Bryan David Byrge
1975 - 2014
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Bryan David Byrge
1975 ~ 2014
Bryan David Byrge, 39, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a cycling accident. He returned home to the applause of his Heavenly Father and into the arms of family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of service, kindness, a love for adventure, but more importantly a love for his family.
Bryan was born on February 11, 1975, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up for a time in Denver, Colorado. His family moved to Taylorsville, Utah when he was a boy and there Bryan would grow into the man we knew and loved. Just down the street from Bryan lived the girl who would become his best friend, his eternal companion and mother of his children. He served an honorable LDS mission to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from 1994 to 1996. When he returned, Bryan was sealed to his sweetheart, Katie Ann Vranes, for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on November 23, 1996.
Bryan adored his family. They were the center of all his energy and focus. He was constantly looking for ways to be together whether that was on a vacation, enjoying the great outdoors, attending sporting events or wrestling in the basement. Every day for Bryan was an adventure, which he lived to the fullest.
To Braxton, Dad will always be his racing ski buddy, his coach and best friend. Even though Dad will no longer be there to challenge him to a game of one-on-one, he will be Braxton's defender in heaven. Braxton will carry on Bryan's love of sports and adventure.
With Cade, Bryan will always be that quiet security and support. Every music note played by Cade will remind us of Bryan's love of music. Bryan's focus and drive will flourish in Cade.
To Davis, Dad was the ultimate audience to his comedy routines. Bryan's sense of humor and confidence will live on in the antics of Davis. Davis has also been blessed with Bryan's tender heart and sensitive nature.
Brittea will always be Daddy's little girl. She absolutely adored her father. Bryan's love and warmth towards all people is alive in Brittea. She accepts all and loves people, just like her dad.
For Katie, Bryan will forever and always be her best friend. There is not one without the other. The marriage and love that Katie and Bryan shared only comes along once in a lifetime. They built their life surrounded by love, laughter and charity. And even without Bryan physically by her side, Katie will carry him in her heart.
Bryan was an incredible man. He had a smile that was contagious and a sense of humor that left everyone in stitches. He had a willingness to serve and an ambition for life and work. He had a deep love for the gospel and his Savior Jesus Christ. He was blessed to be surrounded by wonderful co-workers at FishBowl. He was so many things to so many people: Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Brother-in-law, Cousin, Nephew, Young Men Leader, Biking Companion, Snowboard Buddy, Neighbor, Friend. He was what every man is striving to become.
Survived by his loving wife, Katie; children, Braxton, Cade, Davis and Brittea; parents, Johnny Hugh and Marie Byrge; brother, Brandon (Ana) Byrge; father-in-law, Mike Vranes; and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Sally Ball Vranes.
The family would like to express their thanks for the amazing outpouring of love and support shown and felt by many friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Funeral services will he held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm at the Herriman Utah Stake located at 5562 West 13680 South. Viewing will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S.) from 6:00-8:00 pm and on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:45 am prior to services at the church. Interment to follow at Holladay Memorial Park, 4900 S. Memory Lane. Online condolences at

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014.
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July 12, 2018
Bryan was always a wonderful brother to his younger brother Brandon Byrge
March 26, 2014
You and your sweet family are in my prayers.
-Lisa Yadeskie Numbers
March 19, 2014
Jonny and Marie I'm so sorry to hear about Bryan, I know that this is a very difficult time. you are in my prayer, please know my heart is with you.
Paula Nafus
March 18, 2014
I didn't have the privilege of meeting Bryan in this life but I am a member of the Herriman Stake. I live across from the Church and was overcome with the outpouring of Love for this Great Husband and Father. I caught a glimpse of who He was today. Your Family is in my thoughts and Prayers. God will be with You . Sister Williams
Jenny Williams
March 17, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Bryan... you're in my prayers. May you all be comforted at this very difficult time. Dawn Kearl (IBM colleague)
Dawn Kearl
March 17, 2014
So sorry to hear of your recent tragic loss and our prayers go out to your family.
Cherin and Jesse Christensen/Taylorsville
March 17, 2014
I was so sad to hear about Bryan last week. I pray that you and your children receive the comfort of knowing that Heavenly Father loves you and that Bryan loves you and is saddened by this terrible accident but will continue to be with you and your kids as they grow strengthened by their father looking out for them beyond the veil. I am always so in awe of you quick smile and happy attitude and so much appreciate your contributions to our team at work. Please know that my thoughts have been with you often this past week. Please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult and sad time.
MIchelle Leiter
March 16, 2014
Bryan was the nicest man we ever met, Warren and I went to High School with him and he was always such a good guy. We have no words of comfort for this horrible nightmare except we are so sorry this had to happen. Sending your babies hugs.
Misty & Warren Kelm
March 16, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of this terrible tragedy. May our Heavenly Father pour out his love and comfort to the Byrge and Vranes family.
Dave and kris Peterson
March 16, 2014
Katie- We spent countless hours together years ago in nursing school learning, talking, but mostly laughing. My heart goes out to you and your four beautiful kids at this difficult time. The times we have run into each other since our graduation more than 14 years ago, you have always brightened my day with your huge smile and easy laugh and I pray that you will continue to smile and laugh as you remember Bryan and raise your kids. Please let me know if I can help your family out in any way and remember I love and adore you. Love, Katie (the "other" Katie!)
Katie Lowe
March 16, 2014
Katie, Braxton, Cade, Davis, Brittea, Brandon, Ana & Family, Big J (Johnny) and Marie ~

