Douglas “Brett” Brewer was born October 16th, 1974, in Show Low, Arizona to Douglas Bryant Brewer and Charlayne Hall Brewer. He passed away on January 7th, 2023, in Gilbert, Arizona. He was 48 years old.
Brett was raised in Snowflake, Arizona and attended Snowflake High School. Brett grew up truly having an affinity and love for sports. He excelled at nearly anything athletic, namely, baseball, football, golf, and basketball. He used his talents at a young age to assist other kids by teaching them how to work on their baseball swings. Brett was the most humble man and was never boastful about how talented he was at sports, but anyone who saw him play immediately acknowledged his talent. His hard work and dedication to athletics was recognized and rewarded at a young age. Straight out of high school, he was offered playing and scholarship opportunities to ASU, BYU, University of Colorado, Weber State, Utah State, Army, and Navy for football. Simultaneously, he was recruited by the Atlanta Braves for baseball. He chose baseball and was drafted in the 14th round to the Atlanta Braves. He got promoted to triple A in his very first season. He elected to play for the Braves for four years until his injuries and desire to focus on family forced him to stop. In 2022, Snowflake High School honored Brett and his accomplishments by retiring his high school baseball jersey.
Brett married the love of his life, Nicole Alise (Smith) Brewer, in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 15th, 1996. They moved from Snowflake to the valley in 1998. In that same year, he started his own successful property management/real estate company, which he later exited. Then, in August, 2012, he started Brewer & Stratton Property Management, along with his business partner, Damon Stratton. This partnership afforded them the opportunity to bless many lives by providing employment to several individuals, all who felt fortunate to be able to work with them. Brett and Damon grew both their business and friendship, allowing them to form a bond of love and brotherhood that will last forever.
Brett and Nicki are blessed with five children (Kadee, Marisa, Logan, Jessee, Laney), all born and raised in Arizona. Brett loved being a dad and it showed; his family was his world. That was, until he became a grandpa and spoiling his two grandsons became another top priority!
Anyone who knew Brett would find these lines from a poem written for his family after his passing apropos and fitting:
“[A man…] who would give the clothes off his back clear down to his shoes.
Then what of a man who throughout life so willingly would give,
An example to all, on exactly how the rest of us should live.
Giving of time and making memories with all he would know,
He never passed a moment or an opportunity to help someone improve and grow.”
Brett gave freely and happily of his time to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints anywhere from the toddlers to the youth. He also served in the Gilbert Arizona Temple for years and appreciated the opportunity to serve there.
More recently, Brett found himself right back at his baseball roots when he was hired by ALA Gilbert North to be the head coach for their varsity baseball team, where he had the privilege of coaching his son, Logan. In typical Brett fashion, he surrounded himself with other coaches and staff who he loved, including his sons-in-law. He loved nothing more than mentoring the boys and developing a strong personal relationship with each and every one. Brett built a successful baseball program for ALA, earning regional coach of the year in 2022. The boys gave him a plaque which read: “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” That was Brett.
Brett is survived by his wife Nicki (Smith) Brewer, their children Kadee Fusselman (Dallin), Marisa Webster (Connor), Logan, Jessee and Laney; two Grandsons, Jaxon and Braxton; his father, Douglas Brewer (Renee); siblings Charlee Haueter (Ryan) and Becky Wilson (Mark). He is preceded in death by his mother, Charlayne, and Nicki’s parents, Ronald and Rhonda Smith.
Services for Brett:
Viewing – Friday, January 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gilbert Memorial Park (2100 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297).
Funeral Services – Saturday, January 21st from 8:30 a.m. (additional viewing) with funeral services immediately following at 9:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (3580 E Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85234).
What a beautiful tribute to one amazing man. He was so loved and admire by so many. He had (and still have) the most beautiful heart. May your family find constant comfort and peace from our Heavenly Father and Jesús Christ friend. We love you all very very much 🙏🤍
Kim and I express condolences for your family. We have watched your family since you both were in high school. What good people and good lives you are living. May the Lord bring a measure of peace to you. We are so sorry for your loss.
My heart is broken for your sweet family!! There have been so many prayers on your families behalf. I did not have to know Brett to know that he has touched the lives of so many and has raised such sweet girls!! Kadee’s face truly lit up every time she talked about her dad and what a blessing it is to have such an amazing father. Me and my family send so much love during this hard time 🤍🤍
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts, and prayers. May God give you the amazing and incomprehensible peace that passes all earthly understanding. On a personal note, I was always proud to know Brett. I’m blessed to have known such a wonderful man.
I’m so very sorry for the loss of this great man! My heart breaks for those left without him here on earth but rejoices for those who are welcoming him home! Our time is short here, I hope and pray that we can touch other’s lives for the better as Brett did. What a great legacy he left for others to emulate. Prayers of comfort to you and your family. Love you all very much!
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Brett and extend our most sincere condolences! We treasure the memories of Brett as a young athlete at SHS, but even more as we watched him grow into a wonderful father, friend, coach, and servant. May you always remember the wonderful shared moments his life brought to us all!
All our love! Coach Westover and family.
I was fortunate to know Brett and spend lots of time with at a young age in grade school when he the sports hero in the high school and he was my idol. He taught me how to drive a stick shift and I felt like I was the coolest kid in town when I got to ride around town in his truck listening to music and stopping at the gas station to get a soda. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at his time. He will be missed by so many with his positive attitude and funny personality. RIP my friend.