Starr Lewis Brockbank (18 November 1914 – 3 October 2004)
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Starr Lewis Brockbank, 89, of Spanish Fork, passed away on October 3, 2004 at Cambry House in Payson.
He was born on November 18, 1914 in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Joseph Archibald Brockbank and Fern Wilhelmina Lewis, the 2nd of their seven children.
He married Mary Alice Hawkins on October 13, 1933 and they had one son, Starr Hawkins. Mary Alice later passed away.
He married Grace Taylor on January 15, 1935 and they had one daughter, Sandra Jean. They were later divorced.
He married Enid Marie Roberts on July 29, 1939 and they had four children, David Oran, Steven Clifton, Frances Marie, and Fern Ann. Enid recently passed away after 64 years of marriage.
All three marriages were later solemnized in the Manti and Provo LDS Temples.
Starr graduated from Spanish Fork High School, where he was active in many activities, including school council and being a member of the 5-person state championship track team when just a sophomore. He later attended Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the Viking Social Unit. A dedicated scout, Starr, along with his four brothers, earned his Eagle Scout Award.
Starr moved with Enid to California, where he spent many years working for the California State Division of Architecture and Construction, using his skills and talent to build many schools and other important public works, including the Rossmore retirement community in the Bay Area. Starr was also the construction superintendent for the first LDS meetinghouse in Concord, California.
After his retirement in 1978, Starr and Enid moved back to Utah, residing first in Alpine, and then returning to his hometown, Spanish Fork.
Throughout his life, Starr has always been a true friend to everyone he met. He translated his enthusiasm for life and compassion for people into a lifetime of community and church service. He served as president of the Spanish Fork Kiwanis Club, was an active part of the Spanish Fork senior center, and was instrumental in the creation and construction of the Spanish Fork Memorial Park on Main Street, which he built with the help of his sons David and Steven, and many other friends and volunteers.
Another talent Starr magnified was remodeling homes. Along with his wife Enid, he restored many homes to a new life, including turning the 3rd oldest adobe house in Spanish Fork into an award-winning showpiece.
Starr was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings, including Branch President of the Lake Tahoe Area. One of his dearest memories was the time he spent as a stake missionary in Concord, sharing his testimony of the gospel with many friends. Starr was always interested in other peoples happiness and welfare, and he has left behind many dear family members and friends throughout the world.
Survivors include one son and three daughters; a daughter-in-law; brothers; 17 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; and 10 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives Mary Alice, Grace, and Enid; 2 sons, David and Starr Brockbank; daughters-in-law Janet and Mary Ann Brockbank; son-in-law Howard Armstrong; brothers Mark and Carl Brockbank; sisters Jean Mouritsen and Lucille Rupert; grandson Cal Armstrong; great-grandsons Tory R. Armstrong, Kaleb McDonald, and Matthew and Gregory Rodriguez.
Daily Herald, October 5, 2004