Brian Matthew Carman

November 17, 1980December 30, 2012

Brian Matthew Carman, 32, passed away on December 30, 2012. He was born November 17, 1980 in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School and Johnson County Community College, and was a senior at KU-Edwards. Brian proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines and the Kansas National Guard. During his service, he was deployed to Kosovo, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Brian was a Master Mason in the Lawrence Masonic Lodge #6 A.F. & A.M. in Lawrence, KS. He was an Eagle Scout and Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at H. Rowe Bartle Scout Reservation. He is survived by his parents, Susan and Gerald Carman, his brother, William Carman; and aunts, uncles, and cousins throughout the country. Brian was articulate and intelligent, with a quick sense of humor and strong leadership skills. As many friends and family members will attest, Brian thoroughly enjoyed a good debate. He had a wide range of interests, and he was able to convincingly support his positions. Brian’s talent for computers surfaced in his middle school years and remained a passion throughout his life. He was dedicated to physical fitness and enjoyed playing KU rugby. He was a faithful Kansas City Chiefs fan. Brian will be remembered for his strong sense of honor and loyalty. He expected much of himself and others. He is loved by family, friends, and those with whom he served. He will be deeply missed. Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2013. The graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 10 AM at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd, Leavenworth, KS 66048. A Memorial service to celebrate Brian’s life will be held at 2 PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch, Overland Park, KS. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Brian Carman to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or at Memories of Brian and condolences for the family may be left at


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Jenna Turnipseed

January 25, 2014

“There are many people in the military with whom I have shared my life and will never forget…….The closet relationship of all though, was a guy by the name of Carmen. We met because he was friends with one of my roommates. They had worked at the same compound. He turned into my boxing coach and then, eventually my tutor. We both took classes, and even though we both had other military goals, we would yell at the other person for considering doing anything other than finish their degree first. Carmen was the only person I ever really had meaningful conversations with. We could talk about education and politics. He taught me about the stock market and I managed to crack his nose one day in the ring (probably only because he had already gotten it cracked in a fight a few weeks earlier, but I still like to take credit for it). He reminded me that I could anything; and that all I had to do was try.”

-The above is an excerpt from “To Serve My Country”, a book that could not have been written and published, without the help of Brain's encouragement.

Jay Golden

January 1, 2014

Brian was the first person I met upon joining Boy Scout Troop 324, Oxford Middle School. He was fun to be around, both in scouting and at BVNW. From one Eagle Scout to another, you are missed, Brian.

Meghan Moberly

January 20, 2013

It's been a while since we last saw each other. I just learned you've left us... I have so many great memories that include you over the years. You will be missed Brian.

Helen Macdonald

January 18, 2013

Still thinking and praying that you are surrounded by Gods angels during your time of grief and loss. Hugs to all and the vision of a more peaceful time for all who grieve.

Christine O'Brien

January 16, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. May you and your family find some peace and healing in memories of your beloved son.

Barbara, Doug and Jeff (Spahr) Wischropp

January 15, 2013

Susan, Jerry and Will, I just heard this devastating news. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy and condolences. I pray for God's peace and love for Brian, you and all of his family and friends.

Kevin Mcquain

January 13, 2013

Our condolences and prayers to your Family. My Daughter counted Brian as one of her best friends and will miss him terribly. His light will shine on in the hearts of all who loved him.
Kevin J. McQuain

January 11, 2013

Jerry and Family: Words cannot express what I feel for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies. Doug Jones

Suzanne & Gary Chawk

January 10, 2013

Gerald, Susan & Will, we are so very sorry for your loss of Brian. There are not any words to describe a tragedy such as this and in particular for such a wonderful young man. This world has lost an unbelievable human being and we pray for you and the healing of your wounds.

God bless you...

January 9, 2013

Susan I'm so sorry for your loss - I can't imagine. I'm praying for your family. Nancy Beverage