Service to be held in spring for Minden attorney Scott Brooke |

Service to be held in spring for Minden attorney Scott Brooke

Scott Brooke

A celebration of life will be held in the spring for longtime Minden attorney and former Douglas County Planning Commission Chairman Scott Brooke, who died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve.

Brooke, 69, was a 31-year resident of Carson Valley.

“He had a lot of life left to live,” his daughter Lauren Brooke said on Monday. “We were an incredibly close-knit family. He was a real pillar of strength for our family and the community as well.”

He had a real love for the outdoors and the mountains.

He loved to fly fish, ski and travel.

“A big part of his identity was being a rancher,” Lauren said. “He and my mother bought a working cattle ranch on the west fork of the Carson River in 1990, which my mother continues to run today. My sister and I were lucky to be raised on this property, where his love for the land and open spaces was passed on to us. He cherished his ability to spend his free time working on the land, and enjoyed the ranch lifestyle wholly until last day.”

Born May 27, 1945, in Fort Lewis, Wash., Brooke grew up traveling, before returning to California to get his degree at University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

He was general counsel to a San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and practiced with a large Los Angeles law firm, according to his official biography.

“He loved to be in the mountains,” Lauren said. “He was a ski patrolman at Squaw Valley for five years prior to attending law school. He was a beautiful and technical skier, and he loved to ski with his family. He was very much looking forward to the upcoming ski season.”

After he arrived in Carson Valley, he and Bill Shaw founded the firm of Brooke and Shaw, in 1985, which later added partner Charles Zumpft.

Brooke was appointed to the Douglas County Planning Commission in 1986 and served until 1989.

He was chairman of the 1989 Douglas County Grand Jury. His law firm served as legal counsel to some of the Carson Valley’s most prominent residents, including Minden industrialist Don Bently.

Brooke also served as counsel to several general improvement districts including Indian Hills and Incline Village.

“He also worked closely with and supported the Tahoe Heritage Foundation,” Lauren said.

Lauren said her father loved to travel.

“He was really excited to begin the next chapter of learning and adventure,” she said. “He always found time to spend time with us as family.”

He is survived by wife Charlotte and daughters Lauren and Kate.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in his name.

The address is Western Folk Life Center, 501 Railroad St., Elko, NV 89801