Jeff Brotman

  • Born: September 27, 1942
  • Died: August 1, 2017
  • Location: Medina, Washington

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Jeff Brotman

Costco chairman co-founded the warehouse retailer...

Jeff Brotman, the co-founder of warehouse retailer Costco and chairman of its board, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Jeff when he was an instructor on introduction to law. He appreciated and commended my writing and encouraged me to attend law school. He was kind enough to write letters of recommendation for me. Went to law school and have 40 years plus in the profession
Jeff was always and remained an interesting and astute person, a real mensch to his community and fellow citizens.
He did a lot for education and left a legacy of employment for thousands. A fine lawyer, but an even better retailer. Turns out we had a number of friends in common. And they are heart broken.
Never heard a bad word about him, really. Sure miss him. Thanks Jeff for being a fine person and good friend.

Posted by buck mcallister - Phoenix, AZ - friend   April 11, 2018

My sincere condolences. What a nice reputation to leave behind! He has touched many lives and they will not forget him. Find strength from our Heavenly Father through prayer.

Posted by A friend   September 03, 2017

To Family and Friends
I never actually met Jeff or even traveled to the same continent but I feel I had a connection with him. I have read a lot about him in the media and watched countless interviews to try and get to know the man whose legacy has given meaning to my adult life.
I would like to say a sincere thank you for all your hard work. If it wasn't for your Vision and hard work myself and millions other would not be in work and making a great living for ourselves.Thank you for giving us a platform and building a culture where we have not only learnt lessons to better our service but we can incorporate into our lives.
My deepest sympathies and condolences to all your loved ones. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by Ayesha Aslam - Birmingham   August 20, 2017

Jeff lived his life well and accomplished more than most. Sandy and I enjoyed his skills as a lawyer and warmth as a friend in the 1970's. Condolences to the family and friends....

Ed and Sandy Bigler
Hood Canal, WA

Posted by A friend   August 19, 2017

My deepest Condolences to your family and friends! Rest in peace and know that your legacy and company you helped build will continue to change the world and provide for the over 100 thousand employees and there families! I am one of those employees and I truly thank you for taking the chance in 1983 and giving me the life I have. Always grateful.

Rest in Peace
R. Perretta

Posted by Rome Perretta    August 17, 2017

I only met you once, whilst you visited the UK but I would like to thank you for the future you (Costco) gave me & my family.
I joined our Costco family (I thought fo the festive period only) 23 years on. I am still in love with Costco Wholesale! It is in my blood forever ❤.
Thank you for the opprotunity to join Costco, one huge worldwide Costco family - GNGB

Posted by M LR - London   August 16, 2017

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Deepest sympathy, may his soul RIP.

Posted by Suthagar Panayadiyan - Sunbury on Thames UK   August 14, 2017

Thank you Jeff for giving so much to so many. Our thoughts are with your family and we wish them all a long life. They should be proud of how many lives you have touched. You have built a business that supports millions of people. An amazing feat. You completed this whilst remaining a well respected gentleman. What a great man!

Posted by - London, UK   August 14, 2017

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RIP Big man

Posted by Mustansar Mehmood - Birmingham 'ENGLAND   August 14, 2017

My thoughts are with his family at this special time.

Posted by Sam Sleck - Sunbury 127   August 14, 2017

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I am deeply saddened by the sad news of jeff's death.most of us are employed because of what this great man started.my condolences to the entire family and Costco as a worldwide business.

Posted by Joseph Rwamirindi - Basingstoke United Kingdom   August 14, 2017

To the Brotman Family - Very sad for your loss. What a legacy of giving, creativity, entrepeneurship and heart Jeff left. He will continue to inspire for a long, long time. Bless you all.
Lisa Rogers

Posted by Lisa Rogers - Los Angeles, CA   August 13, 2017

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Many prayers and ANGEL WINGS to guide you all to a place where he is at peace . The life he has blessed you with was because of his love and greatness he had in his HEART.... I know he's done right by his employees..... so his FAMILY was cherish by such a rich soul... The world was a better world because of his presence.... BE PROUD ❤

Posted by Charli Hogan. .. costco#660 - Tacoma, WA   August 10, 2017

I only met Jeff briefly but he had such an amazing spirit and energy. Thank you for all of your positivity that you gifted to the world. You will be missed. Condolences and love to all of the family.

Posted by Jessica Herren - Houston, TX   August 10, 2017

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Dear Susan and family, Through Jeff many things were made. In him was life, and his life was a light to so many others. May that light comfort you.
I heard Jeff speak a couple times at UW. He inspired anyone who met and heard him.

