Handsome Brother
Brett Allen Marcelis
  • 46 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 12, 1968
  • Place of birth:
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 19, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Discovery Bay, California, United States
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and of unspeakable love." ~

Brett Allen Marcelis – Age 46 passed away on September 19th, 2015 in Discovery Bay, California. He was born December 12, 1968 in Salt Lake City, Utah and later raised in Ferron Utah.

Survived by his children, Brittany Varner (Jared), Amber Myers (Nick), Maria Marcelis and Kalvin
 Marcelis; 4 grandchildren, (Mother) Barbara Lawrence and (Step-Father) Michael Lawrence; (Father) Don Marcelis and (Step Mother) Immy Marcelis; (Brothers) Troy Marcelis (Shauna), Scott Marcelis, Nathan Marcelis (Heidi), Tony Marcelis (Melissa), Wayne Marcelis (Shannon); (Sisters) Jodi Marcelis and Wendy Cox-Vetitoe (Brandon).

Brett deeply loved and cherished his children, grandchildren and family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

We will remember him forever. We miss you and know that you are in a better place. Where the is no pain. You are at peace. I understand, I just wish I could explain to my heart. There is an empty space in it that nothing will ever fill. I greive, but I know my tears are for me.


We will be together again baby brother, until then, my love will always be with you. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 29th November 2016

"There is a promise that I am holding on to. I love you Brother and miss you everyday. You still make me smile, laugh and cry."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 23rd October 2016

"Your photo sits where I can see it everyday- both home and work. Your handsome face smiling back at me- I miss you so much brother, that will never go away. I will see you again in heaven and I find solace and peace in knowing that truth. Love you to the moon and back!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 19th September 2016

"How is it possible that it has been a year already? It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about getting you home, that we saw you in California and you were laughing and drinking way to much soda. Smiling and taking pictures together. God had plans for you and as much as I miss you and tears still come like I just got the news. I know you are at peace, restored both body and mind and that you are happy and know joy that we can not understand yet, but we will, when we all are together in heaven. I need your strength little brother.

I love you to the moon and back."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 19th September 2016

"Daddy,
I've been dreading this day. One year has gone by without you. One year without seeing you, or hearing your voice, or hugging you. This has been the worst year of my life, and I would give just about anything to have one more day with you, and that may be selfish but I wasn't ready to let you go. I'm still not ready to let you go, and I don't think I ever will be. I miss you so much. The boys miss you, they ask about you all the time, and sometimes I just don't know what to tell them. I know you're looking down on us up there, but it's just not the same. Daddy, I promise you that if love could've saved you, you would have loved forever. Tears fall everyday without you here, and you will live on forever, because you will live on forever in my heart and my memory. I miss you. I miss you more than words could ever express. I love you Daddy."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 17th September 2016

"I wish that I would've tried calling you on this date a year ago, I wish I would've texted to tell you hi. I wish I would've know I'd only have two more days and I would've driven down just to see you. I miss you Daddy, so so much."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 31st August 2016

"I love you brother. I miss you so much and I wish more than anything I could just tell you one more time that I love you to the moon and back. Tears still come when I think about you being gone. I wish I could have done more for you, eased your pain, protected you and brought you home. Forgive me."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 24th July 2016

"You have to be so proud of your precious kids. The gestures to say thank you touched my heart. I love them with all heart. You did good little Brother. I miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 22nd July 2016

"I had a dream about Brett and he was standing in a open field all bright and lit up...he was standing tall,smiling, happy, and healthy, with one hand in his pocket and the other high in the sky,waving...as if he was saying thank you and goodbye.....Until we see you again.We love you!... I know this dream was from God."

