Updates: Reedley councilman Scott Bro...

Updates: Reedley councilman Scott Brockett, 43, found dead

There are 584 comments on the Fresno Bee story from Sep 15, 2008, titled Updates: Reedley councilman Scott Brockett, 43, found dead. In it, Fresno Bee reports that:

Reedley City Council Member Matthew "Scott" Brockett was found dead from undetermined causes about midnight today, City Manager Rocky Rogers said this morning.

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Melissa Reagan

United States

#1 Sep 16, 2008
WOW! This was a total shock to me. I have grown up around Scott. He and my parents worked together for a number of years on the ambulance in Reedley. He will be missed.
Tracy McIntyre

Kingsburg, CA

#3 Sep 16, 2008
I have only known Scott for the past 8 years or so, and am very sad about his passing. Scott and I have had many disagreements and heated debates on all sorts of topics, but that man was very caring and kind and was always looking out for the kids in our community. Not just his own children, but everyone's. His political views and ideals are exactly what our small community needs and still needs. He will be missed by so many, and my heart goes out to all of his family. I share in your pain and will always remember him for the wonderful things he did and the way he always made time for my children. He was a good man.
Jonmari Loving

Sanger, CA

#4 Sep 16, 2008
saul wrote:
who cares
Everyone who knew Scott CARES!!! He will be missed.
jmcc

Merced, CA

#5 Sep 17, 2008
saul wrote:
who cares
who cares? i would say it would be same the people who won't care when you die...
Excellance

Madison, AL

#6 Sep 17, 2008
Scott and Sequoia Safety Council have been customers of ours for many years as we have built their ambulances. Just recently, Scott traveled to Alabama with his youngest daughter for inspection of their remounted ambulance. I have only known and worked with Scott just this last year and it was a pleasure to have known him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and those at Sequoia Safety Council.
vvr

Manteca, CA

#7 Sep 17, 2008
Wow! I am amazed on people who take the time to add rude comments! There are many people who will miss him! Why comment, if you have nothing nice to write.
Sharon Brockett

AOL

#8 Sep 18, 2008
Melissa Reagan wrote:
WOW! This was a total shock to me. I have grown up around Scott. He and my parents worked together for a number of years on the ambulance in Reedley. He will be missed.
Thank you to everyone who has shared kind words of sympathy for my brother - our family is very grateful.
Sharon Brockett

AOL

#9 Sep 18, 2008
Thank you to everyone who has posted so many kind words. Our family is grateful for your kindness -the loss has been very unexpected and devastating to everyone in our family.
Jillian Brackett

Stevinson, CA

#10 Sep 18, 2008
I am very sorry to hear about Scott. I had a chance to get to know him a bit after writing a story on him for the Reedley Exponent. I also had classes with his daughter Danelle. My sympathies go out to the family. He was wonderfully committed to community.
Pete Lin

Anahuac, TX

#11 Sep 19, 2008
I had visited Reedley few months ago and met Scott through couple friends of mine whom are officers at Fresno and Reedley Police Department. While visiting, Scott took his busy schedules and tours me around Reedley where he is very proud being a part of. During the short period of time, I got to know Scott and was introduced to his son and two daughters. Since I got back to Houston we had spoke on the phone & text on numerous occasions. I am proud to have know him and I can truly call him a great friend of mine. Scott will be greatly missed and my prayers goes out to all your families and friends.
Jacquie Loewen

United States

#13 Sep 19, 2008
Scott used to live next to my parents and he was always loving and caring towards them, and took my dad to the hospital when he had a heart attack. He was there for my mom when she was home alone when dad was in the hospital. They loved Scott and having nothing but great things to say about him. Sharon, I'm so sorry for your family and how devastating this is to them. You're in our hearts and prayers.
Jacquie Loewen

United States

#14 Sep 19, 2008
Rachael wrote:
El Grove Sacramento:
Kingsburg:
There is a secret side of Scott Brockett lots of you folks will never talk about. This nice and friendly guy was also wife beater, a cheat, a drunk, with a habit of popping all kinds of pills plus very corrupt.
As a Politian, he frequently abused the power of his office by utilizing some of Reedley’s dirty cops as his henchmen to intimidate his enemies.
This is the same guy, two of his ex wives told investigating officers how abusive he was to them during their marriage.
Now that he is gone, the good folks of Reedley must elect a real champion who will work to improve every citizen’s quality of life.
__________

I'm disgusted by your comments. You must be a very sad, lonely person. I only hope that people don't write the same things about you when you pass away, as you wrote about Scott.
budd brockeett