Posted by Helen Boyer - Issaquah, WA   August 09, 2017

It was honor to have known Jeff and I know he will be missed by so many. He was truly the whole package and made such an impact on all.

Posted by Wendy - San Diego, CA   August 09, 2017

Dear Susan, I'm so very sorry for your loss. We have always been proud of you being from Hamilton and going to school with you. We have admired Jeff from a distance. Long time members of Costco, we appreciate all the good your company has done. May you find peace knowing how many are praying for you.

Posted by Linda (Mielke) Anderson - Oro Valley, AZ   August 08, 2017

Susan and family,
My heart felt condolences to all as Jeff's unexpected passing is a tremendous loss to all of us. I have known him since the very beginning of Costco and never met a more heartfelt, caring and generous individual in my life! We worked very closely together when he chaired the United Way campaign as he was deeply committed to this cause. We even made a personal bet on how much money we could raise. We exceeded the goal and I won the bet, which incidentally was a Costco hotdog! A few days later I received a signed hotdog coupon in the mail from him. Needless to say, I still have it to this day and will cherish it in memory. He was the best................ja

Posted by John Alley - Issaquah, WA   August 08, 2017

Susan and Family,

I am sending you all my deepest sympathies, love, and prayers for grace, comfort, peace, and strength. It was a privilege to have met Jeff at your wedding reception, Susan, and it was so apparent then how very kind, witty, warm, and loving he was. Lovingly, Lynn (Dale) Bandaruk (your friend from San Francisco)

"Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by." Psalm 57:1

Posted by A friend   August 08, 2017

Susan,
Please accept our sincerest condolences and know that we share your grief and loss. Jeff had become a very close and special friend, we had a special connection that is hard to describe. He was my role model for business, philanthropy and life in general. He was telling me that 70's is the 50's today and was looking forward to his retirement. He went peacefully, but 20 years too early. He will be sadly missed and najma and I are here for you.
Firoz

Posted by Firoz Lalji - Bellevue, WA   August 08, 2017

To the loved ones of Jeff Brotman, please accept my deepest condolences. As a employee of Costco for 24 years I have always had the greatest respect and admiration for Mr. Brotman, together with Jim Sinegal built an amazing company that has provided an extraordinary amount of employees like myself a life they would otherwise never had working elsewhere. From the bottom of my heart I thank your Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Friend for his amazing life. Rest assured his legacy is a great one. Well Done Sir.The World needs more Jeff Brotmans. May you all find comfort in each other and knowing Jeff is loved by all of us at Costco. #1177

Posted by Jane Donovan - Bridgewater, NJ   August 08, 2017

I was deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Jeff had an amazing vision that touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. I was blessed to be one of them. I pray that you all find great strength and peace during this difficult time.
My condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by Karen S - Pembroke Pines, FL   August 07, 2017

Dear Susan and family, As a 32 year employee at Corproate I had the honor and pleasure of seeing Jeff around the office from time to time. He always had a smile and a hello. When Jim made the announcement last Tuesday one of my first memories was one of the first stock holders' meeetings. My parents were with me and I was able to introduce them to Jeff. My mom was so excited to meet him! My parents are both gone now but that is one of many happy memories I have of them and my life with Costco. As others have noted all Jeff did for so many will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on through you all. Thank you for sharing your husband and dad with all of us at Costco for so many years. May you find peace with time and joy in your memories. God bless you. Lisa Clements

Posted by Lisa Clements - Renton, WA   August 07, 2017

Susan and family, thinking of you during this most difficult of times. I celebrate my good fortune and that of everyone who had the privilege of having Jeff in their lives. I always admired his vision, energy, and commitment to everything and everybody during his journey through life. He once told me of what he wanted to accomplish in his life and has certainly exceeded even his ambitious goals. I wish my old college friend well as his journey continues!

Posted by Tom Teel - Burt Lake, MI   August 07, 2017

What and interesting Man. Sadden by your loss and it appears by the comments He was a man for all seasons. Please know that the God of all comfort hears your cries and He will rescue you with comfort and peace during this sad occasion Please call on Him. (Psalms145:18,19)

Posted by Linda W - Atlanta, GA   August 07, 2017

May 'God' give the BROTMAN FAMILY peace during this most difficult time. -Isaiah 9:7

Posted by CC. - IL   August 07, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends. It hurts deeply to,lose a loved one may God grant you peace to cope with your loss Phillipians 4:6,7.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2017

Susan and family. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. May Jeff rest in peace knowing he lived and loved life to the fullest.

