Leon Leroy BrookshireJanuary 2, 1942 ~ May 22, 2017 (age 75)
Leon Leroy Brookshire Sr. of Meridian Idaho, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2017 at the age of 75 years.
Leon was born in Opportunity WA. Delivered by a midwife. Leon’s father built a home for the family in Idaho. There was no indoor plumbing or running water, no telephone or electrical appliances. Heat at night was a hot water bottle or large rocks in a pillowslip which were used to warm the bed. Leon attended Greenacres grade school and in the winters, walked to school in waist high snow. He became blind in one eye from a childhood accident, but never allowed it to slow him down. He attended Central Valley Jr. High, and graduated from Central Valley High in Veradale WA. Leon’s laughter filled the halls and classrooms and at his boyhood church in Greenacres. He learned in his early years the value of hard work and earning money to buy his own school clothes by huckleberry picking and fishing. He would wake up at 5am to pick raspberries and strawberries on the family farm. The promise of getting to “swim” in the deep irrigation ditches was a great “Bribe” if he did his summer chores.
His first adventure setting out on his own was becoming a cowboy in Montana riding the range and taking over the responsibilities of cooking for the other cowboys. We have loved hearing his stories of those adventures. He moved to Boise in the 60’s. Where he began his career as an electrician. Besides working hard, he helped with the founding and development of the little league baseball team of Boise Idaho. It was here in Boise where he met and married the love of his life Alice. In the 70’s, Leon and Alice along with his business partner Jean Claude Aymon started a successful electrical contracting company where they made a large impact on the development of the Treasure Valley.
Leon was a devoted father. He loved to spend quality time with his children and took an active role in each of their lives. Their family was very involved in the youth at their church. They enjoyed doing several outings with them and loved having a home filled with children. He was always just a big kid himself and always fun to be around. He loved Christmas, especially the stockings. Leon never wanted to be left out of anything that he thought would involve people having fun, even to the point of coercing his wife into letting him tag-a-long to the girl events. Our family always had an RV that we loved to take on family vacations and camping trips. His life was lived to bring happiness and joy to all who knew him.
He loved fishing, hunting, camping, shopping and traveling. He was considered a minister to ministers and always tried to stay active in church, and believed it was his responsibility to care for God’s servants. In 2005 Leon and Alice retired. They jumped in the RV and did a lot of traveling across the US and Canada, officially becoming “snowbirds” where they would travel south and eventually ending in Yuma AZ. This opened a new enriching chapter of their lives where they continually met new lifelong friends from across the country.
It should be known that Leon had a great love for Jesus and it was his wish that we all would become believers and be together again one day through the gift of salvation. Leon also choose to be a donor and in death gave life and sight. We know he is very happy with the saints and having a wonderful reunion today!
He is survived by his wife Alice of 48 years, four children; Lorette (Rich) Leanna (Shon) Lena (Jeff) and Leon Jr. (Danette), His three Siblings; Judy (William “Billy”) Boyd (Tamsey) and Diana (Randy), Ten grandchildren; Andrew, Jessika, Nisha, Daniel, David, Nathan, Seth, Leon III “Tre” Madyson, and Fayth, and three great grandchildren; Anthony, Kyrianna, Everin, along with several nieces, nephews, adopted children and grandchildren along the way all, of whom he loved dearly.
He was proceeded in death by his father, William Jehu Brookshire and his mother Martha Adeline Brookshire.