Raleigh Brooks, 91 passed away in his home at MacKenzie Place in Ft. Collins, CO, from congestive heart failure on January 16, 2021.
Raleigh Brooks was born April 22, 1929 in Denver, CO to the late Raleigh Brooks Sr. and Virginia (Sevy) Brooks Seldin.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edith Amend Brooks, sister, Jeanne Davies, 6 children, Ken (Hildie) Brooks, Kathleen (Eddie) Kahn, Dennis (Kathleen) Brooks, Dale (Teresa) Brooks, Emily (David) Tueting, Eddie (Fran) Brooks, 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Raleigh was preceded in death by his sister Beverly Brooks, grandson Nathan Brooks, and granddaughter-in-law, Amber Brooks.
Raleigh spent much of his youth growing up on the Seldin Ranch in Kersey, CO after his widowed mother married Elias Seldin in 1940.
Raleigh graduated from College High School in Greeley, CO in 1947 and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry at Colorado A & M (now CSU) in 1951. He earned his Master of Science degree in Education in 1968 at CSU.
Raleigh and Edith (Amend) Brooks were married on December 14, 1950.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Raleigh returned to manage the family ranch with Elias Seldin. After a few years of ranching, Raleigh became the Pueblo County Extension 4-H Agent, then the Assistant Director-Colorado State 4-H Program, and ultimately the Director – Colorado State 4-H Program until his retirement in 1988.
Raleigh’s passions in life were clearly his faith (active Timnath Presbyterian Church member for nearly 60 years), his family, the 4-H Program, many friends, and the entire Timnath Community.
Raleigh’s hobbies included woodworking and truck farming on their Timnath acreage, which later became the Timnath Community Garden.
Over his career, Raleigh received numerous awards and recognitions, including: “Pacemaker” award in 1951 at Colorado A&M for his student contributions related to agriculture, Champion Agent Livestock Judge in 1958, F.A. Anderson Award as Outstanding CSU Campus-based Extension professional in 1978, Honorary Trustee with Colorado 4-H Foundation in 1992, Stow Witwer Memorial Award at the 1996 National Western Stock Show, Colorado 4-H Foundation Honors Recognition in 2000, and National 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee in 2011. Raleigh was honored to be the International Coordinator of the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) and a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi (the Extension Service Honorary). Colorado 4-H has an award named after him called the Raleigh Brooks Outstanding 4-H Adult Leader Award.
Raleigh was a quiet man, but his congenial spirit, positive attitude and generous service towards others spoke volumes. He lives forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Memorial contributions in the name of Raleigh Brooks may be made to Timnath Presbyterian Church or the Colorado 4-H Foundation at CSU.
As his final gift to humankind, Raleigh chose to have his body donated to science. A celebration of his life will be at a later date when the family can gather to place his cremains in the Timnath Presbyterian Church columbarium.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)