Brett Corbin

Brett Alan Corbin

May 13, 1963 — October 7, 2014

After a long battle with leukemia, Brett Corbin passed on while in the University of Washington Medical Center.

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

Brett always loved the water, and when he moved to Friday Harbor found his place in the world.

At first, he worked at Roche Harbor as a grounds keeper. This is where he met Doris, his beloved wife. Together they started their own business, Corbin’s Caretaking.

Friday Harbor seemed to encourage Brett’s artistic side. First he tried sculpting.

After sculpting a full-body figure of Bathsheba from clay, 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 displayed in an art gallery in Friday Harbor.

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

Brett was preceded in death by his grandparents: Doralie and Troy Crisp, and Helen and Merritt Corbin. 

He is survived by his wife, Doris; his parents: Paul Corbin (Chris) and Bonnie and Phillip Nelson; his siblings: Mark Corbin, Becky Nelson, Scott Nelson, Katie Corbin and Denny Corbin; his children: Cassi, Jason (Brittany), Savanah, Sean, and Eric; and his granddaughter, Eliza Rose Corbin.

Brett 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. We feel obligated to mention that he loved scones.

A memorial service will be held at noon, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor, Wash.  

— Family of Brett Corbin