1914 4th Street. Marysville, WA 98270

Brian Avery February 25, 1969 - April 7, 2024

Brian Lee Avery, 55, of Cashmere, passed away on April 7, 2024, surrounded by angels and loved ones that left before him, in the loving care of Mount Baker View AFH in Everett.

Brian was born in Everett, Washington, the son of John Roland Avery and Opal Ramona Avery.

He attended Leavenworth and Red Level (Alabama) High School, then went on to Spokane Falls Community College to study Radio communications, landing, a job at Cat Country 94 KDRK (now 93.7 The Mountain), as an “on-air” personality Frank James (named after the brother of Jesse James).

In 1996, Brian married Rebecca Yoder and they had a daughter, Nyomi Jordan Avery. Brian is survived by Rebecca and Nyomi. Rebecca and Brain always remained good friends.

Besides working as a radio DJ, Brian was a jack of all trades lending his skills as a craftsman remodeling Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane and helped revitalize many other iconic buildings (Red Lion, Clinkerdagers, Fudruckers) in the area. He also helped build his daughters’ backyard playhouse still standing at 5-mile Prairie. He also enjoyed helping his father-in-law with building projects and neighborhood repairs. He was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was proud to be a taxicab, truck, and delivery driver all while being blind in one eye. Brian had the privilege of working security at private events, Spokane Arena, the Gorge Amphitheater, and Las Vegas. He met many celebrities as a security guard, including walking them to their dressing rooms and the stage; Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, and Alan Jackson to name a few. He had a way of making those around him feel safe and important.

He enjoyed working at Oakstead Elementary in Florida where he was loved by many students and staff. He would always say, “Go Otters”.

Brian worked for the USPS. His route included Spokane, South Idaho border, Moses Lake, Kettle Falls, and the Canadian Border. He enjoyed the opportunities and friendships this line of work provided.

Brian was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and of CMS crowd management services.

A favorite memory of Brian was how he loved to be the lead singer of his “own personal” cover band. Using any tool or instrument he could find. Whether it was a kitchen broom handle as a mic stand to belt out the lyrics to his favorite songs with his incredible bass voice. He would play his “air guitar” or a dashboard/air piano to accompany artists like Willie Nelson, Oak Ridge Boys, Brewer & Shipley, and Waylon Jennings to name a few.

Another precious memory is his love to serenade and dote on his most prized treasure, his daughter Nyomi.

He always cheered on the Miami Dolphins and enjoyed reading and collecting books by author Louis L’Amour and other old Western books. He also liked to read and learn about historical people, ancient artifacts, ancient civilizations, science, the military, and biographies including those on spirituality. Brian had a desire to know how we are connected to the Universe. He loved cars and had a Crown Victoria that filled him with excitement.

He was also the proud son of John Avery, Brian’s father, who served in the military for most of his life, in different branches such as the Coast Guard, and the Navy. Also, of a loving mother, Ramona Avery who loved God.

Brian was loved and will be missed, as we remember his incredible life as a remarkable son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, friend, co-worker, and as one gigantic teddy bear.

From Brian, “Music is for the soul and quiets the spirit. If you listen and pay attention to your surroundings everywhere you go, there is rhythm and connection to people, animals, and nature.”  He was always giving life lessons.

Remaining to cherish Brian’s memory are his daughter, Nyomi Jordan Avery; as well as brother, Jeremy Shane Avery; sister, Jo Lynn Ross (Avery); and brother, Darren L. Avery; nephews Jeremy Shane Avery II and Aiden Michael Avery; and niece, Kenzie Raelynn Avery.

Preceding Brian in death are his father, John Roland Avery “Jack”; mother, Opal Ramona Avery “Ramona or Mona”; sister, Roberta Sue Branscom “Sue”; brother, Duane R. Hopper “Dewey”.

Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held Sunday, April 21st, 2:00- 4:00 at Lions Club Park 696 US-2 in Leavenworth WA. This is a picnic celebration in the park. You are welcome to come and share your and/or Brian’s favorite memories and snacks. There will be a few picnic tables provided by the park. You are welcome to bring blankets or chairs as well.

In lieu of Memorial donations in Brian’s memory, his wish would be to treat yourself, friends, and/or family to a live music venue and remember him and his love of music.


  1. Jo Ross says

    Miss you Bro xoxo

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