- 73 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 7, 1938
- Place of birth:
Los Angeles, California, United States
- Date of passing: Sep 28, 2011
- Place of passing:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|Let the memory of Donald be with us forever|
"Ray and Gay sent me a text today that was sweet.
Forever Missed we think of you often and especially today with prayers of peace and comfort.
It's hard to believe that Don left his earthly home for heaven 5 yrs ago.
May you be filled with cherished memories that put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
Also got a wonderful texted from Deb and a sweet phone call from Susan.
Don you made such an impression on people's lives you would not believe.
I miss you and always will. Love and God bless my coming and goings."
"well another year has passed, still miss you everyday. Its always catches me off guard when I get notification from my phone, saying its your Dad's Birthday today. I start thinking about all of the hikes and adventures we had. It makes all the difference in the world as I spend time with Tyler, knowing how special it is.
Love you.... POP!"
"Well today would've been your 78th birthday. It's been five years since you've been gone gone and I still miss you. It's not fun to be alone but of course that's being selfish. I know you with the Lord and that makes me happy .
I'm up in big bear California in a delightful place that you would've loved too.
Enjoying company and the peace and the quiet and the lovely sound of the breeze through the trees plus all the wonderful smells of pine. I just know you're hiking all of her heaven, because that's what we would be doing here. Love you as always"
"During his times in Hacienda Heights, my Uncle Don was always helpful to family, friends and neighbors. We miss him but are lifted by remembering all his contributions to us."
"Uncle Don had many roles and titles. We called him teacher, mentor, scout and man of solutions – basically a MacGyver at times.
For example, Uncle Don modified a 1980sToyota motor home into a gadget filled wonder for family fun.
I definitely miss him."
"Vonnay, Don was a great friend and colleague of Froy Tiscareno and a good friend of mine at MSAC. I know you must miss him and now I am missing Froy. To my great sorrow, Froy passed away Sept 3, 2015. I feel a big hole in my life and am so lucky to have our girls. Love, Millie"
"Hi Daddy, I miss you so much. I think you often and the "Definitive Christian Gentlemen" that was used to describe you. Mom and you were truly blessed by God to find each other in this world and share your love together. Ashley and I lit a candle this morning for you, we decided to let it burn all day in remembrance. We discussed you and the book of Daniel, since I have been reading it lately. I am trying to instill in my kids, the love of Jesus, reading God's Word and the hope that one day they will accept His love in their hearts. I don't know if I'm doing it right, but God is in control and he will decide on their timing. I want us all to be together in heaven. I truly miss you!! Love Dannielle Joy XOXO"
"Well Don its been 4 yrs today of your passing...The days go by slowing but the years fast. This year has been a year I have experienced Christ, so much. I traveled to Europe and many times felt your presence with me. But I went to OR, MN and CO for 3 weeks, what a blessing. In MN meeting by cousin Dorothy and Guy was such a delight. I listened to them for 9 hrs. with my jaw dropped open at their life stories and how God worked in their lives. I came home praising the Lord in so many ways.
Also the books I have read, explaining heaven, I just knew they were true. I knew you would be HIKING all over heaven. What a joyous feeling I have had with that.
Also the blessing I received from the Lord on your birthday, I still cry over what the Lord showed me that day. Don I miss you.
Thank goodness for the blessing of the Lord on my life. Love"
"Wow Don time passes so quickly, but does not diminish my feelings for you. I feel you at times in my thoughts and of course my dreams.
