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Brian Luther Sheffield

December 7, 1980 ~ April 3, 2022 (age 41)


A Life Tribute
Brian Luther Sheffield passed away peacefully at his home in Antioch, California, on the
morning of April 3, 2022. He was surrounded by his parents Jonathan and Stephanie Sheffield,
his best friend Chris Bowman, his sister Kristin Whitehead, and his boxer dog Mason.
Brian was born on December 7, 1980, in Anaheim, California. He grew up in Mira Loma,
California, with his mom and dad, Stephanie and Jon, and his little sister, Kristin. He had a close
group of friends in the neighborhood, with whom he played baseball and rode BMX bikes,
eventually moving on to dirt bikes and later braving the mosh pit at heavy metal concerts—
Brian was incredibly brave. He would look for snakes, scorpions, and tarantulas in the local
fields and hills around his neighborhood and at his grandparents’ house in Tucson, Arizona,
often bringing them home as pets. He excelled in Little League, making All Star teams and
bringing home medals and trophies. For years, no one could beat him in Hex at math field day,
and his sister marveled at the strategies he would teach her for that game and many others. He
was undeniably talented with mechanics—he would take apart his bicycles and dirt bike
without instructions or manuals and reassemble them with ease. And although he wasn’t really
one for school spirit, he loved his sister enough to support her when she was a cheerleader—
just one of the many ways that he was always selflessly there for her when she needed him.
Brian was strong, independent, and fiercely loyal. He grew up quickly in some ways, and maybe
that was for a reason, because he was in a car accident at 17 that changed his life forever. He
suffered severe traumatic brain injury, and for 24 years he fought hard through every challenge
to keep on living. He defied doctors who said he would never open his eyes again. Not only did
he open them, but for decades to come, his eyes would light up when his loved ones walked in
the room, and he would reach out as you went in for a hug or a fist-bump and laugh along at
family stories and jokes. As Jon and Stephanie cared for him in their home, he overcame every
physical battle that came his way, so that he could be present for birthdays and holidays, his
sister’s graduations from high school and college, her wedding, and—best of all—was able to
know and love each of his three nephews. His bravery and strength were a constant inspiration
to his family and friends and countless others who have heard about his incredible life.
Those who knew Brian well know that he faced many of his most difficult battles before his
accident. He had his own bible, but during one particularly difficult struggle, he received
another bible from a virtual stranger with this verse underlined: “No temptation has come upon
you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so
that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13.) And God was faithful to Brian. Shortly after
Brian received this verse, God provided him with the way out. He saved Brian from death
and—more importantly—from the battles he could not overcome on his own. He gave Brian
the gift of 24 more years, years in which Brian rested peacefully in the knowledge that “my
flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.” (Psalms
73:26.). During those years, Brian prayed daily, especially for his nephews. Now he prays for
them from a place of perfect peace, in God’s presence forever.
Brian is survived by his parents, Jon and Stephanie Sheffield, sister, Kristin Whitehead, brotherin-law, Eric Whitehead, and his three nephews, Taylor, Cullen, and Bennett Whitehead. He will
be laid to rest near his grandfather Luther James Odell and grandmother Marjorie Elaine Odell
in Montrose City Cemetery, Montrose, South Dakota.
Montrose City Cemetery
Montrose, South Dakota
Brain Trauma Foundation
228 Hamilton Ave, 3rd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Web: Brain Trauma Foundation


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