Bryan Joseph Bittner of Tucson, AZ, passed away on January 13th, 2021 at the age of 46. Following complications from Esophageal varices, his spirit was set free to hunt amongst the stars and his body took peaceful respite in the arms of loving family.
Bryan took great joy in being a father to his sons, Orion and Alexander, who mourn his early passing along with his mother Sylvia, siblings Laura, Erica and Robert, wife Dawn, and countless other family and friends.
Bryan, who many affectionately knew as Bittner or "Bitt", was a creative, loving, and powerful soul that could shine wonderfully bright and fierce, bringing light into the hearts of those he touched in meaningful and everlasting ways.
Saint Francis de Sales, the patron of his boyhood church, is quoted to have said, "Be who you are and be that well." From the day he was born on the 16th of November, 1974 until his last day, Bryan was charismatic, gregarious and hilariously full of wit and verve. Bitt loved to laugh, he loved to hunt, and he loved to be the life of the party. Yet he could also be stoic, willful, and implacable. He was incredibly easy and frustratingly difficult to love. But loved he was, unconditionally and without hesitation, because above all else he was genuine. He never pretended to be anything other than who he was. And he did it well.
He was a proud and loving father to his sons, a selfless giver of time and energy, a true friend and fierce defender in times of need. He loved and protected his friends and family, even from himself, and was never shy of risking himself for others. He will be missed each and every day, and let us remember him fondly and often, now and unto the end of the earth.
“When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on Judgment, I will take vengeance upon my enemies, and I will repay those who haste me. O’ Lord, raise me to Thy right hand, and count me among Thy Saints.”