Daryl Brooks transitioned on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the summer solstice and his grandson’s tenth birthday. He was 71.

Daryl was born in Nevada on Hiroshima day, August 6, 1945,and was named after his uncle who gave up his life in service during World War II, two facts that shadowed Daryl’s life and influenced him to always be humble and compassionate.

Daryl was raised in Lake Tahoe where he came to love the beauty of nature and the woods. He learned the sign painting craft from his father and studied art in San Francisco.

As an adult, he made his home in Weed, at the base of majestic Mount Shasta, and delivered his two daughters, Kristina and Heather, at Stewart Springs, Kathy Hall being their mother. He started a sign painting business, “Painting the Town” through signs and murals. He also developed and mentored other sign painters in the area.

Over the years in Siskiyou County, he was active in the performing arts at SPAC, sign painting throughout the county and pursuing his love of art while being inspired by the scenic beauty of this county. Later in life he showed his work at River Run Gallery in Weed and Liberty Arts Gallery in Yreka. His fondness for gambling and card games all his life must also be mentioned.

His family includes daughters Kristina and Heather, grandsons Edward and Zivon, sister Sharon and brother Mike, and longtime significant other Susan and her son, Shawn. He is also loved by numerous friends and extended family members.

Private services will be held with just the family. A later art show and sale of his paintings will be planned.

In his honor and memory, take a walk in the woods, be creative, listen to Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, throw the dice, look to the skies and, most importantly, be a compassionate presence for others. He’ll be remembered as a gentle soul.

The family is grateful to Madrone Hospice House in Yreka for his care in his last days here on earth. God speed, Daryl.

Online condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com. Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.