Brian Patrick Willett
July 11, 1950 – May 12, 2018
Brian Patrick Willett passed away Saturday May 12, 2018. Brian was born to Arthur Edwin Willett and Peggy Powers Willett on July 11, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from Del Norte High School. He worked as a construction tradesman while attending the University of New Mexico where he received his Bachelor and Law degrees. He practiced civil and criminal law in Hobbs, Socorro, Alamogordo, and Albuquerque New Mexico. After moving to Odessa, Brian became a member of the Rainbow House’s support group. He was an integral part of the Men’s Group start up and eventually became strong enough in his mental health condition to become employed as a Peer Support Provider. Brian offered support to peers as anyone could go to him with an issue and he would actively listen. He was fascinated with the law and diligently kept up with current events, often sharing the news with co-workers, peers, family, and friends. Brian was an active boy growing up. Riding bikes in his neighborhood, building pigeon coups with his grandmother, going fishing trips with family, and working on cars with his buddies. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, boxing, playing football and riding motorcycles. He achieved the rank of Star in Boy Scouts. He is survived by his son Nathan Reims, sister Dr. Anita Gomez, brothers Charles Willett, Dr. Michael McCrary dad, Herb McCrary. His caring heart and warm smile will be missed by numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, in laws and friends. Brian’s memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 25th at Rainbow House, 1012 MacArthur Ave., Odessa, TX 79763. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, we would like any memorials to be made to the Rainbow House. Arrangements are under the direction of Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. To sign Brian’s guest book go online at www.hubbardkellyfuneralhome.com.
1012 MacArthur Ave, Odessa, Texas 79763
- Memorial Service Friday, May 25, 2018
Brian Patrick Willett
May 23, 2018
My family moved from Wichita to Albuquerque in the summer of 1960. We bought a house on Indiana St NE. We were unloading the moving van when Brian peddled up on his bicycle. We hit it off right away.
I remember he had a magnifying glass in his pocket. We went to work setting fire to bits of paper, leaves and cooked a few hapless red ants. We became best friends and were inseparable for many years.
We rode our bikes all over the city. He encouraged me to join Cub Scouts and we were in the same troop for many years. We attended many camp outs and hiked everywhere, climbed rock cliffs & trees and fished like crazy. We never told our parents how we almost killed ourselves on the cliffs of Whitewash.
We especially liked to take our .22 rifles out on the mesa and shoot. We could make a box of .22 shorts last all day. Our provisions usually consisted of a canteen of water and a sleeve of saltines.
We also raised and raced homing pigeons. We would get my dad or Brian's mom to drive us and our cages loaded with homers to remote locations (9-mile hill, Corrales, Budager's) where we would release the birds. Many times the best birds would beat us home.
We built a go kart and installed McCullough chain saw motor. We loved to go to the asphalt track in North Albuquerque Acres and drive that kart like mad men.
We kind of drifted apart in high school. I went away to college for a couple of years and returned to UNM in the fall of 1970. Brian and I started hanging together then.
Brian was a humble man and a great friend. We enjoyed some of the best times of our lives together. I will miss you bro...