Brien Michael Warren was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 14, 1977. His birth was a joy and a blessing. He was a happy baby. With his big brown eyes and dimpled smile he never knew a stranger. Brien was 18 months old when his family moved to Vancouver, Washington and shortly after to Olympia. Brien always had a vivid imagination and he was very smart. He learned to read before going to school. His favorite childhood book was “The Pokey Little Puppy”. Brien did well in school with little effort. He attended Mt. View Elementary, Lacey Elementary, Reeves Middle School, Tumwater High school and The Art Institute of Seattle.
Brien loved music at a very early age and spent hours singing and playing the guitar with his Dad. He loved singing and was often the soloist at the church where he grew up. He played flute in his elementary school band. Brien won his first 10 speed bicycle in an effort to help his little brother. He was the top fundraiser in a bike-a thon to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. His favorite childhood pets included a variety of fish including some bala sharks, rats and his dog Gretchen. And more recently the unforgettable “Leroy” the cat.
Brien loved Rodney Dangerfield, Ozzy Osbourne and Charlie Chaplin. He loved to watch the X-Files with his sister and although he would never admit it, even tuned into the Lifetime channel on occasion with his Mom and his sister. He loved to watch the Simpsons and The Family Guy. He was a huge fan of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.
Brien loved to cook and was very creative with food. He did not like tomatoes. He loved pepper jack cheese, banana crème pie, hot wings and beer. He loved his friends. He loved his family. He was loved much. Brien would have been a fantastic father. Brien will be remembered by his niece Charlotte as “Uncle Bri-Bri,” to his inner circle of friends as “Brain” and to his brother and sister as their favoritest big brother.
He was the bestest Christmas tree light putter upper! He loved working on cars. He loved fast cars and late model Mustangs. He was a computer genius. He was a great hugger and he had a great sense of humor.
In life Brien was his own person. He was never a follower. There was no pretense. He was a little bit shy. He was always straight forward and there was no time for bullshit. Sadly, it was with that same determination that Brien chose to leave this world, March 22, 2005. Brien left footprints in our hearts, now he’s resting in the arms of the angels and our lives will never be the same.