Family, friends and faith. Honesty, loyalty and love. These are just some of the words that describe storyteller extraordinaire Jeb John Rosebrook. On August 31, 2018 Jeb was welcomed in Heaven, where without a doubt, he was greeted by family and friends eager to hear the latest news and stories from home.
Jeb was born in
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Jean; his in-laws William Frederick Fischer and Eunice Gray Fischer; sister-in-law Catherine Joan Fischer; brother-in-law Lt. Col. William Howard Fischer, USAF; uncles and aunts: Mary Corinne Rosebrook, Charles and Ellen J. Rosebrook, Robert S. and Martha Rosebrook Tomlinson, Edward and Cecelia Fallon McGlone, William and Florence Fallon Hopewell, Tom and Virginia Fallon Anderson, Bill and Ann Fallon Morgan and Harry B. and Eve Fallon Quier; and, many beloved cousins and close friends.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Eva Fischer Rosebrook of 58 years (August 6, 2018 was their anniversary); his son Jeb Stuart Rosebrook (Julie); daughter Katherine Fallon Rosebrook Goode (Robert); grandchildren Jeb Alan Rosebrook, Kristina Corinne Rosebrook, Fallon Gray Goode and Jack Rosebrook Goode; his sister- and brother-in-law Elizabeth “Betty” Fischer Silva and Tony Silva; and sister-in-law Sonya Fischer, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.
Because of childhood asthma, his parents chose to send him West from their
He graduated from
In 1961, Jeb and Dorothy moved to
In 1981, he partnered with well-known Hollywood producer Joe Bryne, and as a writing-producing team, they enjoyed a successful partnership until Jeb’s passing, which included the production of the television series “The Yellow Rose” and “The Outsiders,” and the television specials, “Hobo’s Christmas,” “The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues” and “Four Diamonds.” Over the course of his six-decade writing career, Jeb was nominated for two Writers Guild of America nominations for best television dramas, the two-hour episode of “The Waltons” titled “The Conflict,” and his adaptation of the novel, “The Prince of Central Park.” For “I Will Fight No More Forever: The Story of Chief Joseph,” he and co-writer Theodore Strauss received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay and the Christopher Award. For his shared screenwriting credit with Gerry Day for Disney’s “The Black Hole,” Jeb also received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Writing from the
In recent years, he returned to some of his favorite genres of writing: non-fiction, theater, novels and memoir. He was a contributing writer to “Arizona Highways, “True West” and “Harnett’s Sports Arizona.” With Earl Hamner, he adapted The Waltons “The Conflict” into a stage play. available through Dramatic Publishing, with permission of Earl Hamner and Warner Brothers. He published the first two volumes of his American Trilogy, “
Jeb’s greatest joys in life centered around writing, storytelling, family and friends. He also had a great love of sports. An athlete as a young boy, he played football and basketball in high school (and a walk-on in freshmen football at Washington & Lee); he was the catcher for his advertising softball team (an All-Star!); and was always an avid tennis player until a shoulder injury sidelined his game. He was a lifetime New York Yankees fan, but his heart belonged to his Brooklyn Dodgers and continued when they moved to
Born with the gift of the Irish “blarney,” there was never an audience too small with which Jeb would share his love of his childhood, movies, sports, books, bars, music, cross-country drives, writing and life from New York to Virginia, from Arizona to Los Angeles. His storytelling is legendary, as were his friends.
Jeb was also a dedicated volunteer, mentor and teacher throughout his life. He served on the vestries of his churches, the boards of the local YMCA, his daughter’s schools and the
A funeral mass and celebration of life will be celebrated at All Saints Episcopal Church,
ROSEBROOK, Jeb (Jeb John Rosebrook)
Born: 6/11/1935, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 8/31/2018, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
Jeb Rosebrook’s westerns – producer, writer:
The Virginian – 1969 [writer]
Junior Bonner – 1972 [writer]
I Will Fight No More Forever (TV) – 1975 [writer]
The Yellow Rose (TV) – 1983-1984 [producer, writer]
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1984 [writer]
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (TV) – 1987 [writer]
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV) – 1991 [writer]
Black Fox: The Price of Peace (TV) – 1995 [writer]
Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs – 2017 [himself]