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Brien Anthony Stears

In Loving Memory

Brien Anthony Stears

2/16/1967 - 3/19/2018

On Monday, March 19, 2018, we said goodbye to Brien Stears (born in Boulder City, Nevada on February 16, 1967), a truly diverse, remarkably intelligent and kind-hearted soul. Brien was preceded in death by his father, Robert Stears and is survived by the center of his world, son Blake Stears; mother Janet Stears; sisters Mimi (husband Ron) Parkerson and Jena (husband Pat) Loescher; nieces Sheridan, Brianna, and Ava Loescher;  nephews Austin and Peyton Parkerson; ex-wife and forever friend, Paula Stears; and constant supporters ex-mother- and father-in-laws Anita and Joe Woods .

With his grand presence, warm smile, and ability to talk intelligently about any and every topic, Brien had an undeniable vibrancy and people were naturally drawn to him. A friend to everyone, he gave kindness to all, but especially to those in need, literally saving more than one soul with his encouraging words of support.

Brien was a highly-respected chemical engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt at Dow Chemical over his 27 year career.  He was a prolific inventor having 9 granted US patents.  He was a key contributor to technologies that were recently recognized with an R&D 100 award and the ICIS award for Most Technologically Significant New Products of the Year in Process/Prototyping. Brien worked steadily since he was 13 years old, beginning at the Woodward Governor company and followed by numerous winters as a junior Ski Patrol.

Brien graduated with honors from Rocky Mountain high school (Fort Collins, Colorado) in 1985. His academic excellence was complimented by his diverse talents: debate team (winning 3rd in state and part of the nationals); girls tennis team manager; men’s tennis (doubles second in state); legion baseball; accomplished guitar and saxophone player; community member of The Coloradoan Newspaper editorial board; and the list goes on. Following high school, Brien was awarded a scholarship to the University of Colorado, where he earned a Chemical Engineering degree in 1989 and where he was a dedicated member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Brien would surely say (as he often did and with a tear in his eye), that his greatest accomplishment during his academic and professional years, were the friends he made. Those relationships flourished over the years and encompass the people who remember him the most dearly and fondly still today. To sum it up, “We loved that guy!”

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200 The Rev. James C. McGill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Leukemia Society at https://donate.lls.org or to the local SPCA.

Condolences may be sent to the Stears family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.


March 26,2018 - 4:49 pm

Cam Low

Brien was my "Pledge Dad" and we have been friends since college. He always treated me like family and will miss him. My heart goes out to his family, Paula, Blake and his friends. My thoughts are with you all and wish I could be there, but will see you in July in Colorado.

 

March 23,2018 - 3:08 pm

Tipton Masterson

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of Brien. I enjoyed working with him in the Hydrocarbons R&D group for several years before my retirement in April 2015. I knew him to be a kind, intelligent and funny colleague. Everyone spoke well of him...his leadership will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences and prayers for your loss.

 

March 26,2018 - 10:43 am

Denise Cooper

On behalf of my colleagues at Clariant, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Brien. It was always our most sincere pleasure to work with him, he was truly a delight and an incredibly intelligent and kind individual. Our prayers are with Brien's family.

 

March 26,2018 - 11:52 am

Bill Turner

I was truly saddened to learn of Brien's passing. I enjoyed working with Brien and counted him as a friend. My sincere condolences to Brien's family.

 

March 29,2018 - 10:27 am

Dennis Sakofsky

Brien, thank you for showing me how a person can be shockingly intelligent, fun, and very caring all at the same time. You soaked in every moment and experience with such energy. You set a standard that few will ever meet. You were loved by so many of us. I am so sorry you were taken from your family so early.

 

March 24,2018 - 10:47 am

Isa and Carol Mbaraka

My sincere condolences to Brien's family and friends. Brien was a friend and mentor to many and will be missed deeply. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

 

March 24,2018 - 11:15 am

Cathy Tway

Brien was a very special person and will definitely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

 

March 25,2018 - 5:14 pm

Eric Stangland

My profound sympathy at this time of loss. The world is a little more hollow today…

 

March 26,2018 - 1:59 pm

Joe Pelati and Leslie May

Brien was one of the truly good people whom anyone would treasure as a friend. My sincere sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

 

March 26,2018 - 7:15 pm

Kelly Hodge

Brien was a true friend. We spent many fun days on the tennis courts in high school, homecoming dance, and evenings with groups of friends. Our weddings and class reunions brought a tight group of us back together. I will miss you Brien.

 

March 27,2018 - 7:54 pm

Janet Robertson

Paula, you and Blake along with your immediate family, are in my thoughts daily now. My heart goes out to you.

 

March 27,2018 - 11:22 pm

Bridget Mormile

A person that is taken from this earth never truly leaves, they are still alive in our hearts and minds. Remember the great accomplishments Brien achieved including the sweetest little boy - Blake. Please accept my condolences, and know I’m here for you guys in any way. ❤️

 

March 23,2018 - 10:42 am

Mark and Maria Kaminsky

Brien was a kind and thoughtful leader and a talented engineer. He will be missed. My thoughts an prayers are with Brien and his family. Mark Kaminsky

 

March 23,2018 - 11:21 am

Adam Chojecki

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I would like to share in his memory this verse from John 11:25-26 : Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...

 

March 29,2018 - 12:25 am

Ranae Adee

My thoughts and prayers are with you Jena, Mimi and Jan. I’m so sorry for your loss. May Brien’s soul Rest In Peace.

 

March 28,2018 - 7:48 am

George Bellos

Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Brien. We will miss his warm smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

March 28,2018 - 2:55 pm

Sandra Tann

So Very Sorry For Your Loss 💔 My Thoughts & Prayers Go Out To You All ~ Sandra Tann

 

March 21,2018 - 9:34 pm

Ruth Day and family.

Jan, Mimi and Jena. All our love and care for you to be with you.

 


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