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Chester (Chet) Vaughn Brookins, 78, passed away peacefully at home on September 19th in El Dorado Hills, CA. He was born on June 9, 1939 in Sacramento, CA.

Chet grew up in Sacramento, CA. He received his Masters in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. He served in the US Coast Guard until 1960. In 1971 he took a leave as Deputy with the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department to work in a civilian capacity in Saigon. He lived in and traveled to many countries including Zaire, Thailand, Colombia, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, China, Panama, but his favorite country with the United States. He was a proud patriot.

Chet had a calling for helping the underprivileged and disenfranchised. He served as Affirmative Action Program Director for Beck Construction during the completion of the Strauss building in San Francisco, and was instrumental in getting the first female apprentice placed in the carpenter’s union. He also helped open the apprenticeship programs of the Operating Engineers and Glazers. He was a member of the Teamster Union, and served as president for Local 315 during the early 90's. He was Managing Director of Relations Research, a human resource consulting firm specializing in work place violence issues until his retirement. The various organizations that Chet was involved with during his career included the Human Rights Employment Committee, Apprenticeship Opportunities Foundation Personnel Committee, Native American Advisory Committee, and was a past member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Indian Affairs. Later in life he was a member of The El Dorado County Sheriff's Posse and a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus fraternity organization of the Catholic Church. He was a member of the Karuk Tribe (Klamath River) and took great pride in his native American heritage.

Chet is survived by his wife Nancy Brookins. They were happily married for 22 years. He is also survived by his brother Donald Saindon (Rosemary); daughters Candi Jinnette (Michael); and Joylene Brookins; Grandsons Marcus Ortega and Michael Jinnette, II; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Chet will be remembered for his sharp intellect, sense of humor, sage advice, loyalty, generous nature, and love of cats and cigars!

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 29th, 11:00 a.m. at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 307 Montrose Drive, Folsom CA.

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