1975 ~ 2014|
St. George, Utah-Our dear, sweet husband, father, son, brother, and friend, Brad Brian, was taken unexpectedly from this life in an airplane accident on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Brad was a dreamer, and he usually found a way to make his dreams a reality, a quality that his wife will be endeared with forever. Brad had dreamed of becoming a pilot and flying nearly his entire life, and with the encouragement of his wife, was finally living his dream. Brad was passionate about many things and had a tremendous love for learning. He loved to be adventurous and try new things. He loved business opportunities, was a natural leader and passionate about his career as an Anesthesiologist; he loved his family more than words can express. He loved Friday nights and looked forward to being together with his wife on their weekly dates. He loved to read and teach his children about the gospel of Jesus Christ, about math & physics, Ham Radio, and any topic he himself was learning. He loved to go on family bike rides and walks, thoroughly enjoyed teaching his older two children how to shoot their guns, and enjoyed many family trips to the beach while living in Florida. He loved watching his children learn and grow and develop their talents. He valued education and hard work and was such a great example to his family. He was very organized, intelligent, and goal oriented, always looking towards the future, but he also lived a simple life and lived life to the fullest each day. A favorite saying of his when people asked how he was doing was, "You know, living the dream!" He was a devoted husband and father, a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a true friend to many. He always had a smile, joke, song, quote, or idea that he wanted to share with those around him, and his kind and genuine love for others always drew people to him.
Brad grew up in Loa, Utah and loved the beauty of Wayne County, but he always knew life held adventures and opportunities in other places where he influenced many lives along the way. After graduating from Wayne High School in 1993, he attended Southern Utah University for one year before serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Brazil Salvador South Mission. After returning from Brazil, he attended SUU for one more year before transferring to Utah State University. There he continued his studies in Electrical Engineering and Business and also started dating his long time friend and the one true love of his life, Camille Torgerson, whom he later married in the Manti LDS Temple for time and eternity in May of 1999. He often reminded his wife that he had loved her since the time they were in the same first grade class together and knew that someday they would be together. Brad graduated from USU with Bachelor's Degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Business in 2001. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Bioengineering and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Utah in 2003. He loved the opportunities that came from being involved with the University Venture Fund and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Center during this time. He reached his highest goal of academic achievement when he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2007 from the University of Utah. Upon graduation, Brad accepted a position for his medical residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was mentored by many colleagues there and himself became a mentor to others as he filled a position as a Chief Resident during his fourth year of residency. A highlight of his time in Florida was serving on the physician team for the NASA flight crew and being able to witness the thrill of shuttle launches and landings up close. Brad and Camille cherished the four years they spent in Florida and will forever be grateful for the experiences they had there together. Brad was thrilled to have landed his dream job when he joined Mountain West Anesthesia and began working at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah, in the summer of 2011.
As a family, we will cherish the memories we have of our son, brother, husband, and father. Brad will always be close in our hearts, cheering us along in life's journey. Brad was 38 years old and leaves behind his dear wife, Camille, and their four beautiful children, Kaitlyn (12), Landon (9), Cammi (5), and Connor (4), all of St. George, who adore him and will miss him tremendously; his parents: Robert and Edra Brian of Loa; brothers: Gary and Monica Brian and their children, Heston, JaCee and Jentry; Troy and Brenda Brian and their children, Alexis and Regan; all of Loa; his father and mother-in-law: Burke and Barbara Torgerson of Lyman; and brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by an infant brother, Brent Brian; and his grandparents, Reed & Marjorie Brian, Nelden and Martha May Ellett.
He will be dearly missed by his neighbors, his patients and colleagues at Dixie Regional Medical Center, and his many family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Boulder Ridge LDS Stake Center, 1762 South River Road in St. George, where friends may call for viewing Thursday from 6 to 9 P.M. or Friday from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 prior to the services.
Burial will be Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Loa Cemetery in Loa, Utah under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.
On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 2014