I finally made the trip you and I wanted to go on, from Romania to Amsterdam, a river cruise, I thought of you soooo often. At times it was hard, but the Lord is always there to help me, and I so appreciate HIS presences Honey I love you and miss you"
I miss you so much and think of you often. Today, the kids and I celebrated your 77th birthday. We made you chocolate brownies. Happy Birthday Daddy!!! I continue to grow my faith everyday. I am praying much and have asked The Lord to grow His love and faith in my children. I know you are keeping watch over us in heaven. I Love You so much!!! Your daughter, Dannielle Joy"
"Heaven is REAL! Don is there with our Lord waiting for us. He is never far from my thoughts. I am thankful for my big brother. Praise God for Don and the legacy he left with three beautiful children and for a thousand generations to come. God promised to "show his love to a thousand generations of those who love him" (Exodus 20:6) and the Lord "remembers the word he commanded for a thousand generations". Gay and I joyfully celebrate our love for the Lord, and for Don, with Vonnay, Jeff and Denise, Chad and Terri, and Dannielle."
"Whenever I think back on my childhood, and the many great times visiting the mountains which I have now called home for the past 26 years, Don Brook is a part of those memories. For me, his greatest gift, was giving his time to kids like me, who've grown into men that are paying his love and passions forward. Well done Don...good and faithful servant."
"Wow, Don. time does march on.....this is the day you went home to the Lord. No way could I ever forget the day or you. You were my sweetie, and the love of my life and I do miss you. Time heals but doesn't forget. I am in the Lord's hands, it is the only place I feel safe and secure, thank goodness,
Had a surprise this week, Margaret Clark die and also went home to the Lord. I just feel you would have greeted her too. Don I love you and truly miss you. As always I rely on Psalms 37V5 Commit everything you to the Lord and trust in Him to help you and he will. Love Vonna"
"Uncle Don was always so helpful. I remember in 1985 he taught me basic statistics for a physics class I was taking at CalPoly. He made it fun and interesting. I truly miss you uncle Don."
"My big brother is never far from my thoughts and memories always flood my mind on special events, like his birthday this past Monday. We celebrated the day, like Dannielle and other family members. Don was my mentor from birth to forever. He was always going ahead of me, preparing the way and sharing with me. He went to be with the Lord almost three years ago and those words Jesus spoke to his disciples (John 14) ring in my ears, as not only from Jesus but I imagine them being said to me from my brother: "Do not let your heart be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you"........Don, I know you are there and I look forward to seeing you again whenever Jesus says to me "Come!" I love you brother>"
"Happy birthday, Don. Miss you and your wit and smile. See you when we all get to heaven. Sharon and Butch"
"It's been 2 yrs since you left to be the Lord. I was recalling your memorial service where you were defined by your friend as a Definitive Christian Gentleman. Your strength and faith in God defined you as a man. I am growing my strength and faith & I know you would be so proud. My goal is to baptize my kids as you had always asked for. I still want to make you proud. I love &missyou dad"
"Today would have been your 48th Anniversary. God blessed your marriage. Song of Solomon 6:3 I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. In your marriage you loved and respected each other through words and actions. Both of you showed a marriage through Christ. I am grateful that God delivered me into your hearts to grow up with such wonderful parents. I love you and miss you Dad!"
"Danniellie, Zack and Ashley baked you a birthday cake Don for your
75th.. It was so darling I posted it on your photo. Makes me sad but happy too.. Lord take care of him, I miss him"
"Happy 75th birthday Daddy!!! I miss you so much. Pastor's sermon today talked about you and the seasons of life. He reminded us that God said life is short and to choose to be joyous today. It's hard because I miss you dearly, but I know I will see you again in heaven. I will light 75 candles on your cake and celebrate your life and my memories of you with the kids. Love you lots Daddy!!!"
"No stories to add, but a quick note to say that he has been and will always be pleasantly remembered.
"Daddy... I miss you so much!! I was compelled to come be with mom during this very difficult day today. We have been reading your journals, looking at pictures and sharing memories of you. I'm in such need of your strength, wisdom, compassion, love and support. I know you are still in my life watching over me. I love you dad!"
"Hello Dad, I cant believe its been 1 year. I have missed you sooo much! As I play with Tyler, there are so many memories that flood back to me..... Riding my bike and day hikes with the Cub Scouts. You are included into all my memories..... The smile comes back....
