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Brian, 72, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023, after suffering from complications from Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated, in Sun City, AZ. He was born on April 10, 1951, in Port Washington, WI. Brian is survived by his loving wife, Laurie, and his cousins G. Zirbes, W. Dross, and H. Dross. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Doris, and his brothers Donald and Bruce. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones.
Brian attended Ann Arbor High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from ASU and an MBA from UCLA. His career began in 1984 after completing his MBA, working for several years at TRW Aerospace in Los Angeles. In 1988, Brian and Laurie moved to Albuquerque, NM, and he began working at Sandia National Laboratories. After a 20-year career at Sandia, he retired in 2008.
Outside of his professional life, Brian had a passion for motorcycles, especially MotoTrials. The friendships he developed in the NM and national MotoTrials communities have remained strong throughout his life. He was always ready for new adventures, whether he and Laurie enjoying dual-sport moto trips or he and his friends on “boys’ vacations” in the Southwest USA and Baja Mexico.
He enjoyed travel whether at home or abroad. His enthusiasm for sports showed in his devoted support through thick and thin of the Detroit Lions and cheering on the AZ Diamondbacks. Growing up in Ann Arbor MI, Brian held a deep loyalty for U of M football - Go Blue!
A Celebration of Brian’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from Noon to 2:00 P.M. at the Menke Sun City Room in Sun City, AZ. Also, a reception will be held at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort New Mexico in summer 2024, date tbd. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rheumatology Research Foundation www.rheumresearch.org