Obit - Forrest Brooks

Forrest “Frosty” Brooks

Frosty was born on May 19, 1944 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA. He, and his three siblings, Alan and Charles Brooks and Kelly Brooks Reggear were raised in Orofino, ID by their loving parents Roy (Fort Benton, MT) and Gladys Brooks (Kamiah, ID). Frosty attended school in Orofino from elementary through high school. He was a proud Orofino Maniac who excelled in football and track and field.

After graduating from Orofino High School in 1962, he went on to the University of Idaho to play football for the Vandals. A broken leg cut his football career short, but prompted him to join the United States Forest Service as a surveyor. He went on to join the United States Army, where he served honorably as a Staff Sergeant from 1968 to 1971, including 18 months in Vietnam with the 116th Combat Engineers.

After his time in the military, Frosty returned to Orofino where he began his career with SJ Groves and Sons Co. during the construction of Dworshak Dam. He married Lou, his wife of 49 years, in Orofino on October 10, 1970. They raised two sons who went on to achieve great success in their chosen fields. Doug recently retired from the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and Joe is a Senior Principal Engineer with ON Semiconductor.

Frosty’s career carried the family from several small towns in the Pacific Northwest to as far away as Hawaii and Georgia before he finally retired to Boise, ID in 1990.

Frosty had ridden off-road motorcycles for most of his adult life, but he didn’t do so competitively until 1989 when he joined the International Old Timers Motocross Association. He and his friends traveled the country racing with the Old Timers throughout the 90’s and into the 2000’s. When he wasn’t racing or traveling, Frosty was in the classroom at Boise State University earning his Associate of Applied Science degree. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998.

After graduation, he went on to work as the Facilities Manager at the Idaho State Police POST Academy in Meridian, ID. In January of 2002, Frosty was involved in a serious automobile accident which led to his retirement from competitive motocross and from the POST Academy.

In retirement, Frosty and Lou found joy in traveling and camping in their motorhome and taking rides together in their Polaris RZR side-by-side. Frosty loved the outdoors, and he also loved animals. He held a special place in his heart, not only for his beloved dogs, Snooker, Ollie, Tiger, and Shade, but for all animals who needed a chance at finding a forever home. He found great joy in making donations to the Idaho Humane Society and has asked for you to do the same in his memory.

Frosty is survived by his mother Gladys and his sister Kelly (Mike) of Orofino, ID. His wife Lou and their son Joe (Melissa) of Boise, ID, and their son Doug (Rebecca) of Port Orchard, WA. He has three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Roy, and his brother Alan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 12, 2019 in Orofino, ID. Anyone wishing to attend should meet at the ShopKo parking lot in Orofino at 1:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite dirt bike, ATV, UTV, Jeep, or car to join the procession through town then up the hill to the Reggear Ranch. Please dress appropriately in your racing or hunting gear or your favorite flannel shirt.

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