Obituary: Brian Thomas Linn

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

Brian was born Nov. 20, 1961, in Carlsbad, N.M., and was the son of Thomas H. (Tom) and Donna J. (Shehan) Linn. Raised in Newton, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church and graduated from Newton 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 U.S. Navy and graduated from the Naval Training Center in San Diego in 1986.

Brian proudly served as a petty officer 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy, specializing in Audio Visual and Electronic Maintenance Departments as an interior communications electrician 3rd Class. During his time in the U.S. 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 stationed in Long Beach 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, and was later decommissioned. Brian was then stationed at DSMC Fort Belvoir in Woodbridge, Va., where he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1995.

After faithfully serving his country, Brian relocated to San Antonio 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 also was 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, Colo.; father, Tom Linn of Newton; sister, Dana Linn and her husband Brian Wilder of Sandy, Ore.; and beloved Boxer, Tiberius.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Linn and his three dogs, Penny, Two-Bitts and Bugsy.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the American Legion, 400 S. Spencer Road in Newton.

Local arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.