Ripon, CA

#15 Sep 19, 2008
I am Scott's father and I take offense with the person who simply signed her name as Rachael. Everything she said is an absolute lie, for he and his ex-wives are on good talking and visiting terms; in fact, they have come to our house to help out in any way possible with funeral services. He was a captain with the Volunteer Fire Department and was Reserve Officer of the Year the two years he served on the force. He is one of the most-respected membrs in this community since birth. I cannot imagine anyone who does not know him make remarks like Rachael did. His four children think the world of their father who called them every night to say "good night" and to make sure that they were alright.
Ralitsa exchange student

Pleven, Bulgaria

#16 Sep 20, 2008
I am from Bulgaria and one year ago I went to the US as an exchange student in Scott's family.
Three days ago I got an email with the internet report telling for his death. I still cannot believe and I don't want to believe it. I am absolutely shoked and for me this is not possible. Why? Why Scott? He has four children, even more with all the exchange students he has hosted. He has more to do here on earth. I just don't want to believe it. Last year I was living with him and his family for two months. I shared my life with all of them for TWO MONTHS. Nevertheless I came back for a number of reasons, I have felt all these people - Scott, Rachel, Katy, Nick, Emily, especially grandma Dorothy and grandfa Budd, and Dave - as part of my life, my experience, my personality, my soul. All that time I was thinking of them, because they became part of me myself, my thoughts and my mind. I was there, living with them, being happy or sad, just being close to them. And now I cannot believe that my first host father is gone, that the person I could talk to one year ago, is not here.
I am crying and I know that this case is very strange, I still believe that this can prove not a death, but another condition. Even in my town, there have been cases in which people have been considered dead, because visibly all the sympthoms were available, but they wake up and doctors cannot believe. They find out that this was another condition. There have been like 2-3 cases like that. I cannot believe it and I dont want to believe that for Scott!!!!!
I will pray. Still something can be done if someone trys, because in case like that, in which the autopsy does not conclude anything, and nothing is known... I still believe I will meet Scott again !!!!!!
have you no shame

Clarksville, TX

#20 Sep 20, 2008
I don't know any of y'all, but how sad is it that this man's family can not grieve their loss with out others trashing him and complaining of a funeral procession?! Where is common curtesy for others? Do you want your family to be treated this way when you pass on? We all have people who do not like us, is it fair to be rude to the family because of it? Just think about it.
Otto M

Kingsburg, CA

#23 Sep 20, 2008
My experience with Scott Brockett came when he started putting BROCKETT signs in yards without the permission of the owners. That takes a lot of nerve. My wife thought it was very rude. Being a Rotarian I would have thought that he'd have more respect than that.
I just hope the community doesn't have a knee-jerk reaction to this and begin naming things like parks, bridges, etc. after him. After all, he didn't even serve one complete term. If they named the waste treatment plant after him it might be OK, I guess.
Melanie G

Clovis, CA

#27 Sep 20, 2008
Nobody should be condemned for their right of free speech. Maybe the left-wing radical who posted that long diatribe above made some points, but in America, EVERYONE has the right to speak, especially on elected officials. If the presidents can be attacked, why not a small town councilman?
Judy Akin-Gibble

Fresno, CA

#28 Sep 20, 2008
Sharon Brockett wrote:
Thank you to everyone who has posted so many kind words. Our family is grateful for your kindness -the loss has been very unexpected and devastating to everyone in our family.
Sharon, I want to hug you right now. I know I'm not family...but Scotty was here three weeks ago today putting the sign in our yard, and yes he spent about an hour talking to Rick his ex-partner on the ambulance........I have not been able to keep my mind off him and the family. I hurt with you. Love, Judy
Janet

United States

#29 Sep 21, 2008
It doesn't matter what Scott may have done or not done in his past. Can people of this world not remember that there are family members who have lost a father and a son. Remember his family and those left behind before you start trashing his memory. Remember a memory is the only thing relatives have. Blessings Brokett family!
Laurie former Reedleyite

Clovis, CA

#30 Sep 21, 2008
budd brockeett wrote:
I am Scott's father and I take offense with the person who simply signed her name as Rachael. Everything she said is an absolute lie, for he and his ex-wives are on good talking and visiting terms; in fact, they have come to our house to help out in any way possible with funeral services. He was a captain with the Volunteer Fire Department and was Reserve Officer of the Year the two years he served on the force. He is one of the most-respected membrs in this community since birth. I cannot imagine anyone who does not know him make remarks like Rachael did. His four children think the world of their father who called them every night to say "good night" and to make sure that they were alright.
Dear Budd, When I heard the news about Scott I was stunned. I am so very sorry for you and your family. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a precious child. I am hoping you will find peace eventually, although I know you will never get over this loss - who could? I am also hoping that the words of those who want to smear his name will be forgotten, and you will just remember the good in Scott and those whom he helped and those he loved. I am sorry I can only send my sympathies this way, as I do not have an address for you. May peace be with you.

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