Dennis Ray Brooks, resident of Vero Beach, died on September 30th, 2020 at the age of 72.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Joye Carter Brooks; daughter Casey Pisarik ; son-in-law Lt. Col. Michael J. Pisarik; sister, Delores Schellenger, and grandchildren Makayla Pisarik; Matthew Pisarik; Anthony Pisarik; and Hannah Pisarik.
Dennis was born April 15, 1948 in Miami Florida. He was preceded in death by parents Clyde W. and Louise H. Brooks of N. Miami Beach Florida. After completing his military duties in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, when his passion for flying began, Dennis returned home to Florida. He graduated from Miami-Dade College and enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, graduating with honors. “Always an Eagle”
Dennis began his aviation career as an instructor in Miami and then, in Puerto Rico. Eventually, he returned to Florida where he joined the staff of Flight Safety International in Vero Beach. It was here while training pilots for Swiss Air Airline that he met the love of his life and best friend, Joye. On Valentine’s Day 1982 the two aviators were married in the F.S.I. hangar. They lived “happily ever after” for 38+ years. Through his 40+ years of teaching, and as a Gold Seal instructor, Dennis trained hundreds of pilots. By far, his most treasured title was “Papa” to his 4 grandchildren.
Dennis ultimately landed at USAir, now American Airlines, and after 34 years, retired in 2017 as Senior Airbus 330 Instructor. “A life well lived, pilots well trained” A memorial celebration of Dennis’ life will be announced to family and friends, at a later date. A memorial page is set up in his honor and can be found through MellenniumCremationService.com Condolences may be offered through the memorial page.
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