I love you dad!"
"Well today would have been our 47th Ann. I miss you so deeply, in that I know you are with our Lord and Savior, but still doesn't quench my feelings of you. How I loved you, I miss you so much, my sweetie. God will and is taking care of me and I truly know that. If you were here I would have baked your favorite, Apple Pie..Love you, your ever-loving wife. It almost 1 yr since you left"
"Happy Anniversary Daddy! The other day on the digital frame, I saw a picture you took of mom at the waterfall in Maui...the month long trip to celebrate your 25th anniversary. I closed my eyes and felt I could see you grinning at her. You both loved, cherished and honored each other everyday of your life together. I am truly blessed and grateful to have such wonderful parents. I miss u!!!"
"I miss you so much Daddy. I thought about you all day today on your birthday. Ashley and I sung Catalina Madelina and laughed at the lyrics. I told her that you taught me the song and I am teaching it to her. I love you and I will keep you forever in my heart. XOXO"
"Some of us in the Department are saying goodbye to Chris McDonald as Department chair today. How appropriate to remember Don today! I sure do miss his gentle presence in the Math Department. He was well loved by his students and his colleagues...."
"Vonnay, Jeff, Chad & Dannielle: You are in my thoughts today, as we all celebrate Don's Birth 74 years ago and his life which showed love to each of us, forever a bright shining light. It is such a joy to remember favorite times with him. His smile reminds me my brother had a special gift to tease me with humor and make me laugh. Cherish the memories!!!"
"Vonnay, it doesn't seem possible that a year has already passed since Don's passing. He will be in our thoughts today as we remember this as his birthday. We are happy to see that you are doing well and moving forward as I'm sure Don would have wanted for you. He has been missed and will continue to be by all his friends. All our love."
"On this day we will be thinking of you as we do our exercising. You will alway be remember for your wonderful stories and making us laugh.
Verna and Roy"
"I was climbing in the Valley last week, and thought of Don and all of our wonderful trips there with him back in the day. Those are some of the best memories of my life, and Don was such a huge part of those special times. I will never forget him. Love to you all!"
"Joe Terrei from Mt Sac.
I am so sorry for your loss. Don influenced my career by showing me the importance of having a strong set of values as well as patience.
"Michelle Johnson from Mt Sac.
Vonnay, My prayers are with you. Don was a great mentor to new professors. Always kind and patient . I will miss him."
"Joe Franko from Mt Sac.
Vonnay we all miss Don and his gentle ways. Please remember how well loved he was here at MSAC."
"Debbie Williams from Mt Sac.
Vonnay, Don was a wonderful man. He was my teacher and inspired me to major in Math When I was his office assistant, he was always patient and kind. I am deeply saddened by his loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time."
"Jennifer Galbraith from Mt. Sac.
Vonnay, My thought are with you in this time of loss. Don was a great man. He was an inspiration to me when I started my career here at Mt Sac, Our department was a better place because of him."
"The Balance Center of Las Vegas is blessed with knowing Don and Vonnay Brooks. They are a testament to what loving, sharing and devotion are meant to be. Don is in a better place and now Vonnay can focus on her health and wellness with Don putting in a good word for her! Thanks for being in our lives...you are in our prayers!"
"My heart reaches out to you and your family in your time of grief. I am very saddened by the passing of Don and I will cherish the times I spent with him. Donald will be missed very much. I pray for you and your family to find peace in knowing he is at rest now and will greet them one day. God bless you Vonnay"
"with Deepest Sympathy, thinking of you, sharing your sadness. We Loved Uncle Don for his humor, wit, kindness and generosity. We will miss him.
Love Sandy and Hall
Hal spoke of Don at the service in Grass Valley"
"I am ever grateful to Don and Vonnay for helping me continue my love for sailing and the outdoors by the use of their sailboat. I will remember Don as a gracious and loving person, who used his capabilities and assets to help others. Thankyou for your life."
