Brian Leslie Wilbourn

brian wilbourn

July 13, 1955 ~ February 23, 2022

Born in: Dallas, TX
Resided in: Grand Prairie, TX

Brian passed away on February 23, 2022 while surrounded by his family. Despite being diagnosed with a rare and highly aggressive form of brain cancer, Brian spent the last eight months fighting with immense strength and courage, while always being kind to others.
Brian grew up in Grand Prairie and joined the United States Army after graduating high school. Brian was a member of the Army Band and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. It was there that he met his now wife Gabriele and where they married in 1975.
Brian was an exceptionally skilled carpenter, a talented musician, an admired Martial Arts instructor and the General Manager of Utilities for Tyson Foods.
Brian never met a stranger and would go out of his way for anyone, at any time. His faith was an inspiration and was evident in how he lived his life, even in the midst of pain and suffering.
Brian was deeply devoted to his family and leaves behind his wife Gabriele, daughter Lindsey and son Ethan. His two biggest admirers were quite possibly his grandchildren. Brian was a proud Papa to Bailey and Eleanor.
Brian leaves us as a Hero.

*Memorial service on March 26, 2022 at 2pm.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4400 West Arkansas Lane
Arlington, TX 76016

*Burial service on April 1, 2022 at 11:15am.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetary
2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75211


Memorial Service: March 26, 2022 2:00 pm

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4400 W. Arkansas Lane
Arlington, TX 76016

(817) 451-7561

Graveside Service: April 1, 2022 11:15 am

DFW National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

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  1. BRIAN, You will be missed more than can be imagined. We celebrate your life with the loving memory of the caring, thoughtful and loving man you were. My deepest condolences to your family, sending prayers for their peace and comfort.

  2. My sincere condolences to your family. His impact on others will be a lasting impression and testament to the values he lived. As a leader in the martial arts his life was connected around the globe and we all are with you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Brian was a fine man, husband and father. As a Christian, he lead his life to honor his God and Mr. and Mrs W. E. Wilbourn. He was my oldest and best friend. I will miss him.

  4. CandleImagePaul Trafford
    My condolences to the Wilbourn family. Brian was the most selfless, giving person I have known.
    Who ever met Brian would like and respect him, I am one of them!
    Brian, you are missed!

  5. CandleImageAlthough I only had the pleasure of meeting you once, I could tell you had a wonderful, giving and gentle spirit. Through all my friends in the SooBahkDo family I never heard any thing less than love, respect and admiration for you. Thank you sir for leaving this world a better placeโ€ฆ
    May God embrace you into his
    Kingdom โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  6. RIP Sir. You were admired by many. Sa Bom Nim Walsh thought highly of you. Say hello to her from me when you meet up in heaven.
    SOO BAHK !!

  7. CandleImageA great man that established an unfathomable legacy that will be carried on by the unbreakable family he has. Rest In Peace.

  8. I know of no one who knew him who had a bad word to say about him. It was my pleasure to have known him and I always looked forward to those opportunities. I will miss his kindness and hold on to his spirit example. You are and will be missed. My heartfelt and serious condolences to his family.

  9. CandleImageBrian, thank you for being there for me when I needed advice. You gave me such a great talk and I will always take that with me. You and gabriele always welcomed me to your home with open arms. I remember when my air conditioning broke down at my apartment in the middle of 110 degree weather in august. You took me in with open arms for a good week. I will never forget these little things. Itโ€™s all of these things that makes a person a GOOD, solid person and that will remain with me for the rest of my days. Knowing that in Texas, where I have no family, I had you and gabriele and Ethan. It breaks my heart that you are no longer here. Rest In Peace, my dear friend

  10. I served with Brian in the 33rd US Army Band in Heidelberg, West Germany. He was a fine Musician and Soldier.
    Rest in Peace, Brian.

  11. CandleImageSuch an amazing man who raised some amazing children. I’ve only ever heard positive things about him, and how much he did for others. He was so giving.

  12. A gentle and honorable man who I looked up to. I enjoyed the random phone call about some wood working project he or I was working on. He is a great man who I wish I could’ve spent more time with. I often cut with you in mind, Sir.

  13. CandleImageBrian Wilbourn Sa Bom Nim,
    You will be missed by all the lives you have touched.
    His calming voice on the phone was a pleasure to hear.
    My condolences to his family and all those that knew him.
    He had a great perspective on live.
    Rest in Peace Sir.

  14. Brian was the definition of Honor and Integrity. He loved God, his family and his country. It was a privilege to work with him and a blessing to be considered his friend.

  15. CandleImageMy condolences to the family. Rest easy soldier… ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  16. CandleImageMy deepest condolences during this time of loss & pain. Our hearts & thoughts got out to you. If you need anything let us know.

  17. CandleImageMy deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Wilbourn family. Brain was such a huge part of my young life and I will remember him forever. I know he impacted the lives of so many and he really did make the world a better place

  18. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to the Wilbourne family. Brian was such an amazing person and he will always be remembered by so many. He made an impact on so many people, and it was an honor to have known him for so many years. We will miss him greatly.

  19. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to the Wilbourn family. Brian was such an amazing person and he will always be remembered by so many. He made an impact on so many people, and it was an honor to have known him for so many years. We will miss him greatly.

  20. He was my roommate in Heidelburg, Germany. I picked up his bible next to his bed and couldn’t stop reading. I became an associate pastor for the next 40 years.

  21. I want to to thank you for this very good read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I have you book-marked to look at new stuff you postโ€ฆ

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  24. Heard of Brianโ€™s passing today through a GPHS email notice. Knew Brian from high school and the martial arts. He was a fine person. I loved his wit. Thank you Brian!

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