On Sunday December 27th, 2020 my Father, Charlie Brouillette, passed away. My Mother and I were at his side and it was a peaceful passing. Since then, I have been dreaming of him. I was a small girl, my tiny bare toes perched on his strong, capable feet. We were in the den, music playing in the background and he twirled me around the room. The world was safe and sweet, there was love and laughter surrounding me. Another memory, my legs dangling off the end of the back of a pickup truck, the sun shining through the trees, while my Dad packed up the fishing gear and kept me entertained with fantastical stories. Charlie was larger than life, gregarious, intelligent and witty, always had a great joke handy and could talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere and make a connection. Of course, he was not perfect, no one ever is, I resent when loved ones have passed and they are made into saints. My Dad was no saint, life is messy and tough, he faced his own trials and falls. But through it all, he persevered, he always stood back up, shook off the dirt and gave everything he had to his family. We were blessed to have him.
On August 19, 1949 Brian Charles Brouillette was born. His parents were Marilyn Zace (nee Brown) and Ronald Blair Brouillette. He was one of four children for the couple, Garey, Lynn and Paula were his siblings. He was never known as Brian as he was always a Charlie instead. He grew up in the heartland of the country in Goodland KS. While attending Goodland High School Charlie obtained his varsity letters in not one but four sports; football, basketball, baseball and track & field. Also while in high school his parents divorced. His Father remarried, Virginia (nee Coon) and Charlie gained four more sisters, Cindy, Robin, Carla and Dawn.
After high school, this country boy headed off to California to attend college at Los Angeles City College where he planned to study Speech Pathology. While there, he met a blonde California surfer boy, Sidney Davis, who would become his lifelong friend. Shortly after, in the Fall of 1968 Charlie met a young woman, Celestine Marie Van Bogart (always known as Sally), who would become his friend, partner, lover and wife of 51 years. Charlie and Sally married in July of 1969 in California. Five years later, in June of 1974, they welcomed their first child (me), a daughter Aubre Kathryn to the world. Shortly afterwards, they decided they wanted to raise their family in small town comfort rather than big city hustle and bustle, so they returned to Charlie’s hometown Goodland Kansas to settle down. Six years later the couple welcomed their second daughter, Sara Blair in July of 1980. To support his family Charlie worked as a Master Plumber. The family moved a couple times, living in Kansas, California and eventually settling down Colorado since 1993.
In 2006, Charlie and Sally faced the unimaginable when their youngest daughter, Sara, was killed in a car crash. They carried each other, and their family, through the tragedy together. For the last four years, Charlie battled cancer, exhibiting strength, fortitude and a determination to be present for his family through it all. His wife, Sally a constant at his side.
Charlie is survived by his Wife, Sally, his daughter Aubre and his four grandchildren Devin, Ethan, Blake and Arwen. He is also survived by his Mother Marilyn, brother Garey and step-sisters Carla, Robin and Dawn. He will forever be loved and missed. Those strong and capable feet left a lasting legacy for us all to follow and carry on.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Charlie through a donation to St. Anthony Health Foundation.org.
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Or checks can be mailed to: St. Anthony Health Foundation, 11600 W. 2nd Place,
Lakewood, CO 80228, with “Charlie Brouillette” on the memo line.