Mike Brooks was one of the best athletes I ever saw! He could do almost anything on the athletic fields and in the gym. One time during summer baseball, we took a trip to Tulsa and stayed in the University of Tulsa dormitories. Another team from Ft. Worth was staying there also, and for some reason, they treated us like "low life"! After lunch one day, a bunch of the players from Ft. Worth were standing in the hallway of the dorm, and were looking down toward our rooms and making some "snide" comments. About that time, Mike Brooks took off running down the hallway towards those Ft. Worth players, and just about the time he got to where they were standing, he did a full flip in the air, and landed on both feet, right in front of where they were standing. It startled them, and they all began running into their rooms, shutting their doors, and we never heard one "peep" out of those snotty baseball players from Ft. Worth again.
And, then, we beat them on the field as well!
Rest in peace, Michael Paul. You were a good, good friend for many years, and we played many games together in junior high and in the summer baseball leagues. I will never forget you!
Mike was truly a great athlete but he was also a friend to all that knew him
personally as well as through athletics. It is sad that we have lost him but
we will see him again one day as I feel the same about others that have
our graduating class knew and loved as true friends.
Barbara Vinson (Fahrlender)
Michael Paul Brooks
August 21, 1953-July 21, 2007
Buried in Abilene, Texas.
I first met Mike when he beat me soundly in the 100 yard dash and on the sprint relay in the 6th grade city track meet. I got to know him better in football at Lincoln and track at Abilene High. He always seemed a bit shy to me, so I never got to know him very well. But he had confidence and worked hard for events. I always admired his spirit.