Roger Rich Brockbank 1948 ~ 2011 "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me". Matthew 25:40Comment on this story
Roger Rich Brockbank, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, returned to the arms of his loving Heavenly Father early Easter Sunday. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer for the past year. Roger was born on May 30, 1948 in Holladay, Utah to Bernard P. and Nada Rich Brockbank. The youngest of six children, he learned to love the gospel as a young boy in Scotland where his father served as mission president, opening three missions in Scotland. In 1965 Roger carried his team to win the Men's All Church Volleyball Western Conference Tournament. His team members became great lifelong friends who he gathered with each year up to his passing. At the age of 18, Roger was called to serve a full-time mission in Scotland where his love of the gospel and the people of Scotland flourished. He lost his mother while on his mission, and had spoken often of his reunion with her in his last few days. After completing his mission, Roger attended Brigham Young University, where he met the love of his life, Leda Anderson. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on December 16, 1969. Never was their love more strong than after Roger was diagnosed with cancer, as Leda served as a devoted, caring companion, and never left his side, day or night. The crowning jewel of Roger and Leda's lives are their five children and 18 grandchildren. If you were to ask Roger his favorite hobby, his answer would be attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He never missed a game, and during his last year could often be found on the sidelines in his wheelchair, cheering them on, even though he was so sick. Roger's professional career began during his college years, when he started acquiring apartment buildings. He could see the potential of an apartment building the same way he recognized the potential of a person. He successfully developed several properties in Utah, California and Idaho, and has served on several boards of financial institutions. As successful as he was professionally, he found more joy in helping people reach their potential. He felt strongly that the best way to do this was through his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints. Roger was "forever a missionary" where he influenced many young men to serve a mission. He held several callings, including young men's presidency and working with the youth. His most recent assignment was his favorite- he and Leda were called as service missionaries in the Magna Parkside Ward where they served diligently with love and generosity. Fishing, hunting and traveling with family and friends were some highlights of his life. Roger was a life-long friend and a fisher of men. His example of hard work, loyalty, charity, integrity and love of the Savior will be a lasting legacy for his family to carry on. His final wish in life was to have his entire family return to live with our Heavenly Father. Roger was preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers Lauren and Park. He is survived by his wife, Leda; five children: Nathan (Emily), Ryan (Kirsten), Brittany, Roger Jr. (Becca) and Brianne (Ryan) Birdsley); 18 grandchildren and three siblings: Bruce (Jeanne), Von (Becky) and Dianne (Garth) Sweeten. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the many dedicated health professionals at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University of Utah Medical Center, Care Source Hospice and Aspen Ridge Rehabilitation Center who treated Roger with great skill, compassion and dignity throughout his illness. He especially loved the nurses at the Aspen Ridge Rehabilitation Center. President Joseph Fielding Smith stated, 'that no righteous man is taken before his time. In the case of faithful saints, they are simply transferred to other fields of labor'. We know that Roger is now preaching the gospel in the hereafter. President Spencer W. Kimball said 'there is no tragedy in death, only in sin. The best way to prepare to die is to live life to its fullest'. Well done, Roger! In lieu of flowers, the family has chosen to set up a missionary fund account in the Hosea family name at any Zions Bank branch. The Hosea and Brockbank families go back 30 years and will continue to support each other in their missionary endeavors. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 30 at the Holladay 27th Ward Building, 5450 So Holladay Blvd, Holladay, UT 84117. A viewing will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, SLC from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and from 10:00 - 12:00 noon at the Holladay Stake Center prior to the funeral service on Saturday.