Obit Brooks 022517

David Russell Brooks Sr.

Astoria Oct. 5, 1932 — Feb. 15, 2017

David Russell Brooks Sr. passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 15, 2017.

David was born on Oct. 5, 1932, in Hoquiam, Washington, the third son of William and Shirley Dahlgren Brooks. Two weeks after his birth his family moved to Astoria, where he lived most of his 84 years.

As a child he spent summers with his paternal Finnish grandparents in Eden Valley, Washington. David loved bringing his kids there in later years to experience the joy he had known there as a child. His maternal grandfather was a Tillamook Rock lighthouse keeper — a piece of family history of which he was very proud.

David was a 1950 Astoria High School graduate. He met his wife, Carolyn Logsdon, there. After high school he started his professional career in automotive service.

David married Carolyn, his wife of 66 years, on Dec. 2, 1950. They made their home in Astoria, and raised their four children. When Dave wasn’t working to provide for his family, he enjoyed painting, gardening, fishing and woodworking. He meticulously built replicas of several local fishing boats that have been admired by many for their excellent craftsmanship.

David was extremely proud of his four children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. They all knew how important his family was to him. After retirement Dave and Carolyn journeyed to Yuma, Arizona, where they enjoyed the sun and many wonderful friends.

David is survived by his wife, Carolyn; brother, Bill Brooks of Salem, Oregon; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bill Tynkila; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Mike Madson; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Douglas Holly; and son, David Brooks Jr. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger Brooks.

A private graveside memorial is planned. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Lower Columbia Hospice.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory in Seaside is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit to share memories and sign the guest book.

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