Posted by Angie Thrailkill- Seubert - Cheney, WA   August 07, 2017

Posted by David Robanske - Lakemoor, IL - coworker   August 07, 2017

I joined the Costco family 9/2/86. We were a small company; 22 locations that I quickly learned by name & number. I was a high school graduate, with no degree but a strong sense of commitment & work ethic. I retired in 2012 at the age of 51. Blessings & prayers to Jeff's family & the Costco family that I will forever be a part of. RIP Jeff. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your legacy

Posted by Diana Duex - Bothell, WA   August 06, 2017

A week ago today, Jeff was dancing with his grandson, Leo, at my daughter's wedding in Montana. He was smiling and happy. It was a wonderful, sunny day.
Jeff was an extraordinary man - in business, in humanitarian causes, but more than that, for me, in his personal connections. He could find common ground with everyone he met. He cared as much for the janitor as he did the CEO. He treated his family and extended family in a way that made us all feel loved. He was funny, fun, outgoing, and so incredibly interesting.
I sometimes joked with him about how nice he was to include his "hillbilly" cousins in his world. He'd roll his eyes, get a smirk on his lips, and say, "Well, You know how it is, I have to keep the wife happy"!
We will miss him so, so much.

Posted by Brooke Nelson - Kalispell, MT   August 06, 2017

I worked at Kirkland Costco from 2003 to 2016 it is an awesome place to work. I saw Mr Brotman many times over the years and remember his great smile. May he R.I.P. Hugs to his family:)

Posted by Sharon McKee - Kirkland, WA   August 06, 2017

My condolences and prayers are with the Brotman family as well as our Costco family. I have been with Costco since the 4th avenue store opened in 1983 and I remember Jeff as a gentle giant, a man dedicated to a vision that has gone far beyond what any of us could have imagined from our humble beginnings. Throughout the decades I have known Jeff to be kind, personable and professional. My life and the lives of many friends and family members have been transformed through our careers at Costco. Thank you for following your passion and co-founding this incredible company with Jim Sinegal. I am forever grateful to you.

Posted by Stephenie Nelson (Irons) - Atlanta, GA   August 06, 2017

Dearest Susan, Amanda (and family) and Justin: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We have such fond memories of Jeff- back to playing tennis and riding in his Rabbit convertible in Palm Springs. He truly was one in a million and our hearts are heavy with sadness. We hope that you all find comfort and strength in the days ahead in sharing all the wonderful memories you carry. With much love, The Victor's- Butch, Sharon, Brian, Amy and our families.

Posted by The Victor Family - San Diego, CA - family   August 06, 2017

My sympathies and condolences to Brotman family -- the news hit me like a ton of bricks as well so I can not imagine the true pain they are dealing with.. Mr. Brotman (Jeff) was a true man of integrity - his smile and humor in the years I knew him was one I never forgot -- Even though I was a "lowly worker" he knew my name as I sat outside his "office" at Store #1 those first early months -- he never forgot the names of those he worked with and when I saw him over 20 years later after leaving Costco, he still recalled who I was and where I had move on to -- The world was blessed to have him for the time he was here AND I was pleased to have him as a mentor for the time I knew him -- May he be at rest and his family be at peace knowing he touched more lives than they may know

Posted by Scott Case - Puyallup, WA   August 05, 2017

Jeff was truly a class individual and instrumental in helping Costco succeed through the years. Of all the accolades he will be accorded in the coming months, his philanthropy and commitment to family values will be the shining star of his legacy. Thoughts are with Susan and the family. He will be missed. Tom Zumek 30 years

Posted by Tom Zumek - Milton, WA   August 05, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort be with you .

Posted by Lynn    August 05, 2017

To the Brotman Family, our prayers and thoughts are with you.....Thank you Jeff......God Bless
Dave Faraca and family

Posted by Dave Faraca - Puyallup, WA - coworker   August 05, 2017

I am a 30 year Costco employee and proud of it, I have a great job, life and family.....it all couldn't be possible with out a company owner like Jeff, as I read my company email about Jeffs death it really made me again appreciate again what and where I came from. I did have a chance to meet Jeff once at my buildings opening and truly an honor. To his family I am sorry for your loss,

Posted by David Young - Coeur d'alene,, ID   August 05, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   August 05, 2017

Dear Susan and family: my thoughts are with you. May you find comfort only God can bring during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   August 05, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Brotman. May God comfort your hearts and strengthen you each day. Isa 57:18

