Bayfield resident Brian Harvey Koehn died suddenly of a heart attack Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Marina, Calif., where he was visiting family for the summer. He was 63.
Mr. Koehn struggled for most of his life with Type I diabetes and its complications.
He was born to Harvey and Elizabeth (Serio) Koehn on June 19, 1949, in Palo Alto, Calif. He graduated from Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif., in 1967, and attended Santa Rosa Junior College, where he studied electronics.
After beginning his career in electronics at Midwest Circuits, Mr. Koehn worked at Hewlett-Packard Co., for 18 years.
In 1970, he married Lois Hewitt in Santa Rosa, Calif. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Mr. Koehn volunteered as a Junior Achievement advisor and volunteer phone counselor for a family-crisis hotline. His hobbies included motorcycle riding, hang gliding and working on his 1972 Datsun 510 sedan. Mr. Koehn also learned to fly ultralight aircraft and built his own plane at home.
On Sept. 29, 1984, he married Mary Margaret MacBain in Sebastopol. They lived in Santa Rosa for several years, hosting exchange students through Piner High School and the Youth For Understanding program.
The Koehns loved to travel, and in 1991 went to Europe to visit many of the students they had hosted.
They moved to Bayfield in 1993.
Mr. Koehn worked briefly for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory as an information technologist, then started Technical Solutions, a home-based electronic repair and design business. He also studied life coaching at Coaches Training Institute and founded Beyond Limits Coaching. He was a mediator, facilitated Teen Court at Durango High School and taught computer classes at the Durango Adult Education Center.
“Brian was well-respected for his compassionate interactive listening skills,” his family said. “He attributed his penchant for restorative justice to his Mennonite roots. He could fix almost anything mechanical or electronic, and enjoyed designing and building devices to make living more convenient.”
Mr. Koehn was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheri Louise Mandler, and grandson, Levi Mandler, in 2007.
He is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Mary Koehn, of Bayfield; brother, David Koehn, of Oakland Calif.; sister, Rhoda Watson, of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; former wife, Lois Basham, of Calif.; and numerous extended family members.
Cremation has occurred. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in the Windom Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. Friends are asked to bring memories to share.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.