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 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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