D. Kevan Bren was born Dec. 19, 1957 in Renton to Stanley Bren and Bettie (Ramey) Bren. He was promoted to Heaven the morning of June 18, 2018.
Kevan grew up in Maple Valley. In 1975, he moved to Lind and met Nora Keisling, whom he married a year later.
In 1985, Kevan and Nora moved their family to the Mid-Columbia Gorge. Here, Kevan attended Treaty Oak College and worked at Bridge Mart. After a few years, Kevan took a job in produce and eventually became the store manager at Thriftway, the local grocery store in White Salmon, now Harvest Market. During these 25 plus years, Kevan left a lasting impact on our community.
Above all else, Kevan prioritized his adoring wife of 42 years, Nora, and worshipped his God. On his days off, he and Nora energetically served as ministers to children and teens at Lyle Celebration Center in Lyle. Kevan enjoyed sharing God’s love through puppet shows and interactive sermons during children’s church and Vacation Bible School ministries. He cherished the opportunity he had to co-lead mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico. Kevan also served the church as treasurer and bass player for the worship team.
Kevan shared with family and friends his love of American history, classic cars, gardening, drawing, and music, playing guitar and bass and singing the blues. He treasured family time, attending birthday parties and school events as often as he could, and always looking forward to annual family campouts, where he and Nora led talent shows, pie eating contests, and cupcake wars.
Kevan and Nora’s children include Shannon and wife Lisa Bren, of Appleton; Angela and husband Michael Sayler, of White Salmon; Brady Bren of Appleton; and Tricia and husband Nicholas Cole, of Stevenson. Kevan was also the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren: Zion, Marcella, Jubilee, Caleb, Kevan, Nathaniel, Malachi, Karizma, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Cypress, Finley, and Mason.
He is preceded in passing by his father Stanley Bren and survived by his mother, Bettie Bren, sisters Karla May and Lanny Lowery, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, who all have cherished memories of life with Kevan.
Kevan will be remembered for his hardworking nature, making it to the store even in the depths of winter; his dedication to loved ones, opening his home to so many over the years, treating everyone as family; and his passion for cultivating a community of people who love and care for one another. Let’s keep the memory of Kevan alive by following in his steps, honoring the value and worth of our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors, both here and abroad.
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