Brian Francis Quinn
1963 - 2020
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Brian Francis Quinn
1963 - 2020
Brian Francis Quinn died at home in Portland June 5, 2020, after a four year decline from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis [ALS]. Sachiko, his loving and devoted wife of almost 25 years, and his son Brendan were at his side, as they were throughout his illness.
Brian was born in Spokane in 1963 to John and Patricia Quinn, the youngest of seven children. Brian was witty and funny and loved to tell a good story. He spent a lot of time outdoors with his father and siblings. From his mother, he found his love of reading and history. He loved to travel and experience life to the fullest. Running, biking, birding and hiking were precious to him.
Brian graduated from Gonzaga Prep, and went on to receive his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon. There he made many lifelong friends. He never wavered in his love of the Oregon Ducks and spent many hours following his teams!
Brian met his wife Sachiko Ukei while teaching English in Japan. They traveled extensively around the world before returning to the U.S. and settling in Portland, where their son, Brendan, was born. Brian secured a Master's degree from Portland State in Education and began a 20-year career as a teacher in the Portland School District. Brian loved to teach and he had a genuine passion for pedagogy. He made a difference in the lives of his students, and he imparted a lasting love of learning in them. Brian spent 18 years teaching Humanities at West Sylvan Middle School before the onset of ALS forced him to retire several years ago.
Brian was an intrepid traveler and his summers read like a travel brochure. Sachiko and Brendan experienced many adventures with him, including sleeping in a remote Fire Lookout in the Ochoco National Forest. He always included an annual trip to the family home in Sandpoint, Idaho and Christmas was spent in Bend, Ore. Brian also enjoyed taking an annual summer cycling trip with his close friends from college. They dubbed it "Tour de Scrowl." Throughout his illness, they were there to support him.
His passion for all things birding kept him going during his illness. Brian and Sachiko were able to visit Costa Rica after his diagnosis and they sighted 350 different species of birds, including the elusive "Resplendent Quetzal."
Brian's family members are eternally grateful for the loving care Sachiko and Brendan gave Brian throughout his extended illness. Their dedication to his medical needs and support of his desire to continue his adventurous travels allowed Brian to face his illness on his own terms.
Brian was preceded in death by his mother; and his brother-in-law, Ken Hudson.
Brian leaves behind his wife, Sachiko; his son, Brendan; father, John R. "Jack" Quinn; siblings, Tim Quinn (Wanda), Christine Hudson, Dennis Quinn, Eileen Sterling (Kelly), Maureen Hammond (Curt) and Meg Quinn; many nieces/nephews, great-nieces/nephews and numerous cousins.
The family suggests remembrances to Portland Audubon, the ALS Association Oregon and S.W. Washington Chapter, or the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Friends are invited to share memories, pictures and leave messages for the family online at Mt. Scott Funeral Home: mtsfh.com
A Celebration of Life for Brian will occur at a later date.
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Published in The Oregonian from Jun. 12 to Jun. 14, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the news of Brian's passing. As a West Sylvan Middle School friend and colleague, he was always professional, enthusiastic, and caring. His positive nature and sense of humor made working with him a pleasure. Post-retirement I often substituted for Brian. His communication was outstanding and his lessons were consistently well-organized and structured. He will be greatly missed.
Daria De Lillo
Coworker
June 15, 2020
I worked in Alaska with Brian and was truly lucky to have met him. My wife Cathy and loved to visit with him and Sachiko in Portland til we had kids and started operating in different waves. He was funny, smart and so full of life. His energy was impressive as was his character. RIP Young Master Quinn
John Lee Brandt
Friend
June 15, 2020
It was such an honor to work with Brian at West Sylvan Middle School He was very caring and had a great sense of humor! He will be missed!
Jessica Hollyfield
Coworker
June 14, 2020
An outstanding teacher and a great person to work with at West Sylvan Middle School. Brian touched the lives of all of his students and made them better people with his kind and generous spirit. Every student should have a Mr. Quinn in their lives.
Allison Mudrick
Coworker
June 14, 2020
Thank You Brian, you made me laugh and you made me think.
Pete Beaumont
Pete Beaumont
June 14, 2020
Thanks for everything, Brian. You made me laugh & you made me think.
Pete Beaumont
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