Austin "Boo Man", "Austy" Perry Brashears

April 16, 1991May 12, 2012

Brashears, Austin Perry, was killed in a van accident on May 12th 2012 near Taupo, New Zealand while studying abroad with Boston University (BU). Austin was born April 16, 1991 in Los Alamitos, California. He was raised in Huntington Beach (HB), where he graduated from Marina High School in 2009 with straight A’s while playing varsity water polo and volleyball. Growing up, Austin was active in his church, AYSO and the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Austin was a Junior at BU majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Technologies He was a highly active member of his community who was planning to serve as president of both the BU water polo club and the BU chapter of Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society) during his senior year, in addition to working as a Resident Assistant and continuing his service as a student mentor. Austin frequently found himself in leadership roles because everywhere he went he brought people together; he just had a way of smoothing over differences and making people smile. Austin became enamored with New Zealand several years ago after a few close friends and his sister participated in an exchange between the HB Junior Lifeguard Program and the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club. When the opportunity to study abroad presented itself, Austin jumped at the chance. He was continuing his engineering studies at the Auckland University of Technology and was scheduled to return home near the end of June. Austin loved life and adventure. He always had a smile on his face and made the people around him feel loved. He was truly a great Son, Brother, Grandson, Uncle, Nephew and especially a friend. Austin is survived by: his parents Thomas and Julie Brashears of HB, his brothers Matthew of Cupertino, CA and Travis of Redondo Beach, CA and his sister Nicole of HB. Services in Austin’s memory will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 5402 Heil Ave., HB at 11:00 AM on Saturday May 26.


  • Funeral Saturday, May 26, 2012

Austin "Boo Man", "Austy" Perry Brashears

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mary ann roach

April 5, 2017

You don't know me but my son also went to Marina and graduated in 2008. In 2009 he also went to heaven at age 19. I saw your scholarship post on FB and read Austin's story and also watched his video. I was taken with how much our son's had in their life and their death. My son was on the track team at Marina as a pole vaulter..He also graduated with honors (yellow robe) and I can't help but wonder if they ever had classes together. He was pr-med for Neurology at UCSD and died at Pole Vault practice when he fell and hit his head. We also have a scholarship in his honor, UCSD also has a meet named after him and a Spirit award given out in his name. It really touched my heart when you said a parent always wants to make sure there child is remembered...that is our same feeling. I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know how much I enjoyed Austin's video and what a handsome, wonderful, trill seeking young man he is. My son's name is Leon Roach III. He also has a website with a video.. My name is MaryAnn..please feel free to write me if you ever need to talk and share your feelings/grief one understands unless you have been through it. Well thank you for sharing your beautiful son with the rest of us..he will never be forgotten. God Bless

Aubree Servillo

February 3, 2017

Dear Austin,

I was thinking about you tonight. I remembered how effortlessly you used to perform on the weekly mile run in P.E. at Stacey. We joked about it once. I'll never forget your face from that moment. It was so genuine and down to Earth. You were ahead of your time. I couldn't believe it when Kate told me what happened back in 2012. She used to have the biggest crush on you. Reading what your friends and family have said about you on here and Facebook is really inspirational. You were an exceptional human being, I can tell. Thank-you for being you. Thank-you for being nice to me when a lot of people weren't. Even though I hardly knew you, I'll never, ever forget you because of that.

Malia Mottet

January 16, 2013


It was such an adventure growing up with you. While its been a few years since my last trip down to visit, you were always one of my favorite eastwooders. :)

I never properly thanked you for being such a good friend to me, especially for always answering my homesick calls when I was 'miserable' and cold up in Oregon. I miss and love you and will never forget you. See you in Paradise buddy.


Tim Pasang

January 3, 2013

Austin, it was a pleasure and also honour to know you. You were such a great student to have....and a good friend too. Everytime I see your friends in the class, they remind me of you... You will always be remembered my friend....

Lauren Macpherson

June 17, 2012

I truly believe that the only thing that separates us from you is time.

Nicole Forman (Wheeler)

June 3, 2012

Austin we went to K-12 together, you will forever be in my heart, I will miss you. It was an honor growing up with you and knowing you as a person.

Leslie Harris

June 3, 2012

Austin, you were always larger than life, you will be missed by more than you know...

Sherri Wilson

June 3, 2012

Austin, I find it an honor to have known you from birth and to watch you grow up into an amazing young man. You will truly be missed. I love you. May you rest in peace...but if I know you, you'll be continuing to live it up. Ooxx

Jaime Rueda

May 30, 2012

Austin now that your soul has abandon your body may the Lord give you the peace that we can only find in him.