Brett Isaac Fonfa

April 20, 1991March 8, 2018

Brett Isaac Fonfa, 26, a gifted writer, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday March 8, 2018. Brett was born in Las Vegas on April 20, 1991 to Andrew and Jodi Hale Fonfa. He was a brilliant young man that loved books, movies, music, sports, and so much more. His thirst for knowledge and his love for life were some of his best qualities. He enjoyed introducing friends and strangers alike to his passions, and his smile could light up any room. Brett’s warm, welcoming personality and laugh drew people in, and his ability to connect with anyone he talked to was unparalleled. Brett was a fabulous athlete. At 10 years old he was chosen as the first pick out of three hundred children in little league baseball! Brett excelled at every sport he attempted, especially tennis and boxing, while continuing his passion for reading and writing. He was a true intellectual, well-read and knowledgeable about many subjects. He utilized his writing talents in a variety of mediums, including marketing, screen plays, and poetry.

He attended The Meadows School and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School. At the age of 15 made the life-changing decision to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy for two years. This is where Brett truly discovered himself and enhanced his passion for music, writing, literature, and poetry. After two years in New York City studying creative writing at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at the University of San Diego. Brett was a New York Yankees fan and loved Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He was a self-proclaimed foodie who loved cooking and trying new recipes with the love of his life Lauren. He and Lauren were together since age 17. In his 26 short years of life, Brett visited over 30 countries. He and Lauren spent extended periods of time in Hong Kong and China over the past five years. Brett was an avid collector in his life, amassing a large number of vinyl records and comics. He was a true pinball wizard, and he set his highest score of over 250 million on the Simpsons Pinball Party he owned in his apartment. One of his more recent interests, Brett was an early advocate of Blockchain technology and a big investor in Bitcoin. He is survived by his parents; sister, Haley Fonfa; brother, Evan Fonfa; soulmate, Lauren Viola; aunts, Renee Hale, Ann Fonfa, and Gudrun Fonfa; and so many people that loved and were so very proud of him. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the family and friends that have loved and supported them during this difficult time. A private celebration of life will be held.


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Cindy Pineda

March 17, 2018

Kind, thoughtful, intelligent, well read, friendly, a good son, brother, friend, athlete, considerate coworker & hardworking, all of these things and more. We will miss you so much Brett.

Marilyn Smilow

March 16, 2018

I will always remember his smile and his warm hello at his time at the Meadows