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Jeb J. Rosebrook

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Jeb J Rosebrook

Scottsdale - On August 31, 2018 Jeb John Rosebrook passed away peacefully, with his wife, son and daughter around him, at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a brief battle with congestive heart disease, anemia and cancer.

Jeb was born in New York City on June 11, 1935, to John "Jack" Baker Rosebrook and Genevieve "Jean" Fallon Rosebrook.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Jean; his in-laws William Frederick Fischer and Eunice Gray Fischer; sister-in-law Catherine Joan Fischer; and, brother-in-law Lt. Col. William Howard Fischer, USAF.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Eva Fischer Rosebrook of 58 years; his son Jeb Stuart Rosebrook (Julie); daughter Katherine Fallon Rosebrook Goode (Robert); grandchildren Jeb Alan Rosebrook, Kristina Corinne Rosebrook, Fallon Gray Goode and Jack Rosebrook Goode; his sister- and brother-in-law Elizabeth "Betty" Fischer Silva and Tony Silva; and sister-in-law Sonya Fischer, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Because of asthma, his parents sent him West to attend The Orme School, near Mayer, Arizona, from 1945 to 1949. After eighth grade he attended St. Leo's Preparatory School for Boys near Dade City, Florida, before returning to Orme in 1951. Rosebrook spent his summers living and working the vineyard at his parents' Falrose Farm, outside of Charlottesville, at Carter's Bridge.

He graduated from Orme School in 1953 and matriculated to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he studied English and journalism, and was a member of Delta Upsilon. After he graduated in 1957, Jeb moved to New York to pursue his career in the entertainment industry. After the passing of his mother, Jeb moved back to Arizona in 1958, where he began work in advertising at Diamond's Department Store in Phoenix, where he met Dorothy Fischer, who was working at the store. Two years later they were married in Phoenix on August 6, 1960.

In 1961, Jeb and Dorothy moved to Los Angeles, which began 47 years of living, working and raising a family in Southern California. Jeb was working for Foote, Cone and Belding advertising agency, when in 1965 he published his first novel, "Saturday." In 1967 he left advertising to pursue his lifelong goal of screenwriting for film and television. He renewed a friendship with friend, mentor and fellow writer, Earl Hamner, Jr. His friendship with Earl spanned 60 years and was a guiding light throughout Jeb's career. In 1970, Jeb had his greatest break in Hollywood when producer Joe Wizan optioned his story "Bonner" and commissioned Jeb's original screenplay "Junior Bonner" for actor Steve McQueen and director Sam Peckinpah. After the release of "Junior Bonner" in 1972, Jeb became a sought-after writer for episodic television, movies-of-the week, docudramas and Christmas specials.

In 1981, he partnered with well-known Hollywood producer Joe Bryne, and as a writing-producing team, they enjoyed a successful partnership until Jeb's passing. Over the course of his six-decade writing career, Jeb was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards, an Emmy, a Hugo and a Saturn. In addition to the Emmy nomination, he also received the prestigious the Christopher Award for "I Will Fight No More Forever: The Story of Chief Joseph."

In recent years, he returned to some of his favorite genres of writing: non-fiction, theater, novels and memoir. He was a contributing writer to "Arizona Highways" and "True West" and recently published novels "Purgatory Road," "Forever More" and with Nel Jeppsen, "No Man's Land." With Earl Hamner, he adapted The Waltons "The Conflict" into a stage play. His final book, completed with his son Stuart, was his highly personal memoir, "Junior Bonner: The Making of a Classic with Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah in the Summer of 1971".

Jeb's greatest joys in life centered around writing, storytelling, family and friends. He also had a great love of sports. An athlete, he played football and basketball in high school; he was the catcher for his advertising softball team; and was always an avid tennis player. He was a lifetime New York Yankees fan, but his heart belonged to his Brooklyn Dodgers and continued when they moved to Los Angeles. He and Dorothy loved to travel to visit family and friends, especially to see their children and grandchildren in the last 20 years.

In addition, Rosebrook taught screenwriting at Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College and served on The Orme School Board of Trustees for 40 years.

New Yorker; Southern Gentleman; Arizona Cowboy; L.A. Writer; and, always the optimistic Dreamer—Jeb will be missed by his beloved wife Dorothy, his children, grandchildren, extended family and the many who called him friend.

A funeral mass and celebration of life will be celebrated at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85012, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to The Jeb Rosebrook Vaquero Memorial Fund, The Orme School (, St. Leo Abbey (, Washington and Lee University (, the Writers Guild Foundation (, Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club (, Hospice of the Valley ( or to All Saints Episcopal Church (
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 9, 2018
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