2015-06-18 / Obituaries

Brett Conway

Brett M. Conway, 54, died in Sacramento on June 7, 2015. Brett suffered a heart attack while visiting an ailing friend.

He was born on June 5, 1961 in Visalia, where he lived until the age of seven. He then moved with his family to the Castaic/ Newhall area where he attended school for six years. In 1974, the family moved to Sacramento where Brett attended junior high and high school. During those years he excelled in long distance and cross-country running, winning several ribbons, awards and accolades. Brett graduated from Valley High School in Sacramento in 1979.

After high school, Brett worked several jobs before landing a job with the California Department of Forestry. Here, he worked the job that he loved for three years before a back injury cut his career short. After leaving the Department of Forestry, Brett continued to work in maintenance jobs until making the unselfish commitment to serve his country. In 1984, Brett joined the U.S. Navy where he served in a helicopter command for his entire duration of nine years. He was discharged in 1993.

Brett was a true fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He also loved listening to music and was a huge fan of rocker Joe Satriani. Brett was forever young and fun. He will always be remembered for his enormous heart and awesome sense of humor. He always had a way of making us laugh and family was everything to him. The highlights of his life were his five children, Heather Vines, Justin Ellis, Kegan Dessenberger, Amy Conway and John David Conway.

Brett is also survived by his parents, Jack and Joyce Conway of Mariposa; his siblings, Ed Conway of New York, Brad Conway and wife Barbara of Oregon, Kristy Walls and husband Jim of Coarsegold and Jennifer Conway of Hollywood; his nieces and nephews, Tiffany and Chris Conway, Ann and Kaitlyn Yates, all from New York, Skye Conway of Mariposa, Michael McMath and wife Alicia of Tennessee, Ashley Dike and husband Christian of Fresno, Anessa, Anna Grace and Peyton McMath, all of Tennessee; and five grandchildren, Wyatt, Noah and Katyn Vines and Kasen and Mykenzie Ellis of Visalia.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 5154 Jones Street in Mariposa. A potluck will follow.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family can make a donation in Brett’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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