Brooks, Gary Wayne

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June 20, 1951 - December 5, 2018

Brooks, Gary Wayne

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Gary Wayne Brooks, 67, went to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was born in Kaufman Texas June 20, 1951 and lived in Grand Prairie, TX. He served 20 proud years in the U S Navy during the Viet Nam era and Desert Storm. He retired as a first-class master at arms. He served passionately as a Police Officer with the Grand Prairie Police Department where he worked as patrol officer from 1982 until 2008. He was on swat for a while and was a training officer.  He retired mainly due to his health and then he worked 5 years on building the C.O.P program for the city of Grand Prairie. He loved his work with the city of Grand Prairie and the fellowship with his fellow officers. He also worked at Dallas Auto Auction for 20 years. He was a member of the Colonial Baptist church in Grand Prairie TX. He was also a master mason at the mountain creek lodge and the Thomas B. Hunter lodge.

He is preceded in death by mother, Barbara J. Brooks; father, Leonard H. Brooks; brother, Ricky Brooks, step-brother, John L. Massey III; step-father, John L. Massey Jr.; and his son, Garry W. Brooks Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Mary Brooks of Grand Prairie and ex-wife Elaine Suchanick of Millersburg PA. His children: Victoria Brooks, Veronica Brooks, Rosemary Douglas, Jack Douglas Jr., James Douglas. His grandkids: Janessa, Chandler, Nicholas, Khloe, Aralyn, Tori, Tyler, Lana, Kal-el, and Hunter. His great grandsons Damian and Zaedyn. His sister Rhonda Hamilton, her son Joe and daughter Noni and family of Haltom City, TX and half-brother Mike Massey of White settlement TX .

In leiu of flowers, family is requesting donations to one of the following organizations that was near to Gary’s heart:

Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas, TX: Scottish Rite Hospital Donation

Grand Prairie Santa Cop: Santa Cop Donation

 Services will be Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Matthew Road Baptist Church: 4602 Matthew Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

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Dan Ogle

March 22, 2019 9:17AM

I trained Gary,He became one of my best friends,I was shocked to hear of his passing.I'am going to miss him.may God bless his family.

Jr. Moreno

December 27, 2018 7:30PM

I first met Gary when I became a police explorer in 1988. He was always kind and genuine and was most definitely a positive influence on me. I enjoyed discussing 1911 pistols with him as he very well versed with them. Gary was a very good police officer and will be, greatly, missed.
May God bless him and his family.

Diana Thompson

December 26, 2018 1:37PM

I met Gary back in 1986 when I first began my career as a Police Officer. Through the years I had the privilege to work along side of him. Gary was always respectful and kind to me. We shared many interesting calls along the way. I also learned a lot from Gary. The one thing that stands out about Gary’s work ethics is he was always willing to lend a hand to help people. Gary always had a laugh that was contagious. It saddened me to learn of Gary’s passing. A little piece of my heart is now missing. You will be missed my brother in Blue..... I am thankful I got to see you back in October. I also know I will see you again. Rest in the arms of Jesus

Chaplain Grube

December 22, 2018 9:54PM

I have always respected Gary. He was very respectable to me. He was a cops cop. More than. Once he assured me of his relationship with the Lord. May God give you a peace and understanding.

Chaplain Steve Grube

Ray Johnson

December 21, 2018 2:47PM

Gary a great person, always a pleasure to be around, a great GPPD officer. He train me as a COP. Praying for his family, God Bless.

Pam Evans

December 21, 2018 10:56AM

Gary had a heart as big as Texas. He genuinely loved God, his family, his country and serving others. He also loved being a police officer and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Grand Prairie. He will not be simply missed by those of us who knew him, he will be mourned.

Lyle Gensler

December 21, 2018 9:45AM

When I was out running the Firebird, Gary was always on the itinerary. We'd sit for an hour, or so, in your garage, talking about stuff. It wasn't so much the talks as much as it was the fellowship and listening to your dry sense of humor. Mary, if you ever hear tires squealing away out on Matthew Rd, that will be me. Gary always made me do it when I was leaving, and I always enjoyed his squid salute followed by a thumbs up as I watched him in my rear view mirror... I was actually looking for COPS, but always saw him. RIP brother

Darlene Bernethy

December 21, 2018 9:42AM

My heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family ,he was loved and will be missed tremendously!

Jean Lewis

December 19, 2018 7:36PM

My Dear Mary, Praying God will draw you close to His bosom providing the comfort and peace in your time of sorrow. Your Gary was one to be admired and respected...what a wonderful legacy to leave his family.
All my love and hugs....Jean (swimmer at Summit)

Robert Liles

December 19, 2018 2:05PM

I and my wife, Jaynie Carr, both worked with Gary at the Grand Prairie PD for many years. Gary was a good officer and had a good sense of humor too. We were both quite shocked to hear of Gary’s passing.

He will be missed by us and all those who knew him personally.

Our condolences go out to Mary, Victoria and Veronica and his extended family.

Velva washburn

December 18, 2018 8:16PM

He was a great man and a awsome friend im so very sorry. He will always be in my heart. May your family know he live a life being a dad and grandfather who live them very much, a husband who loved hus wife anf one great policeman. A wonderful person. Not many can say they could ever follow in his foot steps may he fly high as our angle

Fred Washburn

December 18, 2018 8:16PM

Mary I pray God will give you strength in this time we are truly sorry for yours and all of our loss of Gary

Fred Washburn

December 18, 2018 8:13PM

Gary my good friend you will be missed it's been a long time since we have talked but you were never forgotten you were a great man in my eyes may God use you in heaven as he did here on Earth love you and will miss you greatly

Debby Holloway

December 18, 2018 6:24PM

Gary was a good friend and a very respectable man . We shared lots of laughs at Captain Billy’s and some tears too . I’m praying for you Mary and all of your children and grandchildren. Rest In Peace Gary you will be missed.

Shelly Sanchez

December 18, 2018 8:18AM

Mary there are no words! I’m glad i got to hug your neck the other night. I will always remember Gary, he was a kind, funny person. I first met you guys when I was 15 out at the Dallas Auto Auction, then of course I would see Gary all of the time with GPPD and most recently with C.O.P. The love you guys had for each other was great. He will be missed, hugs and prayers to your family.

patrick & margie prmsby

December 17, 2018 9:37PM

we will miss our brother friend & neighbor may you rest in peace thank you for all your wisdom and friendship.

Rob Severance

December 17, 2018 9:24PM

Gary will be missed. He was the first police officer I rode with more than 30 years ago when I was a police explorer. He was my mentor, friend, and my go-to guy when I was tasked with creating GPPD’s Citizens on Patrol program. I’m glad I had the chance to visit with him at our recent GPPD Alumni Association meeting. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Rosemary Reed

December 17, 2018 5:21PM

I was one of the first 18 C.O.P's in his first class. Everybody loved Gary and respected him tremendously. We will never forget Gary.

Cheryl Matysek

December 16, 2018 1:06PM

Mary, praying for you and your family as you grieve your loss. Greatest sympathies.


December 15, 2018 1:09PM

I love you now I loved you then I'll love you forever

Wayne M Carey

December 14, 2018 4:35PM

Gary was an all around great guy, he served the Lord, his Country and the Community with a never ending passion. It was an honor to work with him, it was a greater honor to call him my friend. RIP brother. my thoughts and prayers are with Y'all.

Sabrina Mackey

December 14, 2018 2:55PM

May you RIP now . You are now up there with Gary Wayne now and may you both be together.

Vicki Crow

December 10, 2018 12:24PM

So sorry for your loss.