Jack Brokenbough was the firstborn child of John and Willa Brokenbough, and was born in Vineland, New Jersey on April 5, 1943. Since John was in the U. S. Navy, the family relocated to San Diego, California in 1943 to be with him, and later moved to Los Angeles in 1946 where Jack spent his childhood. He attended Gardena High School, and went on to receive his Associate of Arts Degree from Harbor College in Industrial Arts.
He later joined the Reserves and U.S. Navy, where he honorably served and was discharged in 1965.
On February 14, 1965 Jack married Earlina Sydney Brooks. Of that union, one child was born, Kevin Brokenbough. Jack has one adopted son, Anthony Brokenbough.
Jack had the same passion for catering and food service as his mother, and served alongside with her in the family business, Willa Brokenbough Parties, overseeing the military contracts at Fort Wainwright Army Base (Fairbanks, Alaska), Norton Air Force Base (San Bernardino, CA), George Air Force Base (Victorville, CA.), and Bolling Air Force Base (Washington, DC.).
Jack later went on to open his own food service business, J & Y Enterprises, in the High Desert, where he resided from 1989 until he relocated to Colorado. He also operated a check cashing business for a number of years. While residing in the High Desert, Jack served as a volunteer with the Sheriff s Department of San Bernardino for several years and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 9793.
After Jack's kidney transplant, he became involved with and very passionate about, his work with Salad Master, and was on a mission to help others learn to cook and eat more nutritionally. He would drop whatever he was _doing to go teach others, even to his own detriment.
While Jack had a "rough" exterior, he truly had a passion for helping others to succeed. As one friend pointed out, if Jack thought he was right about something, he stuck to his guns and did it his way, and that was the way you did it if he was "coaching" you.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Willa Brokenbough and his brother, Russell Allen Brokenbough. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Anthony Brokenbough of Compton, CA, and Kevin Brokenbough of Victorville, CA; his sister, Diane E Laws-Brown of Los Angeles, CA; 7 grandchildren, Kevin Brokenbough, II, (wife, Shauny), Kiyron Brokenbough, Kenyon Brokenbough, Kylon Brokenbough, Joshua Brokenbough, Brittney Blankenship and David Laffoon; one Great-granddaughter, Ke-auni Brokenbough, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who will surely miss him.