Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX


Brian Richard Flanner

May 11, 1958September 11, 2020

On Friday September 11, 2020 loving brother, father, uncle and friend Brian Flanner, passed away at home in San Antonio at the age of 62.

Brian was born on May 11, 1958 in Washington D.C. He traveled the world and impacted lives everywhere he went, Brian never met a stranger. As a child, Brian and his family lived in both Japan and Germany. Being fortunate to travel and explore so much of the world at such an early age fueled his lifelong love for traveling. He was ready to go at the drop of a hat.

Brian also had a love of bowling. He was in countless leagues and tournaments in his younger years. His nieces and nephews were always in awe of the fact that he had bowled a perfect score. Throughout his life he retained many of friends he made through bowling.

Brian’s lifelong love of learning and his steadfast belief in the power of education was evident in the many books he read and the constant research of subjects that interested him. The power of the internet was so helpful to him in his later years and opened doors to him that might otherwise been closed.He loved to buy books for his great-niece Sarah and his great-nephew Adrian. They loved to tell him of the stories they read and the far off places they visited in their minds through their reading. It was not unusual to see Adrian pull up a chair next to Brian’s wheelchair and watch Fox News or educational programs with him. He was a teacher to the end.

He was an avid family man, a steadfast friend to many, and a firm believer in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

In recent years, as his health declined, he was cared for by his family and Winfred Thompson who was more than a caretaker. He became a true friend to Brian. His dear friend Steve Miller spent a considerable amount of time with Brian too and the 3 of them formed their very own “Band of Brothers”. Brian’s life was immeasurably enriched by these two loyal and devoted friends.

Brian was preceded in death by his father James E Flanner, mother Joyce Flanner and brother, Jimmy Flanner. He is survived by his beloved daughter Carly and son-in-law Preston Scott of Plano, TX, his sister Barbie and brother-in-law Schott Tarr of San Antonio, TX, nieces Jessica, Crystal and Dawn, and nephews Aaron, Michael, Mark and Kenny. He was also a beloved Godfather to his nephew Aaron and his great-niece Sarah.

In light of COVID and how Brian would want his life celebrated, we will be postponing a memorial celebration until later in 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Brian would be touched by donations to any faith based organization of your choosing , to further the work of Jesus Christ here on earth or to The San Antonio Humane Society where he had previously volunteered.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Brian Richard Flanner

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September 21, 2020


Susan Fewell

September 17, 2020

I worked with Brian at Columbia 300. He was my boss. He taught me to.never say never. You can do anything you put your heart to. He was a tough person to work for but I respected him and he gave me the courage to overcome my fears. He will definitely be missed by many. He was a wonderful person inside and out
One day we will meet again.

Jimmie Rivera

September 17, 2020

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been 44 years since we bowled against each other. I can’t tell you who won but I will tell you Brian was a true Gentleman. I enjoyed our visits over the years. You are in good hands now! Love ya man!

Sue and Tom Standlee

September 16, 2020

Tom and I would often go out to different restaurants with Brian and Allison. Brian was in a wheel chair then, but it didn’t matter. We shared our faith and laughed and enjoyed meals together. Sometimes we’d laugh so hard we’d cry. Such good times we had.

Teena Donovan

September 16, 2020

My handsome husband, my lifelong friend, I am thankful that God saw his way to bring us back together and I am thankful for the many good years we had. I will miss you everyday! Your smile will remain a light in my heart forever. Your family will always be my family. Thank you for the good you did here on Earth and Rest In Peace with the Lord.

Sally Johnson

September 15, 2020

Brian taught me how to make Baklava over the phone until 2 am. He loved Baklava. We had such a good time during all of our visits. He was a wonderful friend. I will always love him, knowing we will meet again!

Israel Sandoval

September 15, 2020

In 2015 I was newly divorced, now a single father of two, my vehicle had finally given out. I had no money, bad credit, no means to get a vehicle. In a last ditch effort I put a desperate post on Facebook asking if anyone I knew would be willing to co-sign on a vehicle for me. While I received a lot of kind messages no one could tangibly help. Brian wasn’t like most people. He felt strongly about putting action to his words. We met at our church home in Reno, while we were friendly I wouldn’t say we had a friendship. Brian changed that. He reached out to me privately and offered to loan me money to buy a car at a 0% interest. While I won’t disclose the amount trust me when I say it was significant. Like I said Brian put action to his words. Our friendship grew through Facebook and online chats. I struggled at times to pay Brian on time, or sometimes not having the agreed upon payment amount. Brian never harassed me. He never made me feel bad. He was always gracious and understanding. The day I finally paid Brian back felt so good. I will forever be grateful to this man for how he showed me the love of Christ in a time I really needed it. He forever changed how I interact with church members. I try to follow in his example and put action to my words. I will miss you my friend. Till I see you in glory I smile that you are in the presence of our King, with your incorruptible body worshipping our Savior. I’ll miss you bud.

Robert Klaeger

September 15, 2020

Brian and I went to high school together. Never saw Him after school until recently but had got reacquainted through Facebook years back. I recently visited him at his house with, Christi, another friend from school. We had a great time discussing old times and the things we had gone through since. Brian was a great guy and will be missed by all. I'm really glad I got to see him one last time. RIP my friend!❤️

Randy Burns

September 15, 2020

Brian, my “padna”! We met in 1976 at Thunder Bowl. What a great man and incredible friend. Love you Brian. Rest In Peace my friend.

Roger and Romany Norris

September 15, 2020

Truly blessed to have had the opportunity to reconnect with Brian in recent years. His engaging wit and positive outlook on life were immeasurable. Rest in peace my friend!


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