Brett Alan Corbin


May 13, 1963-Oct. 7, 2O14

After a long battle with Leukemia, Brett Alan Corbin died while in the University of Washington Medical Center.

He was born in Port Angeles and spent most of his younger life in Forks. Basketball and track were his passions in high school. He moved to Olympia and worked in mills and as an insulation installer.

He always had loved the water and when he moved to Friday Harbor he found his place in the world. First, he worked at Roach Harbor as a groundskeeper. This is where he met Doris, his beloved wife.

Together they started their own business, Corbin’s Caretaking.

Friday Harbor seemed to encourage his artistic side. First he tried sculpting. After sculpting from clay a full-body figure of Bathsheba, he applied for entry at Florence School of Fine Art. He was accepted but was unable to attend for lack of funding. His last artistic endeavor was photography for which he won prizes. His work was/is on display in an art gallery in Friday Harbor.

He loved to laugh, and even when he was only days from death, he continued to entertain the hospital staff.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Doralie and Troy Crisp, Helen and Merritt Corbin. Survived by his wife, Doris; parents Paul Corbin (Chris), Bonnie and Phillip Nelson; siblings Mark Corbin, Becky Nelson, Scott Nelson, Katie Corbin and Denny Corbin; children: Cassi, Jason, (Brittany) Savanah, Sean, and Eric; and grandchild: Eliza Rose Corbin. He made friends easily and loved to discuss all kinds of subjects. He was constantly doing research on the Internet.

He overcame his dyslexia and became an avid reader. He loved to travel and eat out.

His service was held at noon on Nov. 1, 2014 in the Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor.