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William Brent Brophy
March 27, 1937-May 20, 2018
Residence of Santa Cruz
William (Bill/Will) Brent Brophy, naturalist extraordinaire, died on May 20, 2018 of a severe brain injury sustained as a result of a fall. He was 81. Bill is survived by his wife, Kay Clark, of Santa Cruz and by his daughter and son-in-law, Hillary and Jeff Jones of Shingletown, CA. His son, Sam, predeceased him in 2012.
Bill was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved as a child with his family to Redding, CA where he helped his father build the family home and established his lifelong relationship with nature and everything that it entailed. He received degrees from Berkeley and U.C. Davis. He lived in Santa Cruz, CA at the time of his death.
His legacy to his children, his friends and his many botany and ecology students over a 30 year teaching career at Chabot College was a love, appreciation and understanding of everything natural. After he retired, he wrote a popular nature column for the Ridge Rider News in Shingletown, CA. He also loved music and shared his astonishing 78 RPM record collection with his friends, children and wife. The sounds of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and more blessed his home wherever he was.
Bicycling was more than a hobby with Bill. He had four bicycles most of the time and biked across California whenever he could. Finally, he was a runner. The first time he met his wife, Kay, at a party, he told her he had totaled as many running miles as the circumference of the earth. I was interested.
Memorial on Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 PM at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 3, 2018
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