"Don was loved by so many. Even though we didn'y see him often, we treasure the time we spent with you two.I know he was welcomed with open arms by God. ove ya"
"I will truly miss Don. I always loved hearing the stories that Don told me about Doug and his brothers and the love that he had for them. Wendi and Jerome also express there love and thoughts for you and the family."
"We are so sorry for the loss fot so many of Don's gentle smile. He was indeed a gentle, gentleman. God's blessings for the whole family in your loss. Love Herb and Glenda"
"My memories of Don. We camped together and he loved the outdoors. He wouild say, "How can there not be a God with all of the beauty surrounding us?" He was a man of God and a fantastic husband and father and friend. Tell Jack hello for me."
"To me, Don always had a pleasant disposition, with a wry and dry sense of humor, meant to make the listener think, as well as smile. He was more interested in focusing on what was best for a situation, rather than what might, or might not, be popular. A humble, gentle person."
"Vonnay, from all of us here at SIENA our deepest condolences. I feel honored just to have met Don, a man with such strength and passion about what he has achieved throughout his life. Just wanted to say I will never forget Don saying, " A plus B is?" And the answer is C. Takecare"
"I am sorry to find out that Don has passed away. I enjoyed working with him at Mt. SAC. I also enjoyed hiking with him up Mount Baldy, Mt Whitney, and Mt San Jacinto. Don was always kind and helpful to me and a good hiking pal."
"Vonna, Was able to do this if I clicked on the Facebook option. Love U."
"We will miss you Uncle Don, but know your rejoicing with our Lord. We loved your sense of humor and your gentle spirit. You were such a good example of a godly man and we learned so much from you. We will miss you so much. All our love to you and our dear Aunt Vonna."
"Always a warm, pleasant feeling to visit with Don. He never lost his sense of humor, that twinkle in his eye, his gift of listening and then replying with light-hearted, sincere, wisdom. He was funny and sweet and interesting, and also strong. He loved his family! He'll be missed"
"Don started telling jokes at Parkinson's exercise class. Now it has become a ritual. Everytime a joke is told, Don is remembered for his humor and kindness. He is forever remembered in our class."
Hey Aunt Vonnay so sorry to here about Uncle Don my prayers are with you and the whole family. I am planning on moving from Alabama to St. George Utah this next June so I will be able to come visit you being just an hour and a half away... Let me know if I can do anything.
""We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:7-8) Don is with Jesus. God's peace will strengthen and sustain us."
"As a student, I took Algebra with Don Brook in the early 90's. He was a gentle spirit and his passion for Mathematics was evident. I will always remember Mr. Brook doing his twenty push-ups before each class. I wish I could have gotten to know him better--God Bless!"
"I'm so sorry for the loss you, your family and all of us who knew Don have experienced. 20 years ago I was a new faculty at Mt SAC. Don was always available to answer questions and help in any way he could. Thanks for reminding me of how much Don meant to all of us here at MSAC!"
"Dear Vonnay Betty and I Wish this kind of day would never come to our loved ones, But the Good Lord has told us that life would not be eary. I was not a blood member of this family but Don always made me feel like a brother and I will always hold that dear."
"Dearest Vonnay, I will remember Don as a sweet, gentle man...and a good bridge player. He will be missed by all who knew him."
"Vonnay, I was a personal witness to Don's suffering during the last few months...and also to the magnificent support you gave him. He was so lucky to have such a strong Christian woman as his wife and support. It was so nice seeing him at Conservative Club meetings."
"Vonna..Froy called me today and told me about Don. I hope your heart is not heavy with sadness, but still filled with love, even though he will be sorely missed. I am sorry his last years were not what you both wished, but it is what it was. Love you both, Millie"
"Vonna, In reading all the previous messages I see that Don was so lovd by everyone. We also enjoyed his humor and his smile. I know how much you will miss him. Bill and I pray for God's strength to hlep you through the time to come till we meet in heaven. Butch and Sharon"
"So sorry to hear of Don's passing, but feel that he has gone to a better place where there is no more pain or misery. Thoughts and prayers go out to you, Vonna, and your family! God be with you!"
