shelly was preceded in death by his wife Helen, son Lawrence, and granddaughter Kristin. He is survived by a large family: his daughter Kathy (John) of Del Mar, son David (Sonja) of Del Mar, and daughter-in-law Claire of Palm Springs, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his wonderful caregivers Maggie, Connie, Ali and Ralph, and his faithful companion Luckie the Maltese. Please join us for a celebration of Shelly's life on Friday, January 31st, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego located in Mission Valley. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Trellises Garden Grille at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Shelly's name to the Friends of Balboa Park, Scripps Hospice or the Braille Institute of La Jolla.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 26, 2014