OBITUARY

LTC David Allen Brazier, USA, Retired

July 13, 1956June 7, 2019
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David Allen Brazier of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away June 7, 2019 at the age of 62. He was born July 13, 1956 in Sumter, South Carolina to Donald K. & Patricia M. (Loyear) Brazier. He was married to his wife, Dawn Ann (Stiffler) on July 17, 1982 in Austin, Texas.

David’s education included having received a BA at Stephen F. Austin State University; a MS in Telecommunication at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Signal Officer Basic Course in 1983; Officer Advanced School in 1987 and Command & General Staff College in 1996.

He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having served in the United States Army from September 1982 to February 2003. During his service to his country, he received the Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Medal (2nd Award); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award); Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars (BSS); Armed Forces Reserved Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award); Kuwait Liberation Medal (K); Kuwait Liberation Medal (SA); and Parachutist Badge.

He had been employed as an IT Consultant from January 2003 – June 2006; and as an IT Services Associate and Team Lead from June 2006 – February 2012 with Booz Allen Hamilton. He was an Independent Investor from January 2013 – June 2019.

His hobbies included hiking, skiing, camping, walking the family dogs and working in his yard. David is survived by his wife. Dawn Ann Brazier; his daughter, Danielle Angelique Callear and son-in-law, Dana Callear; a granddaughter, Novalyn Elliott Callear; a son, Dylan Alexander Brazier; a sister, Diane Valdez; and a nephew, Martin Valdez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia M. and Donald K. Brazier.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, (6/18) from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with Funeral services on Wednesday, (6/19) at 11:00 AM, both at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home – 407 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO. A reception will immediately follow services at that location. A cemetery committal service with full military honors will be held on Wednesday (6/19) at 2:30 PM - Ft. Logan National Cemetery – 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO.

David is at peace, at the best place ever - at the feet of God.

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  • Dana Callear
  • Dylan Brazier

Services

19 June

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel

407 Jerry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

19 June

Committal Service

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery

4400 W. Kenyon Ave
Denver, CO 80222

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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LTC David Allen Brazier, USA, Retired

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Roger Bain

June 13, 2019

I see Dave was born @ Sumter SC , we lived there, my sister was born there
Good ol SAC base, busy during Cuba missile crisis...
Picture of Brave Dave on the couch is just like I remember him at SFA, back in 1975
RIP brah

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David as a baby.

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David in middle school

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Graduating from high school

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David with sister, Diane.

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Goofing off with Bentley Bowman (10/1979)

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With friends in Nacogdoches, TX (10/1980)

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Dawn and David (12/1981)

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David in Colorado (1981)

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David's Birthday (07/1982)

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David as a baby.

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David in middle school

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Graduating from high school

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David with sister, Diane.

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Goofing off with Bentley Bowman (10/1979)

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With friends in Nacogdoches, TX (10/1980)

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Dawn and David (12/1981)

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David in Colorado (1981)

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David's Birthday (07/1982)

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Wedding day! (07/17/1982)

