Former Alaska resident Brian J. Brundin, 68, died of cancer Feb. 26, 2008, at home in St. David, Ariz., with his wife and three children at his side.
A celebration of life will be from 2-4 p.m. March 15 at La Mex restaurant, 2550 Spenard Road, in Anchorage.
Brian was born Oct. 11, 1939, in St. Paul, Minn., and came to Alaska in 1951. He grew up in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Brian graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1957, from the University of Alaska in 1961, and from Harvard University in 1964.
From 1964 to 1966, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army, Finance Corp. In 1966, Brian joined the law firm of Hughes, Thorsness and Lowell, where he practiced in the commercial law division. He later became a full partner until he went into private practice and moved to Arizona due to his wife's health. He fully retired in 2006 due to his health.
As an attorney and CPA, his specialty was estate planning and tax law. He regularly did lectures on estate planning, instructed in accounting and law at the University of Alaska, and was a frequent presenter at seminars, tax conferences and continuing education.
Brian served on many boards including the World Trade Center of Alaska, University of Alaska Foundation, president of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, University of Alaska Alumni Association, Harvard Law School Fund and the Alaska Center for International Business.
Brian enjoyed boating, gun collecting, hunting, golfing and singing and was active in the metaphysical community. He was a member of the Anchorage and American bar associations, American Trial Lawyers, Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Anchorage Lions, Rotary, Pioneers of Alaska, Sons of Norway, the American Legion and Amvets.
Brian was a loved and respected member of the Alaskan community for many years, his family wrote.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn; children and their spouses, Iana and Ron Sayer, Ian and Jayne Brundin, and Dane and Christina Brundin; brothers and sister-in-law, Jan and Kathy Brundin, and Kip Brundin; sister and brother-in-law, Mia and Bob Nistler; 10 grandchildren, Thera, Shelby, Hillary, Braedi and Kayley Sayer, Sean and Derek Brundin, Gillian, and Anneliese and Kimber Brundin; one great-grandchild, Hannah; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Brian requested that donations be sent to the VA, General Purpose Health Fund, c/o Judy Thompson, 2925 DeBarr Road, Anchorage 99508.
Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 3/9/2008.