June 27, 1953 ~ December 1, 2018

Born in: Shattuck, Oklahoma
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado

Our hearts are broken as we share the news that Brett Edward Roper, 65, of Aurora, Colorado, our beloved husband, father and grandfather died suddenly December 1, 2018. He was born June 27, 1953 in Shattuck, Oklahoma and adopted by Ed and Sammy Lou Heaton Roper.

Brett grew up  around the Clear Lake area in Texas and graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1971. He attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Aggie ROTC Corp.

Brett later moved to The Woodlands, TX where he met the love of his life, Diane, whom he married on July 4, 1984. He chose that date in order to remember his anniversary and to always have fireworks on their special day.

Brett had many careers throughout his life, each one being a stepping stone to the other. He began his career by doing oil field drafting and was awarded several patents for offshore designs. Brett took a part-time job as a gymnastics coach working his way into a full-time head coach position where he was well loved by students and staff alike. He was promoted into Athletic Club management by being Athletic Director in Corpus Christi, TX, and later a General Manager for clubs in Aurora, CO and Knoxville, TN. While in Knoxville, Brett transitioned into commercial real-estate development bringing him back to Denver, Colorado. Brett spent many years as a consultant and advisor for various companies culminating in the co-founding of Medicine Man Technologies in 2014. 

Brett was an avid reader of science fiction and was planning to publish his own story soon. He loved music and could play the piano and organ. During his college years, he was the keyboardist of a band that toured and played in Texas and Louisiana. 

Brett is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane; daughter, Delynn Allyn and her husband Joe; son, Jay Tippie and his wife Tricia; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews, Scott Harvill, Megan Chichester, Marc Harvill, Brehan Harvill, Brett Clark and their families. Brett was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Sammy Lou Heaton Roper, his sister, Ann Roper Harvill and his birth father. 

Brett was able to meet his birth mother, a half-brother and half-sister, two half-brothers and three-half sisters by his birth father.

Brett had a generous spirit, helping others whenever and wherever he could.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice in his name.

A celebration of Brett’s life will be held at 12 Noon, on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO  80014.

Attire for this celebration of his life is casual and comfortable as that is what Brett would want. Jeans and sneakers are welcome!


Celebration of Life: December 6, 2018 12:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

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  1. Hello:

    I am sad to hear about the passing of Brett. He was a man of intelligence, warmth, and generosity. Best wishes to his entire family at this difficult time.

    David Laverty

  2. Brett was a Great wonderful man. We are glad to say that he was a part of our live and that we will miss him.
    He was always such a positive person and we learned much about handling problems and stress from him. We are so happy that he was a part of our family and that he was able to met his great grandchildren James and Annabelle. We will pray for his wife and family and hope that he is on a better place now.

    We miss you already

  3. Brett was a loving man. I always will remember sitting at the piano bench with him and playing harmony while he played melody. He always said it was our way of saying grace for the family before we would sit down to eat. He may not have been my blood grandfather, but he loved me like he was. And I always saw him as another grandparent to me.

  4. Brett was such a great man and I was so proud to be part of his extended family. I just sat next to him Thanksgiving day and we talked about what was coming next in life. I will miss his smiles and laughter. I will live life to the fullest as he always did. We all miss you Brett

  5. Our hearts are broken as we share in the loss of this beloved man. There really are no words that express the hole that is left by the sudden loss of Brett. When you guys left us on Thanksgiving afternoon, none of us knew it would be the last time we would see him. He was a man who dearly loved his family and who lived for their happiness and wholeness. Often times, this involved a lot of sacrifice, but you guys were both always willing to do it.

    To say we will miss him is a great underestimate. Many of our lives will never be the same, because he touched us. His loving spirit will live on in the lives of those he touched in all phases of his life.

