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Obituary: Brooks, Marcus W.

BROOKS, Marcus W. Marcus Wesley Brooks of Leesburg, Virginia passed away in his 90th year on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. He died peacefully at home with his family. Mark was born in North Sprague, Washington on July 6, 1923. He graduated from Spokane High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 28, 1942. Mark served in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946 on the super destroyer, the USS DeHaven (DD-727) as a radio technician first class. In 1947, Mark became a traveling electronic technician for the U.S. Weather Bureau and worked for the National Weather Service for 35 years. In 1976, he was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal. He retired in 1978 as chief of Overseas Operations engineering branch. Mark was a licensed radio amateur and an active member of the DeHaven Sailors Association. A beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him for his kindness, sense of humor, and wisdom. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Rosario Brooks, two children, Rosario Streeter of Ashburn, VA and Mark Brooks of West Windsor, NJ, and five grandchildren. The viewing was held at the Colonial Funeral Home ( in Leesburg, VA on Sunday January 19th from 1 to 3pm. A funeral mass was held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Ashburn, VA at 11am on Monday January 20th. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital at www.stjudeorg.