Brandon Lee Bartleson died peacefully at his home in Alpine, Utah on April 21, 2018 at the age of 32 following 17 year battle with auto immune hepatitis. Brandon is survived by his parents Rolland and Nina Lee and Ronald K. Bartleson, wife Crystal Bartleson, children; Avery, Nicki and June; siblings, Brett Bartleson, Austin Bartleson, Natalie Lee, and Brennen Lee. Brandon was born on December 27, 1985 in Fairfax, Virginia. Growing up he also lived in McLean, Virginia, Purcellville, Virginia, Dickerson, Maryland, Star Valley Wyoming, American Fork, Utah, Tucson, Arizona, and Wesley Chapel, Florida. He graduated from Pasco County School in Dade City, Florida in 2004. Brandon held management positions for several retail stores but his favorite job was being a manager at VANS. He married Crystal Marie Lisonbee in 2016. Together they have three children, Avery (11), Nicki (10), and June (8). His children remember him as a fun, goofy, brave, protective, loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. Brandon was a generous, witty, adventurous individual who loved BMX racing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, longboarding and was passionate about music. He was an accomplished songwriter and musician, playing both guitar and bass. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For 17 years, he had been battling Auto Immune Hepatitis and other health problems, which created severe pain, and numerous surgeries. While it’s a relief to know that Brandon's battle is over and he is with our Father in Heaven, his wife, their daughters and all his family are left heartbroken for the loss of Brandon.
The U of U Hospital had been Brandon's second home for seventeen years as he battled Auto Immune Hepatitis and a deteriorating liver. This is where he got a second chance of life by receiving a liver transplant five years ago. It’s been the place he goes to get better and to heal.
Thanks to all the wonderful Doctors, Nurses, and Aides that gave such great care to Brandon through the many years as he struggled so valiantly.
As his condition worsened, Crystal (His wife) asked him if there was anything he wanted, he looked up at Crystal with a glimmer in his eye, a smile on his face and said,
“Just you, and a Beach!”
When Brandon started getting closer to the end, Crystal wanted to see if he still recognized her; she asked
“Do you know who I am sweetie,” Yes, with a head nod, then Brandon said “You’re my sexy wife!”, it warmed her heart, and brought loving tears to her eyes!
His deep love for music was never lost, no matter how much pain and suffering he was in. His love for playing, and sharing music, was second only to the love of his life, Crystal!
Brandon was a hero in life – always looked to the future and lived life to the fullest. From 14 years old to his passing, he was a constant visitor to the hospital and had over 30 different surgeries. Five years ago, a liver transplant saved and extended his life.
Brandon was not afraid to dream and look to the future. He never let his difficulties discourage him and always stayed positive. Though in constant pain, he never let the challenges stop him from doing all he could to make amazing memories with his family.
After hearing the song his mom wrote for him, "I Think You're Brave", he said:
"Sometimes you just need to hear it. We all have struggles in life, some more apparent and visible than others. Someone, who loves me, shared this song... It was the first time I thought, maybe I am brave. When you’re going through difficult times, you don't think about who you might be inspiring or helping someone to see all the blessings that they have, because you are just trying to survive. You just want to make it to the next day. And sometimes, it gets harder before it gets better. But, no matter how many times I fall, I know I have made it this far…and I AM BRAVE.”
Brandon will be remembered as a bright shining beacon of love and warmth. His goofiness and caring soul will be remembered by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
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- Non-US Military