March 22, 1958 ~ May 21, 2019
John Brooking passed away on May 21 surrounded by friends and family. His passing was preceded by that of his parents, Emil and Dory; his sister, Connie; and his brother-in-law, Steve.
John’s optimism, humor, and generosity were a gift to those who knew him. He will be missed by his biological family as well as his extended family of fellow commercial fishermen, school bus drivers, parents, and all who met him. John’s battle with brain cancer was indicative of his endless strength and patience, he was willing to try anything and give it his all. John was the ideal father and an enthusiastic volunteer in schools and the community.
He grew up in Camas, WA, and graduated from the University of Washington. He came to Alaska to fish and stayed to raise a family and experience the wilderness. John loved to hike, ski, sail, fish, snow machine, and work on a continuous stream of home improvement projects.
John is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Eli and Allison; six siblings; and an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins, and their children.
A memorial service will be held in the fall in Anchorage.