Sheila and I are so sorry for your loss. Don touched our souls and we will always remember him in our prayers. The world is a sadder place without him."
"My Dad had a good life and I will miss him a lot. But he lives on because he was a follower our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. Dad you have taught me many things: some I have forgotten,some I will remember later and others will never forget. Well Done. Thanks Dad I love you, Jeff"
"Our prayers are with you and Don for both are on a new journey,as an older brother I have admired you both from the night you were born on a stormy night to the present,we have enjoyed square dancing too sailing on Dons boat to Catalina island,life is so exciting"
"We met the Brook family in Jasper in 1978, which developed into a friendship that included a canoe trip in Canada, visits in LA, here with us in New Zealand, and the priviledge of two days with Don and Vonnay during the last weeks of his life. Always remembered!"
""Those who have gone on before us, are cheering us on, from the grandstands of eternity." Knowing Don is one of those eases the pain. Don Brook...our loss...heaven's gain. I look forward to seeing that smile again. Vonnay, you and the entire family are in our prayers. With love.."
"Don was always so gentle. Even if he was upset with you, he had a way of gently telling you he didnt approve. In his final years, as the Lord was preparing Don and his Family for his final day on earth, Don was always more interested in other people than himself."
"Don was my big brother, partner, model, mentor and friend from beginning to end. I learned life from his example and wise counsel. Memories of sharing life together will continue to guide me. I thank God for him and look forward to our family reunion in Heaven."
"Don always kept score when we played cards. He played mathematical games with himself on the score sheet while playing a good game of cards. We'll all miss him and with our good memories, we will each keep him alive in our own way. Love you Sis."
"Jim & Betty lit a candle on 30th September 2011.
We know that Don is in a better place, with Jesus. It was always fun to visit with both of you, play bridge, enjoy your beautiful place in Wildwood. We are praying for God's peace to be with you in the days ahead."
"Uncle Don was a fantastic uncle and teacher. He took his time helping me with math problems through college. He was always happy, smiling and proud of his inventions.
Janet and Ted thank Don for enhancing our lives and our minds over the years."
"Uncle Don was a great man and will be missed. You all are in my prayers."
"Don was ever so fortunate to have a wife like you Vonnay. He was blessed. I am thinking of you.
"Oh how we wished we could be there for you. How he will be missed by all. What agreat person he was. Had so much fun playing cards with him and all else we did together. Vonna we are so thinking of you.And feel the hug's we are sending with tears in our eyes.This goes all of you."
"Nancy Bosch lit a candle on 29th September 2011
Vonnay, my heart goes out to you and the family--Don was a kind gentleman,loved by so many. May your memories bring you comfort, there are many found ones.
"What fun Steve and I had playing bridge with you and Don. I will never forget his gentle nature and wonderful sense of humor. Vonna you are in our prayers - praying for strength and comfort. May you feel God's loving arms surround you during this difficult time. Don is with Jesus"
"We can't think of Don without smiling. He had a great sence of humor. So much fun to be around. We know he is with our Lord and no longer suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of loss and sorrow. Love"
"Vonna, We are so sorry. Of course, Don is in a better place. You are the one we are praying for now. Will talk another time. Love you. Sharon and Dale"
"We have been blessed to have known Don and you for many years. All the fun and great memories of our times together will stay with us forever. Don fought a valiant fight and would not have been able to do it without you at his side, Vonnay. God bless and comfort you."
"“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~Eskimo Proverb
Our sympathy & prayers are with you. Chris & Mike"
"Am so sorry Vonnay. You are in our prayers. with much love..... Jim and Susan"
"Vonnay, so sorry about Donald's passing.
Our deepest sympathy. Let us know how we can help
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