In Loving Memory of Brian Lester Stokes
Born on January 25, 1961, in Richmond, California, Brian Lester Stokes brought joy and love into the lives of all who knew him. He was the beloved son of Richard James Stokes and June Rochelle (Smith) Stokes.
Brian's life took a beautiful turn when he met his sweetheart, Debbie Ann Luke, on a blind date. They were married on June 8, 1979 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple the following year. They were blessed with four wonderful children: Brian James Stokes, Brooke Rochelle Stokes, Brady Scott Stokes, and Ashley Ann Stokes. They moved to Evanston in 1981 and have called it home for the last 42 years.
Brian was a man of deep faith and served as a Bishop along with many other callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His dedication to his spiritual community was unwavering. For six years, Brian and Debbie selflessly served together in the Ogden Temple, touching the lives of countless individuals.
In addition to his spiritual leadership, Brian made a significant impact on his community. He was one of the founding fathers for The Town of Bear River. He served as a councilman and the Mayor of Bear River and was known for his entrepreneurial spirit. Brian started Westar Printing and later ventured into the creation of Rocky Mtn Sign. His passion and hard work were evident in every endeavor he pursued.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Brian was a shining example of compassion and generosity. He selflessly offered what he had to those less fortunate and dedicated his time to supporting friends, family, and anyone in need. His love and care knew no bounds.
Above all else, Brian cherished his role as a loving father and spouse. He instilled the values of hard work, humor and determination in his children and led by example. With a great sense of humor, he brought laughter and joy into their lives. Brian's heart swelled with love as he played with his grandchildren, creating memories that will forever be cherished.
Traveling was a passion shared by Brian and Debbie, with Disneyland being one of their favorite destinations, which Brian always referred to as the happiest place on earth.
Although he will be greatly missed, he will be remembered as a compassionate, understanding, and loving individual. His unwavering faith, optimism and kindness touched the lives of many.
Brian was preceded in death by his daughter, Brooke Rochelle Stokes. He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Stokes, their children, Bj (Tersa) Stokes, Brady (Alayna) Stokes, and Ashley (Casey) Frome parents, Richard and June Stokes, his brothers, Brett (Connie) Stokes and Don (Penny) Stokes and his 13 grandchildren, Quinn, Carter, Cael, Taya, Brailynn, Samantha, McKinley, Aria, Emma, Oakley, Natalya, Hailey and Taytum.
Viewing and Funeral services will be held at 251 Elm Street Chapel in Evanston, WY. Viewing will be on Sunday October 15th from 6 to 8 PM and Monday October 16th from 9:30-10:45 AM with funeral services starting at 11:00 AM. Graveside services to follow at Evanston City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you donate to a charity of your choice.