Posted by B H - MD   August 04, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the Brotman family. Mr. Brotman has left behind an impressive business and personal legacy as well. May the God of all comfort give you comfort and strength through this difficult time.
Sincerely,

Posted by Pat - NC   August 04, 2017

Susan and family, I am so very sorry for you all. I've been thinking of you all week and praying for your strength. Your family is so very dear to me.. I love you.❤

Posted by Bonni Dunn - Yakima, WA   August 04, 2017

Very kind and a sweetheart of a man

Posted by Jane Gammie - Bellevue, WA - neighbor   August 04, 2017

MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING YU A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17.17

Posted by KELLEY - OH   August 04, 2017

Remembering your great love story today and always.

Posted by A friend   August 04, 2017

Jeff will be missed. Jeff is as brave and righteous individual who saw many things that have inspired me to live that life that I live. Thank you for being a part of my family's life. I would like to wish the Brotman family peace and love. I will always remember you.

Posted by Jordan - Bellevue, WA   August 03, 2017

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   August 03, 2017

Beloved gentleman....... Like no other

Posted by Whitney Hines - Medina, WA - neighbor   August 03, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to Susan and her children. My thoughts are with you in this time of such sudden grief. Wishing you peace and strengths in the time to come.

Posted by Marion - Seattle, WA - acquaintance   August 03, 2017

He will be missed. I thank him and his vision for changing my path in life. Without Costco, I wouldn't be who I am today. Prayers to the family. P Scott

Posted by A friend   August 03, 2017

Sorry about your loss love may you find comfort, peace and strength in his memory. Our Loving Creator is always there to comfort us; Jeremiah 29:11; Reverlation 21:3

Posted by C E - FL   August 03, 2017

I don't know Mr. Brotman personally, but thank you for being a visionary and creating Costco. What an institution and legacy to leave behind! And thanks for all your philanthropy. He's truly left a mark in this world. Bless him and the rest of the family. I will light and candle and say a prayer for a great man.

Posted by Robin Atkins - Lynnwood, WA   August 03, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends. We are sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jan & Pat - Asotin, WA   August 03, 2017

My sincerest condolences are with the family and friends of Mr. Jeff Brotman.

Posted by A friend   August 03, 2017

With deep sympathy to the Brotman family, I am saddened to read of your loss. There are many praying for you to find peace and comfort as we look forward to the future when God will wipe away all of our tears and there will be no more sorrow. May the actions of Jesus Christ, at John 11:11-14, give you a sure hope of wonderful things to come from God in the future.

Posted by Wells Family - CA   August 03, 2017

My condolences to the Brotman family as I wish them comfort and peace. Mr. Brotman was an amazing, gifted, and generous man. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Almighty comfort you among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

Posted by Tony Lund - Vashon Island, WA   August 03, 2017

What a huge loss. My prayers are with the family during this time of bereavement.

Posted by TT - Atlanta, GA   August 03, 2017

Truly sorry for this great loss. Jeff's fine legacy will surely be remembered. May he forever be in our hearts and in God's book of life. (Rev.3:5)

Posted by A friend   August 03, 2017

I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. And also may your family find comfort love and strength and with the loving support of family and friends at this time.

Posted by Thea    August 03, 2017

When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. ( Hosea 13:14 ) J A

Posted by A friend   August 02, 2017

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Thank you for being such a great man. You have changed my life for the better and for that, I thank you. God bless.

Posted by - Layton   August 02, 2017

I am so proud that I was there at the inception of Costco in 1982 while at DlJ in Nyc.

Posted by Cynthia Nelson - Nyc, NY - friend   August 02, 2017

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Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   August 02, 2017

So sorry for your loss, may the God of comfort grant you peace.

Posted by A friend   August 02, 2017

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He was a remarkable man who leaves an indelible legacy. He was in involved in many charities and philanthropy. My condolences to his wife children and family.Rest well Mr.Brotman Shalom Sir!

Posted by Steven Altamonte - FL   August 02, 2017

My condolences and prayers to Mrs Brotman and family. May God grant solace to the family during this most challenging time. Mr Brotman was truly an amazing and compassionate gentlemen of integrity. We will always remember his legacy of philanthropy, and his generosity. With Love & Prayers

Posted by Al - NY   August 02, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Toprka, KS   August 02, 2017

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Mr Brotman was a very hard-working man and so many peoples loved. I know that God love you,

Posted by A friend   August 02, 2017


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