    We love how deeply he loved his grandchildren, and other children who gathered around him. We love that everybody got to win at monopoly, at least, after a while. We love how he and Brandi played the piano as a grace before our Thanksgiving meal. We love that we shared Christmas morning and so many other holidays. We love that he wanted to take all of us out for Zach and Abigail’s graduation. We love that he cared about us and how we were doing, always asking and always listening.

    We know that loss through death is part of life, but we’re not sure we are ever prepared for this kind of finality. We have been praying for all of you every morning, and we will continue to do that for many months to come. Please know that we are here for you. We will grieve and cry with you, and we will remember all the fun and happy times as well. Brett has left a beautiful legacy of many great and happy memories. He was a wonderful man. What a pleasure it has been to be even a small part of his life. Elwyn and Ellie

  6. I often say my life was made in Knoxville and Brett (and Diane) were a huge part of this. They took in Matt and I in as their own children and helped raise us into the people we are today. We were blessed by Brett in more ways than I can even mentioned. Banka you will be missed. We love you! Matt and Tricia

  7. Although I only spent a short time with Brett, he meant a lot to me. He was a good man. I will miss him. Best wishes to Dianne and the rest of his family.

  8. You are in our prayers at this time of sorrow. We loved him dearly. He was such a sweet person. Very kind and loved people. Only wish we could have been in your life Diane take care of yourself and keep in touch. Love you.

  9. I wish we had gotten to know each other better, but when we all got together Brett fit right in the family. I will always love my older brother.
    Love Dawn and Bart Eby

  10. We are devastated by the passing of our friend. He was truly a man of character, generosity and love for
    his family. He always tried to make sure everyone in his family was taken care of – a true family patriarch.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. (Diane, we are here for you)

  11. Brett was such a warm, funny and charming individual, and it was a pleasure to work with him. It is so sad to hear this news. My deepest condolences go out to his family and his colleagues at Medicine Man.

  12. It was an Honor and Privilege to meet and know Brett. Such an honest and caring man. It was well known and shared how much he loved and admired his family.

  13. A life well lived! Brett was a multi-talented trail blazer with a vibrant mind and a heart of gold. He made friends everywhere he went and left a positive impression on everyone he met.

    It was my honor to know him, and I’ll always cherish the good times we had together.
    Joe Hollingsworth

  14. Brett will be greatly missed. His personality allowed him to connect with a wide range of people. Brett was always generous with his time willing to spend considerable time with complete strangers in order to answer their questions. RIP my friend…….my prayers go out to Dianne and your entire family as well as Andy, Josh and the rest of your gang at MMT. 🙏

  15. Brett had an amazingly fun and warm spirit about him that poured out of him in everything he did. As my gymnastics coach, he was always encouraging, supportive and enthusiastic. I will always remember his kindness and big beautiful smile!

  16. Brett was just a great guy….plain & simple! I lived next door to Brett & Diane and always knew they were there if I ever needed anything. Ken & I were lucky to spend time with Brett & Diane and his stories! He was generous to a fault, always happy to see you, great stories and just made you feel good! You were a good man Brett and will be missed. Diane, we love you and will be here for you now and in the future!

  17. Brett was our daughter Kristin’s Gymnastic coach for years. He was a dedicated compassionate coach to all the girls. I remember when they would do their floor routines at competitions I noticed he knew all their floor routines by heart& would be on the side line motioning them through their routine. On one particular competition Kristin forgot her routine & glanced at Brett & he quickly motioned her through it. It was so touching. Thank you Diane for sharing him with our girls.
    Bill & Virginia Riddle❤️🙏

  18. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Brett. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength and a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2Cor 1:3

  19. Sorry to hear the passing of our business partner Britt. We meet back in approx. 2001-02. We were both involved with Chineseinvesters.com in Los Angeles.

    May God Bless Him. HE will be missed.


    Leon Sabean

  20. I hope you are surrounded by love as you share wonderful memories of Brett with your family and friends. It is a terrible loss for all of you. I am holding you close in my thoughts as you pass through this dark valley.

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