Bobby Leroy Brooks

October 13, 1939November 18, 2021

Bobby Leroy Brooks, a former city council member and owner of the iconic Brownie’s Café, died Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the age of 82. Bobby was born October 13, 1939 in Yuma, AZ.

A proud Criminal, Brooks graduated from Yuma High School in 1958 and attended every reunion and the football games. As a friend of the late Msgr. Richard O’Keefe, he also attended Yuma Catholic High School football games.

After graduating, he went to what was then Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University). Home for the summer, he worked at the local meat packing company.

Brooks fell in love with the boss’ daughter and married her. He and Karen Jones Brooks became parents to Glenda Brooks, Bobbie “Sis” Brooks, Walter Scott Brooks and Kami Goldstein. He later married Roberta Sawers Brooks, and they had Briana Duvall and Bobby Leroy Brooks Jr., and were married for 48 years. Bobby also has 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be on Friday, 3 December, at 2:30 o'clock PM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will follow immediately after the Rosary, at 3:00 o'clock PM on Friday, 3 December 2021.

Private cremation will be done at Desert Lawn Memorial Park Crematory, with the cremated remains to be interred in the family plot in the Yuma Pioneer Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Brooks family.



  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Friday, December 3, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, December 3, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, December 4, 2021


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Emilio Escalanti

December 2, 2021

So very sorry to read this ... my prayers for comfort and strength to the family during this time. As regular patrons of Brownies Mr. Brooks was always very kind and personable to me and my family. When he found out that I served as a Quechan Tribal Councilmember he always addressed as "Councilman" whenever we entered. He was close to the same age as my late father and attended my father's funeral ... this was always a much appreciated act of respect and kindness. May Bobby rest in peace.

Dawn Hunt-Cook

December 2, 2021

Bobbi my prayers go out to you and Scott and the family. Your father was a wonderful man and always had a smile and handshake to those he met. He not only will be missed by his family, his family at Brownies and friends but the community of Yuma . We thank the Brooks family for sharing him with us…. ✝️ And may our Lord give you all strength during this time along with comfort…


November 24, 2021

I was saddened by this news. I got to know Bobby very well when he was on City Council and I was leading the riverfront redevelopment efforts. He was one of the biggest supporters of the riverfront project, through thick and thin. I loved his sense of humor, his common sense, and his good nature. He is irreplaceable, but go to Brownie's for a meal and remember him fondly. His spirit still lives on in Yuma!

Barbara Ragan

November 22, 2021

My condolences to family. I've known Bobby my entire life, another somerton boy. His grandson Jonathan lived with my grandaughter and her husband, he was so surprised when he saw me with Laken at the cafe, he goes I didn't realize she was your grandaughter it's a small world he said. Rip Bobby

Jim Catanzaro

November 22, 2021

Condolences to the Brooks Family. We go way back with Bobby, including the Bob- Cat oil company :) It appears the same illness that took dad, took Bobby. R I P

Regenia Kettunen

November 22, 2021

The best boss I ever had and job. He was a great man .greatly will he be missed. God bless his family
My heart breaks for hurts wife Robbie and his daughter Glenda and bro Scott .as well for his entire family. I pray for u all

Greg Hyland

November 21, 2021

I worked for the City of Yuma when Bobby was on the City Council, but I’ll always remember him from Southwest Meats, Brownies, and all the events around Yuma.

Bobby, you were one of the ones that made Yuma, Yuma.

Sandy Lord

November 21, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Sending love.

Sandy Lord

Kimmer Magill

November 20, 2021

I love bobby so much, he was the best boss I ever had. I worked for him for over 17 years. I'm so glad he was in my life. He will be forever missed.