FORT CARSON, Colo. – Specialist Zachary L. Brooks (Zack) was born June 17, 1993, in Hamilton. He was taken from us too soon on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, as the result of a motorcycle accident at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Zack grew up in the Bitterroot, graduating from Stevensville High School in 2011. He joined the U.S. Army in 2013 with his last assignment to the Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was deployed to Kuwait from October 2013 to June 2014. He was looking forward to his follow-on assignment in Hawaii. He was proud to serve his country and had just re-enlisted. He earned many awards including: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, and the German Proficiency Badge. He was very proud of his achievements and always strived to better himself.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, snowboarding, camping, fishing and hiking. He shared his gift of laughter and his amazing smile with those around him. He was known for being energetic, a jokester, a prankster and for his ability to walk in a room and light it up. Zack took his responsibilities of family very seriously; husband, son, brother and father.

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He is survived by his wife, Jade; his daughters, Mia and Charleigh; sisters, Katie and Emily; parents Rob and Regina; grandparents Jack and Glenda; his uncle Troy and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins. Zack touched many in his life and had many role models that supported him to become the man he was. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. in the Stevensville United Methodist Church with military honors graveside following at Stevensville Riverside Cemetery. There will be a reception following the graveside service at the Stevensville United Methodist Church. A memorial fund has been set up in his name through Farmers State Bank, 725 Main St., Stevensville, MT, (406) 777-7210. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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