In memory of
Brett Allen Ropes
Brett Allen Ropes c, CA One last wave, one last round of golf, one last classroom lecture, one last 57 cruise, one last Maui sunset?Brett Allen Ropes moved on to new spiritual adventures on October 15, 2016. He was born in Ashland, Oregon on June 5, 1971 to Greg and Linda Ropes. His family of three moved to Camarillo when he was two months old and he made his life and family here, with the exception of a few years in college at Chico State. After graduating with his Master?s Degree, he began his professional teaching and coaching career at his alma mater, Camarillo High School. During the course of 17 years, he taught, inspired, coached and mentored many of Camarillo?s youth. His dry wit and zest for life energized many throughout his career. His presence was large, his laughter contagious. He enjoyed arriving to school early in his distinctive black and white 57 Chevy, often times armed with breakfast burritos or donuts to share with peers and students. His classroom door was always open. The welcome mat was always out. Education and tradition were extremely important to him. His grandfather was a teacher and coach at Camarillo High. His father was a teacher and coach; he knew from the time he was young that he wanted to carry on the tradition, particularly at Camarillo High School. He thrived on competition. While a student at Camarillo High, he played football, basketball, and volleyball. At the age of 15 he started his own DJ business?Sound Wave Productions. He provided music and energy to most of the high school dances. Later, while teaching at Camarillo High, he coached football, basketball and golf. He was the faculty advisor to the Geography Bowl and the Leo Club. During his spare time, he surfed, worked on classic cars and golfed. Among his special accomplishments were qualifying for his PGA card after a grueling 36-hole competition and becoming Golf Champion at Elkins Ranch Golf Course. He also coached his children?s youth teams. His large and eclectic family had the privilege of spending quality time with him during his last few weeks of his illness. He was able to express his love to those close to him, his wishes for laughter and sharing of memories when he could no longer be here and his dreams and hopes for his children for the future. He is survived by his parents, his children, Hailey and Jack Ropes, and six siblings and their spouses. He also enjoyed the love of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many dear friends. His beautiful light is shining bright, guiding us with love and humor. Thank you, Brett, for being such a wonderful human being. We are truly blessed. He requested a private family celebration of his life. His family respectfully requests that any donations in his honor be forwarded to the Athletic Department at Camarillo High School.
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