Anton Rudolph Brecek Jr. was born on April 16, 1947, in Graz, Austria to Father Anton Rudolph Brecek and Mother Frieda Brecek. Anton lived in Grays Harbor County from 1977 to 2002 where he worked as an educator at J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Wash. While at Weatherwax he served as an English teacher, forensics debate coach and driver’s education instructor. He is most remembered by the community for his student-led television programs on Christian Cable Ministires and for coordinating a teen opinion/essay page in The Daily World newspaper entitled “Our Side of the Fence.”
Aside from teaching, Anton also enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, and exploring with his five best friends from Bellermine Prep High School. He was an avid reader and historian who worked as a volunteer at a local library and as a host parent for the International Studies Institute at the University of New Mexico until his passing in Albuquerque, N.M. on September 24, 2012, as a result of a major stroke.
Anton is survived by his wife, Barbara Brecek of Albuquerque, N.M.; his daughter, Noelle Brecek of Lancaster, Calif.; his son, Aaron Brecek and his wife, Kelsey Hatch-Brecek of Spokane, Wash.; his mother, Frieda Brecek of Des Moines, Wash.; and his four siblings, Brigitta, Roland, Darlene, and Nadine.