He was born Aug. 21, 1953, in Oakland and lived the majority of his life in the Bay Area. He graduated in 1988 from California State Hayward where he earned his bachelors degree in biology and his teaching credential. He was a high school science teacher and later became a Nuclear Medical Technologist and ultimately started two businesses where his mission was to improve people's lives.
Mr. Brian was a talented athlete and a "sports nut." He loved baseball, golf, horseback riding, running, working out and football, and he enjoyed sharing those activities with anyone who was willing to join him. He volunteered as a coach for boys baseball and soccer. But nothing made him happier than hanging out in the back yard with his family, listening to great music and enjoying great food. He was famous at the Pleasanton Police Department for the annual barbecue he hosted in their honor.
Last year he and his wife and best friend JoAnne celebrated 25 years of marriage and traveled to Florence, Italy, just prior to his diagnosis. He spent time with his son Jon camping, coaching, reading to him nightly, helping him with community service projects, vacationing with the cousins, or simply shooting hoops.
Mr. Brian was predeceased by his parents Bates and Marian Brian. He is survived by his wife JoAnne; son Jonathan; sister Kathy Caldwell; brother Nathan Brian (Adele); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 North Canyon Parkway in Livermore. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice in Dublin.
Janis Fay Marlais
Pleasanton resident Janis Fay Marlais, 64, died Feb. 21 at ValleyCare Medical Center surrounded by her family.
She was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Oakland to Ernest and Evelyn Butler, and graduated from Castlemont High School. She was married to James Marlais in 1965 and had recently retired from her 12-year career as a commercial property manager. She was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in the auxiliaries of the church, as well as singing in the choir and volunteering at the Oakland California Temple.
Mrs. Marlais is survived by her husband James; children Eric, Marcus, Christopher and Amanda; seven grandchildren; sister Shirley Baumann; and brother Dean Butler. A service was scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz in Pleasanton.
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