Brooks Christenson
1984 - 2021
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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.

If you have any photos or stories you would like to share with the family, we ask that you please e-mail them to rememberingbrooks@gmail.com. A hard-copy book containing all that is shared will be made for the family, and the e-mail account will be given to them so that they have digital copies of all that is provided.

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.

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Published in KELOLAND from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2021.
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June 18, 2021
KrisAnne and family,
I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your son. I pray for peace for you all, and that you can be comforted by many happy memories. You’ve always been a special person in my life..may God Bless you all.
Sheree (Ahrendt) Gross
Friend
June 15, 2021
Bob and Kris Anne and family, I am so sorry to hear about Brooks. I have many fond memories of playing with the many kids that were a part of my parents' friend group in Sioux Falls, including Brooks. It sounds like Brooks turned into a fine young man who shared his gifts and love with others. May your memories of him lift you up during this difficult time. Sincerely, Erin Hoffman (daughter of John and Ginny Clementson)
Erin Hoffman
June 15, 2021
Bob and Kris Anne and family,
There are no words but know heartfelt sympathy accompanies this note. What a lovely young man you brought into this world. He did in a short time what takes most of us a lifetime.
God Bless you all and Sustain you all.

Sincerely,
Mary Wagner Lambert
CHS 67
Mary Lambert
Classmate
June 14, 2021
I went to law school with Brooks. He was a very nice person, and mild mannered, except during our racquetball battles that we would have at the dome on the USD campus. He was a fierce competitor when it came to racquetball. It's sad to see such a genuine and kindhearted person leave us. I wish the best for his family and friends during this time.
Jason Sweeney
Classmate
June 14, 2021
KrisAnne, Bob, Jono, Kaitlin and MarieClaire
We are sending you as much love and strength as we can. Brooks was always a rare ray of sunshine no matter the time or situation. Any soccer road trip was better when he was in the back seat of the van. May his love and the love of family and friends sustain you. May God’s love grant you peace.
Rick and Deana Barth
Friend
June 14, 2021
Kris Anne and family,
My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. May the Lord God lift you and your family up. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Peggy Baney
Peggy Baney
Coworker
June 14, 2021
Dear Kris Anne,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious son. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. You remain in my prayers.
Maggie Phalen
Maggie Phalen
June 14, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Christenson Family. Bob and Kris Anne, thank you for giving the world such a wonderful gift. Brooks was a bright, outstanding young man who touched the hearts of everyone he met. May his soul be in God's right hand.
Steve Feimer, Whitney, and Karen
Teacher
June 13, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of your Loss and wish to express our deepest sympathy. May your Faith and Friends comfort you in this difficult time, and may God's grace remain with you always. Danny and Patty Sprouse
Danny Sprouse
Friend
June 13, 2021
Brooks was a kind, gentle, brilliant, and engaging young boy and man. Brooks greeted me with a bright smile and a sweet hug every single time I saw him. God Bless you and keep you! May God's peace that passes all understanding comfort you and keep you safe until we meet again.
Sandy Henry
June 13, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to your family
Loren and Linda Koepsell
Neighbor
June 13, 2021
My Heart is broken and as Peter, Deb and I discussed, Brooks was like a Son for us. Bob, Kris Anne and family my thoughts and many Prayers go out to you now and in the days ahead. Brooks is one in a million and will be missed by all of us.
Colleen Stich
Friend
June 12, 2021
With deepest sympathy, Kris Anne and family. So very sorry for your loss!
Linda Kolb
June 12, 2021
I remember Brooks at three years old as the ambassador to our neighborhood when we moved in. He came over to play with my son right away, and they were soon competing over who could jump the farthest. Now grown into a wonderful adult, his going is an unbearable loss.
Cheryl Hartman
Neighbor
June 12, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ruth Krueger
Friend
June 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Kris Anne, I never had the pleasure of knowing your son, but it sounds like he was a great man. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Dean Lorenzen
Friend
June 11, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. God's strength upon all of you KrisAnne and the family
Jerry Huber
Friend
June 11, 2021
Kris Anne and family, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Nadine Amundson
June 11, 2021
Kris Anne----So terribly sorry to hear about your son. Please know that our prayers are with you and your family. Tom and Liz Sedlacek
Tom & Liz Sedlacek
June 11, 2021
Kris Anne and family--I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved Brooks. I keep you all close to my heart and in my prayers. You are dearly loved. Peggy Martin
Peggy Martin
Friend
June 11, 2021
I'm so saddened to hear of Brooks death. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Mary Avair
June 10, 2021
There are no adequate words. But we send our love and prayers. God will sustain you and your family.
Denise Austad
Friend
June 10, 2021
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June 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful young man. I will love you and miss you always. I have many great memories of you as you were growing up.
Rita Blake
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