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Former Juneau resident Brian Jerry Byers died July 18, 2010, in Osburn, Idaho.
He was born Aug. 4, 1973 in Port Angeles, Wash. He spent his childhood years living in Washington, then as a teen relocated to Hoonah, where he worked as an assistant to the foreman at the Hoonah cold storage. This is where he met the mother of his child and long time friend, Edna, and after a yearlong courtship, they moved to Juneau to start their family. In December of 1993, their daughter, Alesa Nicole, was born.
Brian worked hard to support his family, working for local construction companies, then began his lifelong career as a driller in the various mines around Juneau. After approximately 12 years he relocated to Idaho, where he continued his work as a driller from the Idaho mines to the mines of West Virginia and Nevada. He was always known as a hard worker no matter what his job entailed. He lived the last few years of his life to its fullest as an an active member of the Narcotics Anonymous community in the small towns of Idaho.
Brian grew to be a man of dignity and pride, someone who valued his family very much. He was known for his beautiful smile and his willingness to give. He was always there for a friend or family member in need, no matter what time of day. He lit up any room he graced with presence and was able to live life to its fullest while celebrating his last few years of sobriety.
He lived up to his motto which his sister Carlin will never forget: "Do at least one random act of kindness each day." Brian's smile, sense of humor, and his presence on this earth will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed.
Brian was preceded in death by his sister Janelle Byers of Hoonah.
He is survived by his daughter Alesa Abbott and her mother Edna Abbott, both of Juneau; his mother Vicki Brison-Stinnette and stepfather Bill Stinnette of Monroe, Wash; his father Jerry Byers and brother Jeremiah Byers of Hoonah; his sisters, Carlin Byers of Tacoma, Wash., Jennifer Allers of Auburn, Wash. And Jessica Conklin of Hoonah; his brother Nick Byers of Monroe, Wash.; his niece Domoniqua Bailey Jazzmine Byers of Snohomish, Wash.; and his grandparents Richard and Mary Millard of Kirkland, Wash.
Please help celebrate Brian's life at a potluck style memorial at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Juneau Christian Center.