Brooks Scofield Sr. peacefully passed away on April 29, 2017, at the age of 96, in Tempe, Arizona, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Wilbert and Mary Scofield. He was a 1938 graduate of Gerstmeyer High School. He married Marian Zachary in 1943. He called Lake Isabella, California, his home for many years during retirement until moving to Mesa, Arizona, in 2005. Previous homes included Indiana, Florida and Southern California.
Brooks Sr. served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a radar and radio operator, with tours in the Galapagos Islands and Tucson, Arizona. He was honored with two bronze stars. His years in the Army Air Corps started him on a path that led to a long career in aerospace as a brilliant engineer, working at RCA, Lockheed, General Dynamics, North American and other leading-edge companies.
His family often said that Sr. "was born with a slide rule in his hand" and his work in technology contributed to the moon landing and the black boxes in modern cockpits. Brooks remained interested in all things technical throughout his life, building his own crystal radio at age 13, and was a computer user until 96. Brooks was a ham radio operator and instructor for over 70 years. He loved road trips. Growing a garden brought him peace and fresh veggies. His two cats, "George" and "George the Second," brought him an insight to the gentle part of life.
Brooks Scofield Sr. was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Todd Zachary, in 2005, also of Terre Haute, Indiana; and a son, Wayne Todd Scofield, of Gulfport Florida; his brother, Jack Scofield; and sister-in law, Helen Scofield of Terre Haute Indiana. He is survived by his son, Brooks Scofield Jr. and wife, Johnie, of Chandler, Arizona; daughter, Barbara Belk and husband, Carrol, of Colfax, California; daughter, Betty Bruckner and her partner, Nikko Hansen, of Chandler, Arizona; daughter-in law, Susan Scofield of Gulfport, Florida; and grandchildren, Adrianne Fustich and husband, Jeffery, of Littleton, Colorado; Dianne Thomas and husband, Simon, of Chandler, Arizona; Katharine Barney and husband, Ammon, of Chandler, Arizona; Robert Scofield of Chandler, Arizona; and Matthew Scofield and wife, Kristina, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Scofield also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Austin Johnson, Paige and Brooke Thomas, Haylee and Jaclyn Fustich, Lillian and Trevor Barney, and Isaac Scofield. He is survived by his nieces, Jacquelyn Seddelmeyer and husband, John; and Nancy Geiger and husband, Leonard; grand-nieces, Julia Vaughn and her husband, John; and Jennifer Kenzor and husband, A.J., all of Terre Haute, Indiana; grand-nephew, Andrew Geiger of Indianapolis, Indiana; great-great-nephew, Taylor Vaughn of Avon, Indiana; and great-great-nieces, Brittany Vaughn and Gretta Kenzor of Terre Haute, Indiana, all of whom will keep his memory.
Services and internment will be at a later date. Contributions in his memory can be made to Volunteers of America Tempe, Arizona. Our sincere appreciation to the Volunteers of America, Westchester Senior Living and Tivoli Manor staff in Tempe for their exceptional care during the last year of his life.
Published on May 6, 2017