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 21st July 2016

"Because of you Wendy and your love for our brother.....Because of you and all of your hard work and pain and tears, that only God truly knows your suffering...Because of you our precious brothers memory and last wishes were Honored....Because of you...Brett has entered into Gods Rest...There is not a more Beautiful gift that you could have given to him.. WE love and miss you terribly Brother. Thank You Wendy."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 1st July 2016

"We did it!! Bitter sweet day, but I know I couldn't have gotten through this without you as my guardian angel. I love you so much and my heart still breaks, and the tears still come when I think about not having you here. I miss you Brother."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 19th June 2016

"Happy Father's Day little Brother. We honor you today for the amazing Father that you have been for your precious children! Cherish you always for the love you shared. We miss you!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 19th June 2016

"I can't believe 9 months have gone by without you here, 9 months to the day in fact. So many moments have passed that I've wanted to call, send a picture, and see your face. All the firsts have been hard without you, but today is the first Father's Day and it hits a touch harder. I love you and miss you so much, and I just want you to know, that no matter where you are, I celebrate you, and I'm so grateful I got to have you as my Daddy."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 9th June 2016

"Hey Daddy. Trystin graduated preschool today. I wish you could've been there, but I know you were watching. I bet you're just as proud of him as I am. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 25th May 2016

"Hey you... Thinking about you and want you to know that I still get sad sometimes when I think about you not being here. But there happy memories are making me smile again. Your silly sense of humor. Your famous "head bite." That was original little brother. No one like you. I miss you and love you to the moon and back."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 7th May 2016

"Missing you Daddy. Tomorrow is Mother's Day and you always made me feel so special. I always looked forward to your text messages, phone calls, and sweet cards. I could always count on you. I wish I could hear your voice. I love you so much."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 7th May 2016

"Almost there Brother. This battle is almost over and want you to know that I am fighting to keep my promise to you. I love you and I miss you so much. I think about you everyday."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 24th April 2016

"Thinking of you and missing you brother, take good care of Princess. Blessed in knowing we will all be together again. I love you!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 15th April 2016

"So sad little brother.... Feels like its just to much sometimes, but like you, I'll keep on until it's time for me to see you again. I love you to the moon and back!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 19th March 2016

"Sweet Brother... I cannot believe its been six months, my heart feels heavy. I miss you and I know you are watching over me. And when something silly happens, I tell myself its you up in heaven still messing with big sister.. And it always makes me smile so thank you.

Love you Brother!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 19th March 2016

"6 months have gone by without you here daddy, I miss you so much. So many times I've picked up the phone to call you and had to stop myself and remember you can't pick up. It doesn't get easier, the pain doesn't dull, or go away. It's a constant emptiness in my heart. I wish you were here, and I hope you're resting easy up there. I love you bigger."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 14th March 2016

"I hate that the time keeps passing and you've gone longer and longer. It's selfish of me, I know but I miss you. I wish there were a window that would just allow a glimpse to see you again, happy, healthy and at peace. There hasn't been a day, not a single day that has passed that I haven't thought of you. I love you so very much."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 1st March 2016

"Brother.... I love you. And sissy has me on the phone try to help create a response to an amazing message she got... Need your help."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 17th February 2016

"Daddy I'm so excited today, I finally found the most perfect and beautiful urn for you. I've struggled all this time because I've felt nothing has been good or worthy enough to hold the best dad ever. The boys even got to add their own personal touch. I just have to pick a couple pictures and it'll be perfect. I miss you so much and love you even more!!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 17th February 2016

"I found more pictures of you Brother.  You looked so happy. We were at Mom's and your girls were just little. I miss you so much. I got to talk to all three of your beautiful girls today. Kalvin is a bit elusive or like is Dad when it comes to talking on the phone. Love you to the moon and back!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 30th January 2016

"Thinking of you as I do. Still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and share something with you. I love you."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 19th January 2016

"I had an awful day today little brother. I was so emotional and irritable and burst into tears several times today. And it wasn't until I got home that I realized its been four months after seeing Brittany's tribute. I guess I knew deep down. I see you everyday- I have your picture up on the wall at work. I sit down and there you are looking back at me, so  sweet. you look happy, the sun is shining on you. Its one of my favorite pictures. Then when I get home and sit down, there you are again! I asked you today to let me know something... If you heard me, can you tell me please? I love you so much. My heart still hurts but I smile when I see your face!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 19th January 2016

"4 months have passed without you Daddy, so many tears have fallen, so many questions unanswered, so many wishes that won't ever be filled. My heart hurts and I miss you. I love you bigger."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 13th January 2016

""Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

I read this quote today in the news and it occured to me how profound those words are. Now all I have is memories and I cherish every single one. I miss your face little brother."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 4th January 2016

"It's a New Year~ I would like to say happy, but just not there yet. I love you so much brother. You're in my thoughts every single day"

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 31st December 2015

"It's New Years Eve Daddy, and I'm kinda sad because I know I won't get that Happy New Years text from you tonight. You're on my mind, and in my heart always Daddy. Celebrate for us up there, you have the best view of the fireworks. I love you bigger."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 26th December 2015

"Merry Christmas Daddy. I made your favorite ham, and rolls. I'll send you a plate, like always. Missing you always. I love you big."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 25th December 2015

"Merry Christmas little brother.. Big Sister couldn't have said it more perfectly. You're having the best Christmas ever. We will be together again someday to celebrate. I love you to the moon and back!"

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 25th December 2015

"Thinking of you today and how you must be having the best Christmas
ever!!! You actually get to attend Jesus birthday party!! :)   i miss you so much brother but i find comfort in the fact that we get to dance on the streets of gold together someday!!:) I love you......."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 19th December 2015

"Wishing for Christmas that I could have you here. I love you."

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 12th December 2015

"Dear Brother... I hope you know, how much I truly love you. No words describe or could say, how much I miss you. You are in my heart always.. Happy Birthday!

Never forgotten... Always loved... Forever missed..."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 12th December 2015

"It's your birthday Daddy. I wish that I could spend it with you. But you're in my heart, today and everyday. I love you so so much, and I hope you're having the best celebration ever up there. Happy Birthday Daddy, I love you big."

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 12th December 2015

"It's a special day today. It's the day 47 years ago that you came into this world and blessed all who knew you. Your kind heart, your sweet spirit will never ever be forgotten. Happy Birthday Brother! We miss you beyond measure. And love you more than words could ever express."

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 11th December 2015

"I'm missing you an extra lot today Daddy. Your birthday is tomorrow, and I'm sad me and the boys can't call you like we do every year to remind you how great you are and wish we were there to have cake with you. With Christmas upon us, I don't feel like doing the things I do every year, like send Christmas cards, or wrap the presents. Because I can't send you one, or call and talk with you for the hours it takes to get the gifts under the tree. I don't want anything this year, nothing except to see you, or even talk to you one more time. Trystin was hit with the sudden understanding that you're not here anymore, and that poor baby wants you to come back, and my heart breaks when I have to tell him that you can't. Daddy this is just too hard, I miss you more than you could ever understand. I love you my angel, I hope you're resting easy."

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 29th November 2015

"listening to the song brother and thinking of you. i miss you"

This tribute was added by Patricia McNally on 24th November 2015

"I thank God for his life and his legacy. I thank God that I had the opportunity to meet and know Brett a bit. I enjoyed meeting him and getting to know him some. His leagcy lives on through his beautiful family"

This tribute was added by Kristine Mortensen on 23rd November 2015

"I will always remember your  laugh,the jokes you would tell and you never let anything or anyone get you down you will always be in my heart Bretts Prayers to your family."

This tribute was added by Maria Marcelis on 9th November 2015

"Dad.. I am missing you like crazy. I have been trying to keep myself busy so that I wouldn't have to think about the fact that you're really gone. But as I sit here with nothing to do for once in the past few weeks, I am forced to think about it and let me tell you, it is hitting me like a ton of bricks all over again. I miss you so much and I wish I could just pick up the phone and call you and you could say some smartass remark to make me laugh because God knows that's what I need right now. There's so much stuff I want to tell you about, and so much I want to catch up on.. A piece of my heart is forever missing because it is always with you dad... I love you. "Tears stream down your face when you lose something you cannot replace..""

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 6th November 2015

"Glory 2 God! i love you brother! I rejoice, celebrate, and dance with you my brother!! the victory is ours!! Hallelujah!Our God is just and faithful and He loves us with an everlasting love! Praise His Holy, Mighty name that GOD is for us and not against us!! I am with you always...:) Thank you God!"

