Raymond Eugene Brooks, 95 of Gooding, Idaho, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2023 at Stone Bridge Assisted Living Center in Hagerman, Idaho.
Raymond was born in Fairfield, Idaho on October 22, 1927 to Angus and Cora Bickle Brooks.
Raymond was born and raised on the family homestead East of Fairfield in the Willow Creek area. He attended school in Fairfield where he graduated from high school. From there he went to Ft Collins CO to further his education. Upon returning to Idaho, he became a page in the Idaho State Senate where he met Mary Lou Hubbard and the two were married July 4, 1959. They returned to his family homestead where they farmed and raised cattle while the family grew by five children. In the early 70’s as many farmers and ranchers dealt with the drought the family moved from the homestead to Gooding. Here dad began his trucking career. He drove for Thompson Cattle Co, Basterrechea Trucking and even was an owner operator of his own rig for a few years be fore landing at D&D Trucking where he continued to drive until he was 87 when health issues forced him out of the driver’s seat of the big rig. While driving for D&D he was awarded the Idaho State Safety Award for driving over 2 million miles accident free, an award held by a very small number of drivers.
Raymond is survived by: his wife - Mary Lou and their five children - Mary Brooks (Kirk Nolte), Stephen Brooks (Cindy Brooks), Roger Brooks, Roselyn Brooks and Phillip Brooks; two grandsons - Dustyn Brooks and Dillon Brooks; three great grandchildren - Izabel Brooks, Jadyn Brooks and Hunter Brooks; and one brother Melvin Brooks (Beulah Brooks).
He was preceded in death by: his parents - Angus and Cora Brooks; and two brothers - Earl and Wayne Brooks.
A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
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