Brian Edward Wilson

September 22, 1958 ~ January 10, 2022 (age 63)


On January 10, 2022, Brian Edward Wilson, of Bandon OR lost his battle with cancer.  He passed away peacefully at home with his wife, Brenda beside him.  Brian was born in Crescent City, California on September 22, 1958.  He was the youngest of 6 children born to Raymond and Jackie (Marler) Wilson. Brian grew up in the Bandon area, graduating from the new Bandon High School in 1976.   After graduating, he followed in his dads’ footsteps and learned the ropes of driving truck.  He spent most of his life hauling logs and equipment. In 1998, he taught his wife, Brenda, how to drive and they long hauled for a couple of years as team drivers driving around the United States. While they enjoyed it, they missed their families and the beautiful southern Oregon coast. Upon their return to Bandon, Brian went back to hauling logs,  equipment and oversized loads.  He worked out of Coos Bay for Chuck Bracelin, a man he admired and respected, until 2 years ago when he  retired for health reasons. In his younger years, Brian enjoyed going to old car shows and cruising around in his 1966 Chrysler 300.  Brian was a hard worker and a good provider. He enjoyed tinkering on various projects.  If he needed a part and didn't have it, he would often find a way to make it.  He possessed character traits, that are becoming harder to find today;   integrity, and honor, kindness and common sense.  He was a good man to the core by anyone’s standards. He liked to share his funny stories about his experiences growing up In the Bandon area. Brian had the ability to talk and get along with just about anyone.   More often than not,  when you saw Brian, he had a big smile on his face and a nice word to say. He focused more on what was good or right in life than negative things. He was quick to lend a helping hand and would give the shirt off his back if he felt someone needed it more than he did. But beyond these things, the most important thing is Brian loved his family more than anything. On October 20, 1984, Brian became a husband to his wife of 37 years, Brenda, and a father to her 18-month-old daughter, Cathern. Though he admitted he was in his words, “hard to train”, even after over 30 years of marriage he gave his wife romantic cards for birthdays, valentine’s day, and their anniversary. He was a fabulous papa to his grandchildren, being firm but fair. He was a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother, and nephew.  Brian will truly be missed by all that knew him.  He was the type of man you were proud to call a friend and always knew you could count on.  He had a smile that would light up a room.  He is survived by his wife of over 37 years, Brenda Wilson, a daughter, Cathern (Chris) NV, brothers; Michael Brookings, OR and Richard Bandon, OR Aunt Sheri Van Elsburg North Bend, OR Granddaughters; Amber, Portland, OR, Isis, Bandon, OR, and Kiley, Starbuck, WA Grandsons; Brian, Athena, OR, Jr. Red Bluff, CA, Emil (Nemo) Starbuck, WA, Great-Grandson, Travis, OR, Brother in law Steve (Kari) Johnson, Sister in laws; Deb Worden (Dan), Jackie Hardin (Joe) and Judy Covington, and too many Nieces, Nephew, and friends to mention. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Jaqueline Wilson, brothers Ralph and Curtis Wilson, sister Dixie Hopson (Wilson), Cousin Norma (Smokey) Wilson, brother-in-law Jim Johnson, as well as his special buddy and faithful canine companion, Duke Wilson, whose ashes will be laid to rest along with Brian’s.  Graveside service 1:00 pm,  February 12, 2022. Potluck/ gathering across the street  at Oddfellows hall immediately following graveside service.

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