Biography

LIFE REFLECTIONS OF DAVID ALLEN BRAZIER - 07/13/1956 – 06/07/2019
David Brazier aka “Brave Dave” was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and soldier!
David Allen Brazier was born July 13, 1956 in Sumter, South Carolina to Patricia and Donald Brazier. David grew up in San Antonio, Texas spending most of his time with the biggest influence in his life, his Grandmother, Jessie Brazier.
David rocked Dawn’s world the day they met in Arlington, Texas in 1980. David was an Assistant Manager for a local Arby’s in Arlington when Dawn was hired on as a salad bar attendant. It was love at first sight for both! For their first date, David took Dawn to see Cheech & Chong’s “Up in Smoke” at a drive-in located in Fort Worth, Texas. Their relationship blossomed and David finally proposed around the first of July in 1982. Within 2 weeks, it was wedding bells! From that point on it had been one heck of an adventure! They spent significant time together traveling throughout the United States and experiencing various cultures and culinary delights in Europe. Both helped one another through their most vulnerable times to get back up and face their obstacles or challenges head on. David and Dawn could be weird with one another and it would feel normal. With their union, they gave life to two beautiful children, Danielle Angelique Brazier and Dylan Alexander Brazier. David and Dawn were married for almost 37 years – not all were happy times, but the secret was to always work things out and never giving up. It was not a perfect marriage, but they both found differences in one another that complimented their own – these differences brought them closer together. They were soulmates in life – both understood their lives were better with each other in them.
David was a hard worker and loved the time he spent in the military. Shortly after their marriage, David enlisted in the U.S. Army, not only due to his family’s military background, but because he was a true patriot with an enormous passion for his country. David attended and earned the honor of being designated the Distinguished Military Graduate of the United States Army Officer Candidate School for his graduating class at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1983. As a LT and Platoon Leader/Communications Electronics Staff Officer for a Nuclear Capable Field Artillery Battalion in USAREUR, David was responsible for installing, operating, and maintaining the battalion’s wire/communication system. David distinguished himself as a dedicated self-starting officer whose “can do” attitude set him ahead of his peers. He developed a COMSEC training program from scratch and made it the model program within the brigade. David helped sustain morale within his platoon by encouraging the participation of his personnel in various border tours, ski trips, and platoon level parties, which not only included the soldier, but the families as well. He was fiercely dedicated to the mission and the soldiers of the battalion.
As a CPT and Telecommunications Engineer for HQ, USEUCOM, David’s responsibilities included engineering, design, installation, and procurement of the $20 million Secret/Unclass local area networks supporting USEUCOM and as USEUCOM automation training officer. David was above reproach and represented the highest moral character with unquestionable loyalty to the chain of command but was a team player first. He was a natural leader who inspired those on his team to excel beyond their own talents. David participated as a member on the Military-to-Military Contact team’s communications/ automation delegation to the Czech Republic and Slovenia. He presented flawless technical advice and regularly briefed flag officers on staff and from ex-Warsaw Pact countries. As a Mobile Subscriber Equipment Fielder for III Corps located out of Fort Hood, Texas, David was noted for his impeccable moral standards and solid ethical foundations. In 1988, David was Company Commander of a Corps Area Signal Company supporting III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. He organized, trained, and maintained, up to 178 soldiers along with their equipment. He was noted for being an outstanding officer and leader of soldiers who set and enforced high personal and unit standards. David created a “go to war attitude” amongst his soldiers which caused high morale and the strong desire to be the best in the Brigade, motivating them to win the Brigade Commander’s Fit-To-Fight Streamer. In November of 1990, David was deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, as an Assistant Operations Officer, 57th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps. Upon his return from the Gulf War, David was selected for the advanced civil schooling program and completed his Masters of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder in December 1992.
In 1994 after returning to Europe for a second tour, David was promoted to Major and held the position of Chief, Headquarters Automation Branch where he was responsible for providing network support for over 1,500 HQ US European Command personnel. He was a true “automation workhorse” who continued to set and maintain high standards for himself and his subordinates. In 1997, David worked as Battalion S3 for the 57th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, where he was responsible for coordinating the operational and training exercises for 5 companies. He was known for his tough, yet caring leadership that created an environment which fostered the growth and success of his soldiers, and devoted tremendous energy into family support groups and associated programs for his soldiers.
David was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1999 where he served as the C4 Systems Engineer and Chief, Policy Branch with HQ USAE NORAD/USSPACECOM, Peterson AFB, Colorado, and was responsible for managing command and control communications. He was recognized for his ability to infuse subordinates and peers with a unit level “can-do” attitude and his instinctive ability to mentor and motivate his subordinates to meet ever higher standards. From 2001 until retirement, David served as Deputy Director for the US Army Command General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was responsible for integrating the Army’s Battle Command Systems throughout the college and executing the Institutional Digital Educational Plan. David officially retired in 2003 due to his health.
David received the following medals and awards while serving in the military:
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award)
Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award)
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Star (BSS)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (K)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (SA)
Parachutist Badge

