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Brian Linn

November 20, 1961 — May 29, 2018

Brian Thomas Linn, also known as “Red” by many, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday May 29, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. He loved his family, friends and dogs dearly, as well as his country.

 Brian was born November 20, 1961 in Carlsbad, NM and was the son of Thomas H. (Tom) and Donna J. (Shehan) Linn. Raised in Newton, KS, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church and graduated from Newton Senior High School in 1980. As a youth, Brian was actively involved in Boy Scouts, was a member of the NHS swim team and was a drummer in the NHS band. After high school, Brian studied at Emporia State University and pledged to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Brian later enlisted in the United States Navy and graduated from the Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA in 1986.

Brian proudly served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the US Navy, specializing in Audio Visual and Electronic Maintenance Departments as an Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class. During his time in the US Navy, he traveled to many places around the world including Hawaii, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. He served on the USS Mobile from 1986-1988 while he was stationed in Long Beach, CA and on the USS Midway from 1989-1991 while he was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. He served on the USS Midway during Operation Desert Storm and for her final trip at sea where she docked for the final time in San Diego, CA and was later decommissioned. Brian was then stationed at DSMC Fort Belvoir in Woodbridge, VA where he was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1995.

 After faithfully serving his country, Brian relocated to San Antonio, TX in 1997 with the company NewTek, Inc. where he was a Lead Repair Technician. He later became a Systems Engineer for Arris and a Project Engineer for Big Band Networks. He was a home theater and electronics enthusiast who enjoyed watching movies in his appropriately named “Reds Home Theater”. He especially enjoyed Science Fiction and had a deep passion for all things Star Trek. Brian was a self-proclaimed “Trekkie” and was extremely proud and invested in his Star Trek memorabilia. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Other hobbies included building model rockets, playing pool, reading, cooking and listening to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Survivors include his daughter, Tristian (Tristy) Hockett and her husband Matt of Newton; grandson, Logan Dorrell of Newton; granddaughter, Hailey Hockett of Aurora, CO; father, Tom Linn of Newton; sister, Dana Linn and her husband Brian Wilder of Sandy, OR; and beloved Boxer, Tiberius.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Donna Linn and his 3 dogs; Penny, Two-Bitts and Bugsy.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday August 18th, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the American Legion, 400 S. Spencer Rd, in Newton, KS.

Local arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, KS.

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