James Francis Brobin, 82, dies

James Francis Brobin, 82 of New Brighton, MN. Born Feb. 15, 1935, Jim lost his year-long battle with ALS on September 16, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Ann and Red Brobin and brother Robert. Jim grew up hunting and fishing, graduating from Ely High School. He married Sandra Meyer after they both graduated from St. Cloud Teachers’ College where they met. Jim started teaching at Mounds View HS in 1958 and was a fixture in the Biology Department for 34 years. At Mounds View, he was also instrumental in building a strong and successful swimming program. Jim retired in 1992 enjoying world travel with Sandy including many warm winters in Mazatlán. His booming voice and outsized personality will be missed by family, friends and the countless students and athletes who were influenced by “Coach B.”
Survived by wife Sandra of 60 years; children James Jr, Colleen (Mike), Christopher (Julie), Natalie (Steve); nine beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild Clark, born 9/13/17.
A celebration of Life is on October 6 at Centennial Methodist Church in Roseville. Visitation at 10:30 am. The celebration of Life(non-denominational) at 12:00 followed by luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Minnesota ALS Society www.alsmmn.org or the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States www.tssus.org are welcome.