|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2006|
Marvin H. Brookman, 92, one of the PRCA's oldest stock contractors and a Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, died at the Harada House in Wolf Point Jan. 23, 2006.
Marvin was born to Clyde and Wavie Brookman on Sept. 10, 1913. He resided in the Benrud community north of Wolf Point and enjoyed living a cowboy's dream.
Marvin married Doris Mann in June of 1935. In April of 1936, his first daughter, Cleita, was born. In 1936, Marvin joined the Cowboys Turtle Association, which is now known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He served as a pick-up man in the 1930s. In May of 1939, his second daughter, Reita, was born.
Marvin enjoyed being a cowboy and part of the Western Heritage. He has supplied stock to every National Finals Rodeo, except one, since its beginning. He provided stock for the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede since 1941. He loved the rodeo life and watching his horses buck.
In June of 1960, Reita married Jim Reinhart and they together worked with Marvin on the ranch, tending to the livestock and farming needs. That same month and year, Cleita married Jim Ashley and later moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where Jim was stationed in the Air Force.
When the Wolf Point Stampede celebrated its Diamond Anniversary, Marvin was named the grand marshal. At that same time, Marvin received the highest honor bestowed by the Assiniboine Tribe. They named him the "Rider of the Horse," which was Joe Day's grandfather's name. The Stampede Grounds were renamed the Marvin Brookman Stadium in 1992. Marvin was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July of 2005.
Marvin's passion was to drive around in Ol' Dent (which he had many of) and watch his horses and bulls roam the prairie and watch the new prospects be born. His greatest thrill was to watch them grow and then perform at the rodeos. While watching or chasing his livestock, he always managed to find the biggest snowbanks, mudholes, or rock piles to be stranded in, often leaving the family pushing or walking home to seek help.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his son-in-law Jim Ashley, Tyler, Ala.; a sister, Clarada Mann and his brother, Bruce Brookman, all of Wolf Point .
Marvin is survived by his two daughters, Cleita Ashley, Tyler, Ala., and Reita (Jim) Reinhart, Wolf Point ; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Marty and Terri Ashley, Danika and Audrina, Mobile, Ala., Randy and Kristi Estes, Kaitlin, Randall, and Riley, Demopolis, Ala., and Alex and Kari McColman, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dean and Christie Steinley, Mattie and Bill of Sidney, Joe and Tammy Reinhart, Pilar and Hunter, Wolf Point , and Dave and Cathy Wieferich, LaTasha, Tesa, and Tate, Sidney; and a sister, Freida MacDonald, Wolf Point.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Wolf Point High School Gymnasium with interment in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Marvin's name to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame or the charity of one's choice.
Sidney Herald (MT, January 29, 2006
Doris Mann Brookman (1913 - 1997)*
Reita Brookman Reinhart (1939 - 2007)*
Created by: Tom
Record added: Jun 25, 2011
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