The values and structure that David learned and loved from the military were used to raise his children. He impressed on Danielle and Dylan the importance of honesty, hard work, timeliness, and responsibility in life. He fostered their various interests and pushed them to always do their best work when striving for a goal. He believed that you never quit, regardless of how difficult the path might be, and he made sure to impress this on his family often.
David was also a big fan of spending time outdoors. Every weekend he made the effort to get his family outside together; whether it was picnicking in the mountains, going on bike rides, or attending music festivals. Many summers were spent with Danielle and Dylan camping, hiking, and white-water rafting. He loved looking for wildlife and pointing out and naming trees. In the winter he loved to ski, and he made sure it was a family affair, teaching Danielle and Dylan at young ages.
David loved history! He enjoyed researching and sharing the knowledge he acquired with all who would listen, but especially with his children. There wasn’t a topic that didn’t fascinate him. Some of his favorites were the Civil War, World War I and II, European history, and US presidents.
One of his favorite things to do every day was listen to music. From morning until night, he would blast a wide variety of music constantly, sometimes driving Dawn crazy. Ultimately, she would give in because he enjoyed it so much. He and Dawn traveled to music festivals and concerts often to see anything from jazz and blues to rock and heavy metal and everything in between – yes, they recently went to see Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. He kept up with new music, but also saw his old favorites when they would reunite for tours. Dawn loved to watch David dance to his music – well, try to dance as he was kind of quirky and out of tune to the music, but it made her giggle. His dream was to see Paul McCartney in concert and David was able to purchase tickets to see him in Raleigh, NC on Memorial Day 2019, unfortunately, David was too sick to travel.
Missing from David’s life was a certain spark after he retired from the military. That spark reignited the day his granddaughter, Novalyn Elliott Callear, was born. The sparkle in his eyes appeared every time she entered the room and whenever he saw a picture or video of her. Seeing David aka “Grampy” spend special moments with “the wee one” was very heartwarming. He would tell her some of the same stories about “Sammie the squirrel” and “Chucky the chipmunk” that he told Danielle and Dylan when they were little. There is just something special about a grandfather’s joy that nothing in this world can compare.
David truly had a love for life and adventure. He shared his passions enthusiastically with everyone around him. He loved his family and his military career, and he worked hard to rise through the ranks and provide for his family. David was the happiest when he was doing what he loved the most, serving his country as a soldier! He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

Dave Brazier Memory Story - by John Zelazny
I met Dave in my sophomore year of college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. I don’t recall the exact scenario or moment in which we met, which is par for the course in combing memories of those days. At first, he was a casual acquaintance, but we grew closer as time went on until, by the time I graduated in December 1980, we were quite close and had shared many, many experiences. There was a time that I was re-immersing myself in the Christianity of my youth, and Dave was with me in that experience. Those were college days and we were quite young, which equates to many of my memories of that time being riddled with various forms of hijinks and questionable behavior. Among other things, I recall visiting an old man/mystic who said to Dave that the name David had great importance and regality in Christian religion, which Dave should think about for inspiration and guidance. The Lenten season soon came along, and I gave up alcohol for Lent. Dave followed suit, and I have this memory of Dave and I at a popular local bar, drinking water from beer bottles to fit in.
I was best man at his wedding to Dawn, and throughout my life he kept having a presence. In 1994 I was alone in Texas and looking for a job having left my wife and daughter with my parents in California. Dave sent me some cash to tide me through along with warm words of encouragement. Dave visited me in Reno (in July 1981, when I took him up to Lake Tahoe), Cheyenne Wyoming (several times between April 1988 and June 1993) and Jackson, Wyoming (a couple times between 1992 and 1993). We also met in Yellowstone (June 2005) where our families saw many sights. All during the times since college, we also stayed in touch through phone calls, letters, cards and emails. Dave could be a wild man (earning him the moniker “Brave Dave” or “The Warrior” in college social circles). Beyond that, though, Dave was always a critical thinker who freely shared his observations. He also had a dry, savage wit that cut through B.S. and got to the heart of things.
I’m sad to lose Dave, but our friendship remains and always will as long as I live. May the Lord now keep him close until we meet again.