Brian R. Stebbins of Southlake passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. As he was throughout his life, Brian was surrounded by his friends and family during his final moments. Service: A celebration of Brian's life was held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Southlake Hilton in Southlake Town Square. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, www.theaftd.org
. Brian was born Sept. 18, 1957, in Chicago, Ill., to Roland and Sheila Stebbins and was raised in Rockford, Ill. Brian graduated in 1979 from Iowa State University, where he was president of the Student Union and an active member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He married Pattie Nitke on June 24, 1989. Until his illness took him away from the business he loved, Brian was Ppesident and CEO of Cooper & Stebbins, LP, the Southlake-based company that he started with partner and friend, Peter Cooper, in 1996. Brian will be forever remembered for envisioning and developing Southlake Town Square, and for the passion, determination and attention to detail that he brought to Southlake's downtown to life. Brian was a Southlake resident for over 16 years and an active member of the community. He was a founding member and past chair of the Carroll Education Foundation and served on many other boards and other committees supporting the area, including the Dallas Real Estate Council, the Community Foundation of North Texas, the Apex Arts League, GRACE and Art in the Square. Brian will be missed but his spirit and memory live on forever. He was preceded in death by his father, Roland, and brother, Scott. Survivors: His loving wife of 23 years, Pattie; children, Carter and Jenna; mother, Sheila Stebbins; sister, Dianne Stout; niece, Kelli Girardin; business family at Cooper & Stebbins; and many close friends whom he made and kept throughout his lifetime.