Donald Lee Brehm
February 15, 1947 – December 24, 2019
Donald Lee Brehm was born on February 15, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on December 24, 2019 in Littleton, Colorado and is under the care of Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery.
Graveside Service will be held on June 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver, CO.
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Friday, June 11, 2021
Donald Lee Brehm
March 3, 2021
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing via my college’s (St. Louis University Parks College) magazine. Our lives crossed for only one school year (1973-74), I as a 17 year old freshman aerospace engineering student and he as a mature older “vet” (Vietnam) in his senior year. In that short school year we shared a class or two (I specifically remember calculus) and a 3 car chain collision on our ways home as commuter students (I was the middle car Datsun convertible (which I still own!) behind a Chevy Vega and he in the rear Ford Pinto-sadly for him, the one whose insurance became responsible! In the summer of ‘74 he also helped me raise fall tuition money by buying my Rogallo hang glider that I had built from a kit but had not yet successfully flown-I really needed the money! He eventually flew it at Warren Dunes, MI and showed me pictures so I knew someone actually flew in a flying machine that I had built. And then our lives went their separate ways. I did see him at a distance once in the 90’s when he was visiting a Colonel at my then employer (US Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis). Then, in a June 2012 issue, I saw his name tied to a “Favorite Firearms” article in my monthly NRA Rifleman magazine. In it was the story and pictures of a Luger pistol that his father (an ordnance sergeant in a P-47 squadron) had brought back from WWII. He credited his father’s stories with inspiring his aviation career, so I figured it had to be the same Don Brehm. I found his phone number on the internet and called, luckily the right one! We had a nice long talk sharing interests: Lawrence KS connections, grandkids, airplanes, motorcycles, guns, and people we knew who survived crashes - him on a helicopter in Vietnam and 2 in his Piper Cub! I’m sorry we didn’t stay in touch after that but he is one of those people that you never forget. I pray that his family has fine memories and are doing well, and again, offer my sincerest condolences. Robin Sova, Overland Park, KS
January 2, 2020
I am staff member of Jeffco Open Space and I worked with Don while he volunteered as a Park Patroller. We loved his commitment to our visitors and, especially, his favorite park: South Valley Park. My favorite memory of him occurred while I was off-duty at work. I ride a motorcycle. While riding home, he and were stopped at the same traffic light complimenting each others rides. He will be missed!