On August 20, 1984 in Yankton, South Dakota, Bob and Kris Anne Christenson gifted the world a son, R. Brooks Christenson. He was the oldest of four children. Brooks left this world on June 8th, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital due to complications from pneumonia.
After Brooks' birth the family moved from Vermillion, South Dakota to Sioux Falls where Brooks was educated in the Sioux Falls Public School System at Longfellow Elementary, Patrick Henry Middle School and Lincoln High School where Brooks graduated in 2003. Brooks was an All-State soccer goalie for Lincoln High School and traveled to Europe with the United Soccer Club.
After high school Brooks spent a year abroad on a Rotary Exchange Program in Romania living with the Schiau family. He went on to graduate from the University of South Dakota (USD) Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations.
While attending USD, Brooks worked as a Research Assistant in the Government Research Bureau. His work included research on Disparate Sentencing in the Native American Community, Project Safe Neighborhoods: Domestic Gun Violence in South Dakota, and Job Task Analysis of South Dakota Law Enforcement Personnel. USD Professor Emeritus Dr. Steve Feimer shared that Brooks was one of the best research assistants he has worked with in his 30 years at the University of South Dakota.
Brooks attended USD School of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 2012. USD Law Professor Thomas Horton described Brooks well by writing, "Brooks was a beautiful person, who brought joy to all of us who had the pleasure of getting to know him. I still remember the first day of school, when Dean Vickrey had each of the 1Ls introduce themselves to the assembled faculty and new students. Dean Vickrey asked each of the new students to talk briefly about something they enjoyed in life such as a hobby. Brooks broke the tension in the courtroom by wryly stating that he 'enjoyed long walks on the beach'. Brooks was kind, caring, and generous, and incredibly intelligent. He was an active member of our trial team, and a great addition to each class he took."
In 2015, Brooks graduated from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies with a Master's Degree in Organizational Management, Global Health, and Political Theory. Most recently, he was a consultant through his business RBC Consulting, LLC. serving as a grant writer and advisor for non-profits. He worked on leading efforts to combat global poverty. This work resulted in a trip to Africa.
Brooks was committed to doing what he could to promote a healthy environment by riding his bicycle whenever he could – summer or winter.
Brooks had a passion for music, politics, traveling, good food, crafting beer, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Most recently, Brooks collaborated with Badger Clark Publishing Company and supervised the publication of two books, Clark Stories and Rattlesnake Summer. He was an esteemed member of the Badger Clark Poetry Club and a Badger Clark Foundation Board of Directors member.
Brooks was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Burton and Jean Christenson, and Albert Bot, his uncles Jono Bot and David Christenson Sr., and his cousins Libby Fritsch and Thomas England. He is survived by his adoring parents, Bob and Kris Anne Christenson (Sioux Falls), his brother, Jono (Sioux Falls), and his sisters, Kaitlin (Denver, CO) and MarieClaire (Sioux Falls). As well as countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Badger Clark Foundation, 400 North Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota or the charity of your choice
that positively impacts the lives of others, which would be Brooks' wish.
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A visitation will be held Monday, June 14, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5500 East 57th St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with lunch to follow.