Roger Dean Brobst Dies; Was Sitkan for 14 Years

Roger Dean Brobst

Roger Dean Brobst was born in Long Beach, California, in 1947 and passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 26, 2020.

He moved to Sitka in the mid 1980s and began a career at Center for Community working with people with developmental disabilities. During this time he went back to school and received a master’s degree in rehabilitation administration from the University of San Francisco. He served as the executive director of Center for Community from about 1986 until 2000. 

He continued his career in rehabilitation administration as executive director of REM Tennessee in Memphis. After moving to Phoenix in 2002, Roger took an interest in real estate and earned his real estate license and later his broker’s license. He continued with real estate until he retired in 2016.

In his retirement Roger was learning to play the guitar, loved the blues, fishing, the beach and classic trucks and cars. Roger took an interest in people’s lives and wanted to know what made them tick. He was a great listener and full of fun. He had a wonderful relationship with God and he will be missed.

Roger is survived by his wife Kathleen de la Serda of Phoenix; his brother William Brobst of Grass Valley, California; his sister Deanna Bourget of Redding, California; and his son Liam Brobst of Victoria, Australia.

Roger’s ashes are interred at the Close Garden at All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix.


Kathleen de la Serda may be contacted at 1701 E. Colter, Unit 4090, Phoenix, AZ 85016; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 602-896-4265.



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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 2,414

Total statewide – 167,008

Total (cumulative) deaths – 953

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,311

Current Hospitalizations – 81

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 130 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 7

Cases in last 7 days – 130

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,467

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.