Walter S. Brooks
Walter S. Brooks (1912-2004)
is a native of St. George, Utah. Walt graduated from Dixie College and Brigham Young University, where he starred in basketball and track. While at BYU he was nicknamed Tarzan.
His coaching career began at Hurricane High School in 1936, where he coached baseball for three undefeated seasons, and six-man football until 1945, when he was asked by President Glenn E. Snow to coach at Dixie High School and Dixie College. Walt’s combined coaching record in high school football was 320-36-4. His football teams won six state championships in six-man football and five championships in eleven-man football. During the 1957-58 school year, Walt coached the Dixie Flyers to state championships in both football and basketball.
His coaching and teaching career of 41 years was spent entirely in the Washington County School System. He has served as president of the Utah Association for Health Physical Education and Recreation, and he received the Distinguished Coach Award from the Old Time Athlete’s Association. With a career winning percentage over 90%, he was often named Coach of the Year by fellow coaches and sports writers.
Walt received the Dixie College Distinguished Service Award in 1991, and was inducted in to the Utah High School Activities Association’s Circle of Fire in 1992. He is also a Southern Utah Honors recipient. He has served as a St. George City Councilman and in numerous civic and LDS Church positions. Walt served as bishop of the first Dixie College LDS student ward. In October of 1993, less than two months after being weakened by a stroke, he earned two gold medals at the Huntsman World Senior Games in the shot put and javelin events.
In addition to serving and LDS mission to Mexico in 1932, Walt and his late wife, Irene Cox, completed four Spanish-speaking missions. They are parents of eight children, including two sets of twin daughters. At the present time they have 49 grand children and 73 great-grandchildren.