I am truly saddened by the crossing over of Bryan as well as his buddy, John Coons. Both were impressive, dynamic young men. On his deathbed, my Father had no fear of his approaching death, treasured his time here on earth, his life and viewed death not as an end, but a new beginning in a never-ending journey. We do learn and attempt to accept how precious and temporary life here is indeed. I do believe as Bryan's and John's physical vessels will be put to rest, their spirit, values and impact upon us all shall be felt forever with their spirit remaining. God Bless you all and strengthen you through this part of your journey.
KimR Staker
March 16, 2014
Johnny very sorry to hear about your son! our prayers go out to you and your family! AL & BARB HASNA
March 16, 2014
I served with Bryan in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango mission. I was so saddened to learn of his passing last week on the internet. Bryan was truly a Giant Among Men, in every sense of the word. He touched many lives on that sacred mission; investigators, converts, members and his fellow missionaries. He epitomized a true representative of our Savior. I feel his loss and pray for his loved ones as you endure this trial. I am grateful to have known him and send my deepest condolences.
Matt Gadd
March 16, 2014
Katie, our family's hearts mourn for you and your childrens' loss. You cared so lovingly and happily for our son at PCH, and our hearts break to see your shining spirit given such a burden. Our prayers will be with you always.
Love, the Gillespie family
Keri Gillespie
March 15, 2014
Katie, I am heartbroken for your loss. You have a beautiful family. May the spirit bless you with love and comfort. My continued prayers will be with your family.
Brittney Marx Berry
March 15, 2014
I will miss Bryan's smile in my cycle class. Katie your in my thoughts and prayers. May our Savior be ever near during this trial. I will continue to ride for Bryan and my other cycling friends that have lost their lives doing what they love.
Danielle Raulinaitis
March 15, 2014
Katie, Johnny, Marie, Brandon, and all kids; we love you! We love Bryan! He was and is an amazing man, whose example will never be forgotten. All during my early years, my brothers, sisters and I loved to listen to Bryan's jokes and laughter. May God bless all of you at this time. Love, Dan, Chandi and kids Wilde.
Dan Wilde
March 15, 2014
Dear Katie and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Bryan's passing. He was such a great guy and he will be sorely missed. May you find comfort in knowing that he's in a better place now and will continue to watch over all of you. Our sincere love and sympathy. Randy and Eileen Lieber
March 15, 2014
Katie and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Julie Brunson Izatt
March 15, 2014
Our son was a missionary companion with Bryan in Guatamala and he had a very positive influence on him. Trent really loved Bryan. We heard many great stories about Bryan Byrge and how funny he was. May the Lord comfort and bless your family. He was a good man.
Marilyn Hendrickson
March 15, 2014
Katie and family, Bryan was a great man and wonderful father. He loved all of you greatly and will be with you forever. I always enjoyed talking to Bryan and hearing how fun and wonderful life and his family were to him. Our prayers are with you all and may the Lord comfort and bless you.

Lynn, Marla, and all of the Bath Family.
Lynn Bath
March 15, 2014
I want to give my condolences to his family and pray for each of them to find comfort and strength .. By Dave said as he was in life, I feel it was a very special person and I know he is working for our Heavenly Father
March 15, 2014
Katie and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband. May Heavenly Father bless you at this difficult time.
Jamie Faurschou
March 15, 2014
I worked with Brian at DEX. What a blessing to know him even though time was short. I remember his warm smile & laugh. Marie & Brandon my thoughts & prayers are with you. Life goes so fast. You are an eternal family may you find peace in knowing this. Love you
Melba Romero
March 15, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to Katie and her family. I didn't know Bryan, but I remember well Katie and her magnificent Vranes family from our years at Truman Elementary School. Hugs to all.
Miss Ashton, 4th grade teacher
March 15, 2014
He sounds like an amazing man! As a fellow cyclist, my heart is broken that two young men lost their lives doing something they loved. May your family be wrapped in Heavenly Father's love. And may you feel Bryan close each day. Our prayers are with your family. - Leann Hansen
March 15, 2014
To Brandon and the rest of Bryan's family, my deepest condolences go out to you at this time. Bryan was such a fun filled person and I so enjoyed working with him. The world has lost a bright light but heaven has gained a shining star who will watch over all of you until you meet him again.
-Marie Hopkins
March 15, 2014
We love you and are praying for you and the kids. Bryan left a great legacy that will continue in all of you. We are praying for your comfort and peace. May the Spirit abide in your home always. With deepest sorrow. Love the Glade family
March 15, 2014
Katie and kids - Our love and prayers are revolving around your sweet family at this tough time. Bryan was a huge piece of so many hearts, a true example to those who were blessed to know him.
Aimee Smith
March 15, 2014
I never knew Bryan, but as a fellow Utahan I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort that you need. When you are in the quiet moments you will be able to feel his love around you. In a laugh, a ray of sunshine, or on a bike ride too. You will be reunited again in heaven, and great shall be your joy.
Pamela Wiscombe
March 15, 2014
Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Bryan. He was a truly remarkable young man. We watched him and Katie as they grew up and ache to think of them being apart for awhile. Our love to his special family, Katie, their children, his parents and brother. May they feel the loving comfort of our Father in Heaven.
Frank and Shari Goodman
March 15, 2014
Dear Katie and children. Your Dad was a wonderful man and touched the hearts of many. Katie, having lost my own husband I can promise you that Bryan will be there in your times of greatest need both for you and your children. I know because Larry still reaches out to me when I need him most. I offer my sincerest condolensces as you morn his physical loss. I offer you my prayers for comfort as the days ensue. I offer you my assistance should you have any need at all. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Suzy
Susan White
March 14, 2014
My deepest condolences to the family of Bryan may God be with you in this time of sorrow. Sorry I was not able to help him and John that morning.
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