Jason Michael Brainard

May 29, 1969November 15, 2021

Jason Michael Brainard, age 52, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021. Jason was born May 29, 1969. His first job out of college was in Law Enforcement starting with Pontiac Prison and then transferred into Law Enforcement with Livingston County Sheriff's Department in Pontiac, IL. While working for Livingston Police Department, Jason coached Flanagan High School football and worked for Flanagan school district. Prior to becoming Federal Security Director, he completed Air Marshall Training in New Mexico.

Shortly after 9/11 he was hired as the Federal Security Director for Homeland Security. He then started his Federal Director career in Indiana and then moved onto Iowa, then served in Maine for one year before his final career destination in Wichita, KS.

He was a softball coach for U.S.A Pride with his final coaching at The Tulsa Elite 316 Organization. Jason loved spending time with his girls. He also enjoyed fishing (when they were biting), eating, and cooking on the grill. Jason was an avid Star Trek fan. He was a loving husband, father and fur-dad to Peanut.

He is preceded by his mother Vivienne Brainard. He is survived by his loving wife Holly; his two wonderful daughters Grace and Isabelle; father Michael; brothers Wayne and Pete (Julie) Brainard.

Memorial service will be held 3pm, Friday, November 19th, 2021 at Resthaven Mortuary.

Memorials can be made to The Tulsa Elite 316 Organization.

The family has requested these services to be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at


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Russ Horseman

November 30, 2021

Please accept our sincerest condolences to the Brainard family. Jay was a great colleague and so well respected in our community. He will be missed. Rest in love and peace, Jay.

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Mark Kirley

November 28, 2021

Our condolences, thought and prayers go out to all the family members! Jay will be missed!

Bob Scanlon

November 25, 2021

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Jay's passing. He was one of my favorite leaders in TSA. He never failed to impress me with his intelligence, passion, creativity, innovation and relentlessly positive attitude. You never left a conversation with Jay without feeling motivated, encouraged, and optimistic. I also admired his love and dedication to his people. My heart goes out to his wife and daughters and all those who knew and loved him. He will be sorely missed.
May he rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.
With deepest sympathy,
Bob Scanlon

Billy Gavan

November 23, 2021

Farewell old friend, until we meet again.

Ndokari Aboki

November 22, 2021

I first met FSD Jay Brainard in 2018. He was responsible for a project that saw experts from various Midwestern states come together to share best practices on how to add value to, and improve our agency. I could tell from the conference calls, and finally when I met him for that one day that he was the real deal. He did not just talk to talk, he walked the walk. He inspired me that day, and even wrote praises to my FSD about me. We spent time talking that day before our flight to MSP, and before he went on to his next gate, it was encouragement all the way. He took no time to respond to emails or texts. He reminds me so much of my dad (who is also in heaven), and I consider myself blessed to have met him.
I pray for his wife, and daughters, his parents, and all his family as this is very hard, though he is in a better place with Jesus. May God comfort you and bring you peace during this sad and trying time.
Our lives, and TSA have all been made better because of your husband, father, son, and uncle. God bless his memory and your family.

Blythe Thomas

November 22, 2021

Holly, Grace and Izzy -- I am deeply sorry for your loss. You may remember, we were the family across the street for a few years (2014-2016) with the two (and then four) poodles. My sons, Colton and Wyatt, remember your girls. I remember especially how my boys gravitated toward Jay, and Wyatt (just 7 yrs old at the time) would wonder over and sit in his tricked-out garage and chat like old friends. I remember, as everyone else has said, how proud he was of his girls and how much he loved the three of you.

As you may know, we lost Chris in December 2018, and I can promise with your love and strength, the three of you will get through this. One day at a time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. -Blythe, Colton and Wyatt

vickie kreger

November 21, 2021

My Condolences to his wife, girls and the rest of his family. I pray for your strength during this time and I hope that all your fond memories of your; Husband, Dad, Son, Brother and loved one and family together gives you comfort that he is still right beside you, as always!

Jay will be missed, he was a great man. He hired me for a job promotion in Iowa. I will be forever grateful and honored that he thought I would be a perfect fit for his team. He checked in on me regularly to make sure everything was going good.

I will always remember Jay for his wisdom, kindness, vibrant spirit, smiling face and sparkling personality and his choker necklaces. Jay's one of a kind video briefings in his home made studio were not only informative on many items but we looked forward to them daily. This made the team at Mason City Iowa feel more connected as one team "Team Iowa" with the "Best FSD in the Midwest". He was never to busy to listen and always had an open door policy and the little guy mattered to FSD Jay Brainard. Jay was a one of a kind and a great stand up guy!

Jay will be missed by many all over this country. Jay loved his family. He loved his country and his service to his country. Jay was a very down to earth, easy to get to know, especially when it was a passion of his which was "everything right and just" (always do the right thing even when no one is looking). He was one of the "Few Good MEN" who has stood up and helped the little guys in and out of the organization he worked for. He was no one's yes MAN he was his own MAN, with his own mind. Jay was always part of the SOLUTION no matter what it was!

Rest in peace Jay... your Integrity, Honor, Loyalty, Respect, Valor and Bravery will be missed by so many around the country. I'll See you with that smiley face on the other side...Gone way to soon. Rest in Peace Dear Jay. 😭

Robert Limberg

November 19, 2021

Sincerest condolences and prayers to Jay's family and friends. I remember Jay when he was in Livingston County. My sympathies for your loss.

Carrie Davis

November 19, 2021

My deepest condolence to FSD Jay Brainard family. I am extremely sad by the loss of an amazing FSD, Leader and friend. I have never worked for a leader that cared so much for his workforce. I will miss him walking down the hallway in the admin office with a big smile, knowing when his office door was open a sense everything was going to be ok and he was there for us. Now as Jay’s door stays closed, a sadness comes over all of us and the realization of truly a great man will be dearly missed.

To Holly, Grace, Izzy and Peanut he always talked about you. You could tell how much he loved his family and was so proud of his daughters. Thank you for letting us know your husband and father.

Dan Burche

November 19, 2021

Rest well my friend – Holly, we have never met but I have no doubt that what Jay would ask of all who knew him is to please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, you and his girls were ultimately his focus and pride. He was fiercely protective of you all, was rich in friends and well respected. I am so sorry for your loss.
I worked with and knew Jay for nearly 20-years. On the 15th we were texting at 2PM talking about nothing important or particular. That text string goes back several years; mostly chat around TV, Star Wars, Star Trek, softball and family. I could pretty well plan on getting a call weekly and they all started the same – “is this a good time”. But Jay was also a true professional. When it came to work he was focused on Security Effectiveness and taking care of people. If anyone tried to trade against effectiveness or made decisions Jay felt put people at risk, then they were going to have Jay to deal with. He did not back down and did not back door; he made you aware and gave time to fix the issue. But, he would push where appropriate when he felt others had failed to “do the right thing”. The reality is the only thing he asked professionally was personal integrity and accountability; there was no excuse for not having both or not doing the right thing.
To close -- he was a great friend, far more than just a professional peer. So rest well my friend and thank you for nearly 20-years of support and friendship. Thank you for being a Watch Dog and speaking truth to power. Thank you for always displaying personal integrity and accountability with a willingness to go to the mat for what you believed was right. Thank you for supporting others when they were unsure what to do. In the end I struggle to process that you will not call text & weekly but sent you a text on the 16th, hope you got it. You have left a huge hole and I sense “a great disturbance in the Force” – (he gets it). Till we meet again, Rest in Peace.