By Alison Bailin Batz
Benjamin “Ben” Brooks II was born in California in 1940 and while he didn’t attend college, he was “brilliant and determined,” says his son Benjamin “Tres” Brooks III.
With 18-month-old Tres in tow, Brooks and his wife, Donna, moved to Arizona in 1964 with a vision.
“He believed owning a home was a dream, but owning land meant you were building a legacy,” Tres says. “And Arizona felt like the Holy Grail when it came to building that legacy.”