Brian Paul Tetreault
November 19, 1946 – February 11, 2020
Brian Paul Tetreault, entered into heaven’s eternity on February 11, 2020 at age 73. He was our loving brother, husband, dad, Grampee, loyal friend, resident comedian, and hero.
Born in Putnam, Connecticut on November 19, 1946, Brian was the son of Louis and Marie Tetreault. He and his bride of 51 years, Sally, made their home in Gold River, California. He is survived by his wife Sally, his daughter Mary and son-in-law Lane Cooper of Granite Bay, his son Scott of Gold River, and grandchildren: Haley and Zachary Van, Kayla, Jack and Luke Tetreault, and Skylar and Preston Cooper. He was preceded to heaven by his parents and his brother Paul. He is survived by his brother Jim (Judi), sister Dee (Jack), sister-in-law Judy, and brother Mark (Eileen), as well as devoted nieces and nephews.
Service to his country was of such importance that Brian served for decades in 3 different branches of the military. He enlisted into the Air Force in 1964 after high school and he served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. During his R&R in the Philippines, he met his beautiful wife Celedonia (Sally) del Mar. They married in 1968, and returned to the US with their daughter Mary. He continued his military career in the US Air Force Reserves and later in the CA Army National Guard as First Sergeant E-8 (1SG). He received numerous decorations, awards and citations through the years, to name a few: The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Service Medal, The Air Force Outstanding Award and Achievement Medal, along with the President Unit Citation, Air Reserve Force Meritorious Service Medal, and later in the CA Army National Guard, he received the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal.
Brian was a Master Carpenter. He worked in construction for many years in the private sector and later for the State of California as a Construction Supervisor, rounding off his career as a Class A OSHPD (Hospital) Inspector.
For Brian, life on Earth was nowhere near as exciting as life in the air. Brian was a pilot, infused in his genes from his father, Louie, a WWII A-36 Apache pilot. Brian flew for pleasure and was thrilled to take family and friends up to experience life above the ground and through the clouds.
Loyalty and love for his family were his trademarks. He loved his family deeply and never hesitated to voice how proud he was of each and every one. He had that Tetreault humor...dry and funny. He was a devoted Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed NASCAR, golf, guns, planes, and history movies & documentaries.
Brian wore many hats through his 73 years. He would want us to celebrate his well-lived life and carry on his legacy of love and family. Fly high, rest easy, Brian.
A memorial service with full military honor guard will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, California. A private family interment at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery will follow at a later date.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mount Vernon Memorial Park
Chapel of the Valley
8201 Greenback Ln