Charlie Brooks, a long-time resident of Leavenworth, died peacefully in his sleep on May 20, 2013.
Charlie was born July 28, 1935 in Winsted, Conn. When he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Air Force where he spent six years learning the radio trade. After this, he worked in the new computer industry for over 30 years. Although he worked mostly in Pennsylvania, he traveled all over the country and in Europe as well, solving computer problems. In 1980, he moved to Redmond, Wash. with Chris Clark where they both worked for Unisys, a large computer company.
In 1983, Charlie and Chris moved to Leavenworth where they took on a completely different venture. They started a small country inn which they called Mountain Home Lodge. At first, he kept working in Seattle but after two years, he retired from computers and moved permanently to the lodge. Charlie and Chris were the first couple to get married at the Lodge. Here he spent 12 years doing everything from endless repairs, transporting guests on one of the snow-cats, guiding snowmobile tours, to taking on all challengers on their tennis court. In the late '90s, his health forced them to sell the lodge and move into town. Here, he took up golf as his passion. He also loved music and cars.
His cheerful and pleasant nature led to years of prior guests asking "where's Charlie?" after he had left the Lodge.
In 2007, he moved to Wickenburg, Ariz. and a couple of years later, to Pennsylvania to be with his three daughters.
Charlie is survived by his three daughters, Karen (and Ted) Sagnor of Paradise, Penn., Linda Chichester of Lancaster, Penn., and Joyce Brooks of Lancaster, Penn., who lovingly cared for him in his last three years, his son, David Brooks of Lumberton, Texas, grandchildren Eric and Bryan Sagnor, Kevin and Megan Chichester, his special "adopted" daughter, Laura Brown Philpot of Molalla, Ore., and his ex-wife and friend, Chris Clark, of Leavenworth.