Brian Thomas Durning
1960 - 2016
Starks Funeral Parlor
3651 S 900 E
Salt Lake City, UT
1960 ~ 2016
Uncompromising integrity, dignity and grace best describe our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend Brian Thomas Durning. He was born on July 5, 1960 in Plainfield, New Jersey and died at his home in Holladay, Utah on August 1, 2016 from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Brian was the fourth child born to loving parents Patrick and Joan Durning.
Brian received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in 1982 and his MBA from the University of Utah in 1991. He had a distinguished 33 year career at PacifiCorp, working most recently as a manager for PacifiCorp Energy. Brian was an avid Utes basketball and football supporter. He enjoyed watching track and field, gymnastics, swimming and diving. He was a lifelong athlete, and had been an accomplished runner. 
Brian met Bryan Harman in June, 1998. They were committed partners for 15 years before they were able to marry on December 23, 2013, following the U.S. District Court ruling that established marriage equality in Utah. He cherished his husband, friends and family.  He maintained his curiosity about the world and its people. He was meticulous.
Brian is survived by his beloved husband Bryan; his mother Joan, sisters Kathleen and Megan; brothers Patrick (Marion), Michael (Julie), and Peter; Bryan's children Alisa and Derek; his nephews; and a host of friends and coworkers. Brian is preceded in death by his father Patrick.
A celebration of Brian's life will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking provided on the north side of the building.
Brian's husband and family wish to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their compassionate care, as well as their collection of Bruce Springsteen music. They also hope that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.
Online condolences may be offered to the family and a tribute video may be viewed at
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 7 to Aug. 21, 2016.
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Celebration of Life
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Starks Funeral Parlor
3651 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT
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Just finding out and breaks my heart. I've never met a human with the integrity this man had. His kindness and friendship will never be forgotten. My heart felt condolences to you Bryan and to Brian's family. RIP my friend.
Dennis Chavez
January 24, 2017
To the Durning family my prayers to your family.
August 16, 2016
My prayers are with you Bryan and the family. Brian played a very important part in my life when I lost Dan. Brian was a great friend, boss, and human being. You will be so missed but the memories will never be erased. May you rest in piece my dear dear friend.
Patty Fest
August 8, 2016
Fare thee well friend and relatives and friends of this fine and considerate man who I have known for 35 years and has given devoted service to many personally and more through his work.
Robert Bennion
August 6, 2016
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