Michael Del Brooks

May 13, 2019

Michael Del Brooks, 41, died late Monday, May 13, 2019 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver northeast of Bloomington. Known to all as Mikey, he was returning home from work by bicycle.

Mikey was born in Richmond, Indiana to Charles and Ginny Brooks.    

Mikey’s commitment to cycling grew from his desire to exit the fossil fuel economy, a cause he remained dedicated to throughout his life. Adventurous and passionate, Mikey lived all over the country before deciding to make Bloomington his home.

Mikey's love of the earth and children were undeniable. With a smile on his face and a child in his arms, Mikey affected and inspired everyone he met. A passionate learner and creator, Mikey was eager to share his insights with others and hear their perspectives. He used these ideas to design communities that were environmentally conscious, with a system of respect, allowing all members to contribute their voices. He was a blessing and an example to all he met. Visionary. Iconic. Legendary. He took any challenge. He challenged assumptions. He opened minds.

He is survived by his mother and four children, Simon Brooks, Niko (Eve) Newby Brooks, Judah Newby Brooks, and Robin Brooks Boulding. Also surviving are his partner Kit Boulding; siblings, Rick Brooks, Nicki Combs, and Vicki Martin; and former partners, Mia Beach and Nic Newby. Mikey was happiest foraging and planting and is also survived by numerous blueberry bushes and hazelnut and paw paw trees.

A Celebration of Life will be held July 27, 2019. Please reach out to a family member for additional details.

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   My memories of Mikey were as Vicky and Nikki's little brother who came on all our girl scout outings and meetings. He really was the little brother to all the girl scouts in Ginny's troop. So happy to read how well he grew up. My condolences to his family.  

    Kerry Goldbar Moore

   I loved Mikey. We were friends in high school. One excellent memory I have is of Mikey giving me a hug in front of my locker when I was having a bad day. It was such a great hug I remember it over twenty years later. I worked with both Mikey and Rick at Rose City Pet Shop.  The world has lost a gem of a person.  

   I would love to know more about the celebration of his life scheduled for July but have lost contact with his family long ago. If anyone knows Rick, tell him I would love to make contact. It’s been too long.

My condolences to his family and friends.

   Amanda Kavanagh (Hartman)

   So sorry for the loss this great. Mikey and I attended school together. Even went to winter formal my sophomore year. Amazing person, he will be sadly missed.

   Corinne Westerfield

   My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of grief. The memories that I have will last forever, he touched so many and left lasting impressions a beautiful soul. I will remember you always.

   Kelley Cruse-Nicholson