May 9, 1960 – October 21, 2022
Brian Richard Disney passed away October 21, 2022 at Assured Senior
Living from brain cancer. After noticing memory loss in January of this year,
Brian was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor.
Born in Denver on May 9, 1960 to Alice and Jeremiah (Jerry), Brian was a
long-time resident of Arvada, attending Peck Elementary, Arvada Junior
High, and Arvada High School. After graduating high school in 1978, Brian
earned his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. His
first job was with Philipps Petroleum in Denver. Not long after, Brian was
transferred to Aberdeen, Scotland to work in the North Sea on an offshore
oil platform. During the four years he lived in Scotland Brian was able to
travel extensively throughout Europe and also became a Licensed
Professional Engineer. After returning to Denver and between jobs, Brian
attended the University of Colorado, Boulder to earn his M.S. in Civil
Engineering (Environmental, Water, and Chemical). In his retirement, he
enjoyed spending time both here in Colorado and at his lake house in
Minnesota. Brian was also in the midst of building his dream mountain
house in Tabernash when he was diagnosed. He loved playing golf, scuba
diving, racquetball, skiing, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle, and
traveling. Poker games with friends were also regular events at his house.
Four years ago Brian became a proud first-time dog owner when he
brought Hudson, his beloved Cavalier King Charles, home. From that
moment Brian and Hudson became nearly inseparable.
Brian fought his cancer as long as he could, going through radiation and
several rounds of chemotherapy. During that time he lived his life as best
as he could, enjoyed spending time with family and friends and celebrating
birthdays and holidays.
Brian was preceded in death by his dad, Jeremiah. He is survived by his
mother, Alice, brother, Craig, sister, Diane, nephews Kyle and Marc, Uncle
Bob Nylen, Aunt Michele Nylen, Aunts Helen and Sandy, and numerous
The family requests donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.