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John Carl Brooksby

11/17/1923 - 01/27/2020
Service Date: 02/05/2020
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- Mesa 20th Ward, 848 North Westwood, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 02/04/2020
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: City of Mesa

John Carl Brooksby, age 96 of Mesa AZ passed away peacefully in his home on January 27, 2020. Carl was born on Nov. 17, 1923 to John Brooksby and Melinda Judd of Fredonia, AZ.  As a young boy, he herded sheep for the Brooksby Brothers, in the Arizona Strip and southern Utah.  He served in the US Navy, aboard the USS Colbert in the Pacific in WW II. After the war, he returned home, graduated from BYU, married his sweetheart, and established a long career as a CPA in the Phoenix area, eventually serving as president of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy.  He and his wife VerDon raised a family of four children in Mesa.  He served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings, including scouting and several bishoprics.  Carl is survived by his sisters Emma and Glenda, and a brother Pres, his children Kent (Jan), Craig (Pauli), Linda Hatch (Brad) and Don (Josie), 15 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  Carl was an avid poet and collector of cowboy poetry. https://jcbrooksby.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/if-i-get-to-heaven/ or https://jcbrooksby.wordpress.com/

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, Feb.4 at Bunker Mortuary, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb 5 at the LDS Chapel, 848 N Westwood, Mesa, AZ 85201, at 11:00 AM. There will be a viewing for family and friends at 10 AM (an hour before the funeral).


  • Thank you so much for letting me know about the funeral. Carl and VerDon were wonderful friends for many years with Gail and me.

  • The Lisonbee Family

    The whole Lisonbee family sends their love and prayers to the whole Brooksby family. Such good neighbors and friends for so many years.

  • Steve & Dawn Brown

    The Brooksby’s were like a second family to me when growing up in the neighborhood and Craig my best boyhood friend. We send our love, prayers, and thoughts to the whole family.

  • Dottie and Kent Layton

    Heartfelt condolences to you. He has joined many other great ones in continuing the work of the Father.

  • I would like add to Steve Brown’s condolence that the Brooksby family were also like a second family to me.
    To realize how fortunate we were to always be welcome at their home was something that has always stayed with me and been deeply valued over these many years.
    Carl was a very special man who leaves behind a wonderful, extensive family, but also many others like me that remember his kindness.
    I send my thoughts, prayers and much love to the family.

  • My condolences to the family of Carl Brooksby. I served on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy with Carl many years ago. He was a leader in the profession and a man with principles.

  • Elaine Chapman Fort

    I grew up in the best neighborhood in the world and the Brooksby family was a big part of that! We were always welcomed to the Brooksby home with hugs and warm handshakes. Heaven is so much sweeter now but we will sure miss Carl here on earth.

  • Jeff & Kathryn Pugmire

    This honorable, talented, wise man will be missed by our family. It is a pleasure to know him. We appreciate his goodness, to us, his kindness to us,and very much enjoy his poetry. He taught our son, Mason, how to care for his lovely yard and slipped in sage words of advice for life every time he checked over the work. I love that he played cribbage with me Dad and won the games just over a week before he died. Everyone should remember his blessed sharp mind and loving heart until his death. Our family is praying for the Brooksby family.

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