September 9, 1980 ~ January 2, 2019

Born in: Edison, NJ
Resided in: Littleton, CO

Brian was born September 9, 1980 in Edison, New Jersey. He was named after his great-grandfather, Carl Edward Kallander. Brian’s nickname was Dynamite as he came very quickly into this world.

Growing up, Brian was very active in baseball, football, and basketball. He loved outdoor activities such as swimming, camping, hiking, and fishing. Brian loved to throw rocks and had great accuracy. He was very athletic and was a star baseball pitcher until he broke his arm! He was a four-year Varsity wrestler as well. During the summer months, he worked as a life guard at the Lakewood Morse Park pool where he rescued multiple children.

With his parents encouragement, Brian joined the Young Marines and greatly excelled. He received the national award “the Young Marine of the Year” in 1999. He also participated in the inauguration parade for President Clinton and witnessed the presidential Oath of Office in 1997. In his senior year, he received the ABC Channel 7 “7 Everyday Hero Award” for his work with the Young Marines and community service. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. Brian loved his country and proudly served four years. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal and was assigned to an amphibious assault vehicle. His unit participated in the Iraq War in 2003 with great honor.

After leaving the Marines, Brian worked as a fire fighter, security guard and lead solar installer.

The love of Brian’s life were his two children. He was such a wonderful father. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing karaoke, bow hunting, scuba diving, camping, and fishing.

Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Keith & Lois Kallander; and his brother Benjamin Kallander.

He is survived by his children, Skyler and Brady; his grandparents, Leo & Lois Schmid; parents, Kevin & Vicki Kallander; siblings, Michael  (Karin) Kallander, Angela (Scott Foot) Kallander, Timothy (Jillian) Kallander, Andrew Kallander; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Titus, Luke, Silas, Kierah, Jayden, Brianna, Dominic, Alexandra, Micah, Hailey, and Caleb; Brian’s former wife, Jennette Hewen Kallander, and many extended family members.

Services

Visitation: January 13, 2019 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227


Graveside Service: January 14, 2019 10:15 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117
https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftlogan.asp

Room: Please meet at Staging Area C

Memorial Service: January 14, 2019 12:00 pm

Bear Valley Church
10001 W. Jewell Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80232


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  1. My heartfelt condolences to the Kallander family. May you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of your family and friends. (Proverbs 17:17) Thoughts of sympathy are with your whole family.

  2. Brian always had my respect. I knew him in middle school and saw every year, throughout high school, his transformation into a great man. He and I always joked with each other as he was leaving for the Marine Corps and I was leaving for the Navy. I was very grieved to hear what kind of man the world lost. I am saddened that I had lost contact with him after we went our seperate ways after high school. I want to express to everyone, especially his children, that he was a great man and that he undoubtedly made a great impact on many people. My condolences to all his family.
    Fair winds and following seas, Marine.

  3. I remember Brian by his laughter. He was a wonderful dad and brother. He was always putting everyone else first even at the dinner table. Brian’s heart for others was infectious. I loved his guitar music and songs with laughter after a holiday meal. May he be at peace with the Lord and with his family in heaven. God Bless the Kallander family and comfort them during this time. May they be ever closer to each other as they heal. 💘

  4. RIP Brian .. Forever in our hearts.
    Lots of love and big hugs. I wish I could be there with you all to say goodbye.
    I love you !!

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I will be praying for you all in this difficult time of loss. Miss seeing you all!

  6. Michael, Karin and sons, Matthew, Titus, Luke & Silas. We are sooo sorry for your deep loss. Brian sounded like a terrific young man. He will leave a big hole in your family! I can’t imagine… We are praying God’s comfort, His peace that passes all understanding and strength.

  7. I met Brian and his family through the Young Marines. He was a great example and leader for his fellow Young Marines. Many were inspired by him and looked up to him. I was honored to be a parent coordinator with the group as my son Ryan was also a Young Marine, and I got to be witness to the fine young man, friend, brother, and son Brian was. May memories always comfort those who knew and loved him. Peace be with him.

  8. Tim Kallander was my best friend as a kid, Tim and I were inseparable from Kindergarten up until high school, when life often carries people in different directions. I remember Brian wasn’t to far from being involved or getting involved in the “mischief” as Tim put. Tim mention a place called the “waterfall” that used to be a childhood escape for Brian, Tim and myself. We would catch crayfish together, play “chicken” on the swing set in Tim and Brian had in the back yard, to many memories to try and share. I do remember this one day Tim, Brian and I were all riding bikes and scooters around in the neighborhood, a couple houses down, in the drive way just off to the side, there were these really flat low lying bushes that landscaped the side of the driveway, this driveway also had a slight incline to it as well. Brian, Tim and were all standing at the top of the driveway looking at the street (Don’t remember why we were in this neighbors driveway) when we all noticed that one of these bushes had hundreds of honey bees swarming in and around it. Brian dared me to ride Tim’s scooter through this bush of bees and I couldn’t back down from this dare as I would never have lived it down with Brian. So, I took this dare and rode that scooter through that bush and took off as fast as I could down the street hoping I wasn’t going to get stung. Well, I got stung, 3 or 4 times and also took some road rash as I fell off the scooter while getting stung. Brian was never far from what Tim and I were doing and often was a part of it or joined in later.

    The Kallander family was my childhood as I can’t really remember a time that I wasn’t doing something with them and Tim. Angela used to be my babysitter, and to think of her story she told about hitting Brian with that baton today!! I never got the privilege in getting to know Brain in adulthood but I did get a huge insight into his life today and my prayers and thoughts will be with the Kallanders, Jennette and his two children. There are no words for the loss of Brian and he will be deeply missed everyday. I wish I had gotten a chance to get to know you more as an adult but I will forever hold the childhood memories of our adventures and mischief in my heart.

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