Brian Brandmeyer, 78, died peacefully at his home in Palos Verdes on New Year’s Day from ALS. He was surrounded by Janice, his devoted wife of 54 years, and his four children: Kent, Terese, Michael and Kevin.
Brian was born in Spokane, Washington but spent his formative years in Fargo, North Dakota where he attended Bishop Shanley High School. A three sport varsity athlete, he forged his passion for sports and all things competitive on the field of play. To follow were decades of pick-up basketball, tennis, golf and an encyclopedic grasp of sports statistics that would be the envy of any fan.
He came west and attended both college and law school at Loyola University in Los Angeles, graduating in 1962 to begin a 53 year career as an attorney specializing in Family Law. His commitment to Loyola Law School was life long, as he served on its Board of Governors and was President of its alumni association.
Brian and Jan lived happily in Palos Verdes where they raised 4 children. They are now are blessed with 11 grandchildren.
After his family, Brian’s passion was the practice of law. He built two law firms from the ground up. With 9 lawyers, the Long Beach firm of Brandmeyer, Gilligan & Dockstader remains one of the preeminent Family Law firms in the region. Brian was a legal warrior, successfully representing countless clients over the decades and, to nobody’s surprise, Brian never retired, last going into the office on December 23, 2015.
All who knew Brian immediately felt his warmth, egalitarian nature and kind human touch. He woke up every morning happy, optimistic and ready to make the world a better place. If the measure of a man is how well he lived, Brian squeezed every last drop out of life. As a family, we are so grateful to be the lasting legacy of this passionate man. Please join us as we hold close the memory of Brian Kent Brandmeyer.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 1:30pm at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. A reception will follow at Palos Verdes Golf Club on Via Campesina in Palos Verdes Estates.
To honor Brian’s memory, in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Providence Trinity Care Hospice Foundation 5315 Torrance Blvd. Torrance CA 90503 or ALS Association- Golden West Chapter PO Box 565 Agoura Hills CA 91376.You can find the complete original obituary on this website.