Brian Lindeblad, 36, can be described as a son, brother, father, friend, painter, cook, reader, student, practical joker, musician, Rastafarian and compassionate, non-judgmental human being who sought to help others until the last day of his life, May 20, 2021. He was also an addict. Perhaps that is what people saw first, and the chaos that carried into his brief life, but it is certainly not the whole person.
Brian attended University HS and Greenriver Community College. He recently returned to Evergreen College, hoping to earn a degree in Psychology so he could pursue becoming a drug rehab counselor. Brian desperately wanted to break free from the opiate cycle, evidenced by his repeated attempts at rehab and other programs. Unfortunately, the pull of the undertow became too strong and he could swim against it no longer.
Brian’s last act of courage and compassion was to ensure that he was an organ donor so that others might have a chance at life that he no longer had. It was his wish that we would all do so and that we would look at every person that we pass on the street with compassion and humility, not judging the path they have been on. Each person is beloved by someone, and the families of the 52,000 people who died from an accidental synthetic opiate overdose in 2020 share this grief.
Brian is preceded in death by his brother Adam and his grandparents. He is survived by his daughter Zyon Isabella (16) and son Marley Gene (12) as well as his parents, Gary and Kris Lindeblad, his brother Matthew Lindeblad, his sister-in-law Kana and 2 nephews Gene and Garrison, Corey Blaisdell and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be a private service for Brian at a later date. If you are so moved, in lieu of flowers, please donate to SCRAPS, 6815 E Trent Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99212, or Hospice of Spokane, 121 S Arthur St, Spokane, WA 99202
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