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David Briick

Briick, David Joseph Passed away peacefully a few days short of his 81st birthday on Friday, June 7, 2013 at his daughter's home in Nunnelly, TN. David was born in Joliet, IL to Herbert Arthur Briick and Anna Louise Dockendorf on June 11, 1932, the third of four children. David served in the United States Army, 826th Tank Battalion, Private 2nd class, during the Korean conflict as a regimental TI & E Instructor and received the National Defense Service medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). In 1972, David began a long and successful life of helping alcoholics achieve lasting sobriety. He was instrumental in opening five substance abuse and behavioral health treatment centers including The Meadows, Cottonwood Hill, Cottonwood de Tucson, Cottonwood de Albuquerque, and Cottonwood de Austin. Before that, he served as the Executive Director of the Councils' on Alcoholism in both Pinal and Pima Counties. With over 41 years of long-term recovery, David helped thousands to change their lives and heal from addiction. He remained active in the recovery community and spoke openly about his triumph over alcoholism until his death. In 1992, David began his battle with cancer and his public campaign through Arizona's Tobacco Free Ways, the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association to educate school children and adults about the consequences of nicotine and substance abuse. Through numerous speaking engagements in and around the state of Arizona, he shared his story until the summer of 2012. David enjoyed his time with school children and appreciated that his message was so well received by them the time spent with the Coconino County Schools were particularly special in his heart and his longest standing educational consulting relationship. He is survived by his children, Cheryl Louise Brown of Nunnelly, TN, David Douglas, and Leah Marie Briick of Acworth GA; 5 grandchildren, Jack Swanson, William Kalahar, Chelsea Salts, Logan Briick, and Garrett Briick; 6 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Herbert Briick and Cele Ann Bona. A celebration of life will be held at the Arizona Inn, Tucson Arizona, September 8, 2013 at 11:00 am. Contact Cheryl Brown at cheryl.brown@live.com or 931-996-3747 for details. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hazelden Foundation, Patient Aid Fund, the facility that saved his life 41 years ago: http://hazelden.thankyou4caring.org/donation-pages/donation-page-david-j-briick

Published in The Herald-News on June 30, 2013
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