Bryan D. Carpenter
February 28th, 1959 — April 7th, 2017
At some point in Bryan’s mid to late teens, he began to experience symptoms that led to his agreement with medical experts that he had an affliction that needed attention. Thus began an association with the medical community that would last for the next 40 years, the remainder of his life, and would profoundly influence all of his life.
In the last few years of his life the periodic absence of a vital mineral in his system resulted in his being admitted to an assisted living facility, where adjustments to his medications, dietary needs, and activities could be monitored and adjusted regularly to best suit his condition. Then unexpectedly another affliction appeared that would increase his suffering and shortly end his life.
If we can borrow some words from Abe Lincoln, “the better angels our nature”, more often than not, the better angels of Bryan’s nature radiated from him in spite of his suffering.” We can attest to numerous incidental conversations with his acquaintances and sometimes near strangers, janitors, maintenance workers, nurses, nurse aids, fellow patients, social workers, all of whom never failed to emphasize how much they liked him or how respectful he was, or most of all, what a good heart he had, all of that perceived by his spoken words. That good heart and the impression he left must have been his God given purpose in life to pass on to most of those who crossed his path, maybe more so to the more afflicted ones like himself that suffered daily as he did, in the place where he spent the last few months and years of his life.
We don’t know if he ever cared how good that heart truly was, but we sincerely pray that now he knows, and we pray that the God given spirit in him will live on and become a part of all those who were influenced by it, including ourselves.
It has been said that every time we lose a very close loved one, we are to some extent changed forever, and that can be a good thing. We love you Bryan and we are forever thankful that you were and are a part of our lives.
Bryan is preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor L. Pribbeno Carpenter. Survived by his father Kenneth E. Carpenter, Siblings Lynn R. Carpenter Tanguma and her husband Rick, Brooks D. Carpenter and his wife Jennifer, Nephews Jeremy (and his wife Jessie), Jadon and Joshua, nieces Camryn and Katelyn, great nephew Josiah, great nieces Lucia and Hazel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arvada Young Life. Please write “in honor of Bryan Carpenter” in the memo of the check. Send checks to 9100 West 100th Avenue, Suite 5B, Westminster, CO 80021 or donate on line at Arvada.Younglife.org and click on giving.younglife.org at the bottom of the page. Thank you.
A memorial service for family and friends was held Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Biblical Church, 9785 W. 9th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215. A lunch reception followed the service in the fellowship hall. There will be no interment.