Brian Douglas Blake

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June 19, 1966 ~ February 2, 2023

Born in: Quincy, Washington
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

On Thursday, February 2, 2023, Brian Douglas Blake joined his mother and father with God’s army of angels in heaven at the young age of 56. He was born on June 19, 1966, in Quincy, WA., the only son of Donald and Caroline Blake. Brian had many occupational interests and talents throughout his life, but most focused on communications. He was recently employed by the National Laboratories Office of the Texas A&M University System as its Assistant Director – Communications and Marketing. Brian also held his Real Estate License with REAL.

Brian moved to the Bryan/College Station area in 1991, and in his own words, he “absolutely fell in love with the area,” and the area fell in love with him! From a very young age, Brian’s parents instilled in him a commitment to serving others. He carried that lesson into everything he did for his family, friends, and community, reinforcing the idea that no life is complete without service to others. Brian was extremely active in Friends Congregational Church and volunteered for and served on the boards of several non-profit organizations throughout the Brazos Valley.

Brian was passionate about the more beautiful things in life and would always be spotted taking photos wherever he could. From space shuttles to sunsets and from people to pets, Brian had an eye for capturing everyday beauty. He also had compassion for everyone he knew; as busy as he was with work, real estate, church, or volunteering, he always made you feel as though you were the most important part of his life at that moment. When you saw Brian coming towards you with the impending bear hug, you knew you were all that mattered in that moment. He had a special smile that would cut through any bad day and spread sunshine through any ominous cloud.

In 2004, Brian met the love of his life, Chris Gibson. Throughout their almost 19 years of marriage, they traveled extensively. Their marriage was like a continuous journey – with no particular destination or timeline – but the opportunity to go from place to place to see what was in between. In addition to his love for travel, Brian enjoyed anything and everything space-related – NASA, Star Wars, and Star Trek. Brian was truly a free spirit, and his unique charisma could lighten any situation. His laugh was uplifting, and his smile was contagious.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Caroline Blake, and his and Chris’s dog, Sassy. He is survived by his husband, Chris, pets Chewie and Boo, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and a large family he chose to be in his life.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023, at Callaway-Jones, Bryan, Texas. Private visitation for the family will be from 3:00 – 4:00 pm and open to all others from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 PM at Friends Congregational Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made towards establishing a memorial fund in Brian’s honor through Friends Congregational Church or towards one of the church’s missions that were dear to Brian’s heart. Please follow the link below for online donations; for those who would prefer to give via check, please enter “Brian Blake Memorial” in the memo line.

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Friendship is a connection that does not weaken in death but instead grows stronger for those who remember. We will all remember.


Visitation: February 10, 2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


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  1. Sorry to fear of Brian’s passing. He was an outstanding individual and an important figure in the Bryan/College Station community.

  2. Brian,, you are so loved. Your photography graces both our home in the Texas Hill Country and our beach place. I truly think of your smile, hugs, and laughter daily as I view them.
    Chris, my hope is that peace will find you as you experience this journey that no loved one should be forced to take. Take good care of yourself.
    There are no words.

  3. Oh, Brian. I already miss that giggle, your smile, and your huge bear hugs. You’d life was so well lived, but way too short. You are loved fiercely.
    Chris, my heart aches for you as you face this journey. I pray that you find some peace. Know that your village has you.

  4. I will miss your light as you always brought a smile to my heart. You always made everyone feel special. The excitement you shared when you first met Chris. The great sensitivity you showed Bronson making her feel so special. She was so happy to get to see her portrait of Pres Bush that you arranged to pull it out of archives to see and clean. The inspiration to a 11yr old Preston for the NASA program with a visit to a space launch – he always says you are his inspiration to fly as he is about to finish his USNaval Academy education. He hopes to commission in aviation with hopes to go to the astronaut program. We cried through the deaths of Bronson and your parents. We had fun singing, gathering auction items and gossiping. We were just planning another auction for the Pride Community Center – you know everyone to ask. I will miss you beyond description. We will try to figure out how to help Chris through this but it’s tough knowing how to best support an introvert. As you were the Yang to his Ying. He’s strong, he’ll figure it out – he has a lot of support if he will call on it. Bless the time I had with you- it was truly special!

  5. Brian was a light in our community – he will be missed by so many. We just exchanged texts last month….

  6. Brian, you were so precious and so loved. From far away, we send our love to Chris and all whose lives you touched.

  7. Brian always seemed to have a smile for everyone he met and a hug for a friend whether he just saw you last week or last year! He will be missed in our community. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with his family and friends.

  8. Brian, I dearly enjoyed your passion and energy whenever I interacted with you during our TEES days, and especially liked talking with you about your love for all things Space. Saddened that you are leaving so soon, you will be missed. My prayers follow.

  9. Brian, (Cousin) you were a great person who made people happy and were loved I’m sure by many. Chris, the families from Massachusetts and New Hampshire are so sorry for your loss. We loved Brian very much!!!
    Sharon Michelle

  10. There really are no words to truly express the sadness and shock of hearing of Brian’s passing. Chris, know that my heart goes out to you as you go through this grief, praying for your peace and comfort as you are surrounded by your loving family and friends. Sincerely, Gizzy.

  11. Jim and I realized how instrumental Brian was in, well, the story of us. Chris, you and Brian invited us both out to lunch after church one day, and after lunch Jim and I set up what was our first date. Two years later, Brian was our wedding photographer. His smile was so infectious. His friendliness was refreshing. I can only imagine what you’re going through, Chris, but know that we send you our love and are here any time you need to talk.

  12. Brian, I miss your never ending smile and hugs and especially you sitting next to me in choir and your little comments that would make me (and those who heard them) laugh. Your graciousness, love for others and radiating smile are truly missed. I am so thankful to have known you. Peace and love to you and Chris.

  13. Brian, you left too soon! I miss you and my missed opportunities to visit and laugh with you. You were so kind to me. Surrounding Chris and all of y’all’s with love.
    Until we meet again…

  14. Brian is a wonderful soul. He was always very nice to me and knew how to listen and was ready with good advice if asked of him. I felt like he somehow remembered issues that I was dealing with even though he knew so many people. I loved him. Chris, I know your pain and am sending unconditional love your way.

  15. Oh, such sad news. What a loss to this community. Brian brought such happiness and passion to everything he did. It was like a spark of joy in my day every time I ran into him. I hope Chris can somehow find a path to comfort and peace.

  16. I can’t believe you’re gone. I’ll miss reading your posts about our shared love of the stars. You’ve always been such a kind and loving person and I enjoyed every minute of working with you. The world seems less bright without you in it.

  17. Brian, you always were – are now – and forever will be one of my dearest friends. Outside my
    “blood family” I loved you the most. I cherish our last hug and giggles at Walt’s service at First Baptist. He enjoyed being your go to space guy and appreciated your respect and enthusiasm for space. Our secrets will stay that way. RIP dear friend.

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