Charles Clark Brockman

January 19, 2010

By Contributor

Charles Brockman

Charles (Charlie) Brockman, of Issaquah, died Jan. 9, 2010. He was 94 years old.Charlie was born May 31, 1915, in Seattle, the first of five children born to Charles and Madeline Taylor Brockman. Charlie was a descendent of a Seattle pioneer who owned a grocery store and various real estate interests in the Denny regrade and Lake City area, where there is a street named Brockman Place.

Charlie was raised in Seattle, and graduated from Broadway High School. He worked for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, circulation department, his entire working career. He met his future wife, Elaine Bertha Cline, while they were both employed there. They married in 1938, and celebrated their 71st anniversary in September.

In 1948, they moved from Seattle to May Valley Road in Issaquah and built a house on 20 acres of land to raise their three children. In the 1970s, they sold off most of their land, saving five acres on which to retire. Two children also built homes next to them and continue to live on the contiguous property. In the winter months they lived in Yuma, Ariz., where they had a mobile home and many, many friends.

As a young man, Charlie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and later, golfing and working in his garden. His favorite pastime was horse racing, which he enjoyed for more than 70 years. Charlie had an easygoing, amiable nature and he was beloved by family and lifelong friends alike.

As part of the “greatest generation” he was raised during the Depression era, a time that required a strong “can-do” work ethic, commitment to responsibility and efficiency in action, all of which he humbly optimized, and are the qualities for which he will be so dearly remembered.

Charles is survived by his wife Elaine; daughters Sharon (Antovich) Brockman, of Issaquah; and Charlene and husband Jack Faircloth, of Issaquah; son Charles Jr., of Seattle; four grandchildren — Rocky, Todd and Zachary Antovich, of California, and Jason Faircloth, of Nevada; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Per his request, there was no service.

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