This tribute was added by Jodi Marcelis on 6th November 2015

"Thinking about you brother and the time we were at your doc. app.your doc. said...I like you Brett, you remind me of my kids..lol :) I have always loved
that child like spirit  of yours (: I believe that is why children loved and trusted you so much they could see that beautiful tender loving heart that i miss so much..I thank God for you! I love you......"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 5th November 2015

"Will the tears ever stop? I miss you every minute of every day little brother. So sad that your not with us. I love you!"

This tribute was added by Hailey Friedman on 31st October 2015

"I just wish that we had more time together but we have eternity to do everything that we missed out on.
Love you Uncle Brett
     Love Josh"

This tribute was added by Hailey Friedman on 31st October 2015

"Brett, I miss you more than you'll ever know. I love you and I know you're in heaven dancing with the angels out of pain! I love you!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Varner on 27th October 2015

"Daddy,
It's hard to put into words the pain my heart feels without you here. And memories of you fill my mind like thousands of bright stars in the sky. I wish we had more time Dad, but I am so grateful for all that you gave, and I hope that I can do the same for your grand babies. I'll tell them stories of when we used to wash the cars on the weekends, and how you put up and took down the Christmas lights every year like clockwork, and your favorite foods, and your love for red vines and nutter butters. And how much love you had for them. And I'll continue to see little parts of you when I look and them, and I will feel you with me. Through the good and the bad daddy I know that you're here. I hope you're resting easy up there Daddy. Your wings were ready, but my heart was not. I love you."

This tribute was added by Brandon Vetitoe on 27th October 2015

"One of the things I loved about Brett was his twisted sense of humor. It didn’t matter who was around, or what the subject matter was, he always came up with a crude remark or a joke and made everyone laugh…even if it was uncomfortable for them! I dug it, whether anyone else did or not. My brotha from anotha mutha! I’ll miss you man!"

This tribute was added by Hailey Friedman on 23rd October 2015

"He always called me Monkey and had a way of making people laugh.
:-)

Hailey"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 23rd October 2015

"I wish we had more time to spend together Dad. I love you and miss you.

Kalvin Marcelis

Posted by Wendy (written Kalvin Marcelis) Celebration of Life Service"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 23rd October 2015

"It is absolutely impossible to name just one memory....
I loved it when you would sing and dance along to the radio, even though I acted embarrassed. I miss dancing with you in the living room to Bryan Adams' songs. I wish you were here to bite my head-
even though I hated it- just because I knew it meant you loved me. There are so many beautiful memories I have of you and I. And I will forever keep them in my heart.

There will never be a day that goes by that I won't be missing you.  
I love you.

-Your Little Tiny


Posted by Wendy- (written Maria Marcelis) Celebration of Life Service"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 23rd October 2015

"Brett.. You are a buddy, you are a friend, you'll always be in our hearts and to be never forgotten. I'll miss our smokes together, the beers and the jokes. You are like a brother to me and I'll really miss the late night calls.

Till we meet again Bro..



Posted by Wendy (Written by Joe DeJesus) Celebration of Life 10/1/2015"

This tribute was added by Sharon Council on 22nd October 2015

"I'd like to extend my condolence to the family.  I hope you can eventually find comfort in Jesus promise of life after death with no more suffering sickness or pain.
Please see:  John 5:28-29"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 22nd October 2015

"I always enjoyed Brett's great attitude and fun spirit. We have a lot of fond memories as kids growing up together. I will never forget Brett's laugh!!

Posted by Wendy: Written by Tony, Wayne or Nathan

(Which one of you forgot to sign)"

This tribute was added by Joshua Byerly on 20th October 2015

"I remember how my Uncle Brett would make me laugh at all his funny jokes. I loved him very much.

Love Josh"

This tribute was added by Jonathan Cox on 20th October 2015

"I think what I love about you most, is your willingness to say whatever you wanted regardless of whether people though it was appropriate or not! That congruency in your personality is something I have always respected as a kid growing up and as a man now. I see a lot if your humor styling in my personality today and I am disappointed that we don’t get to share them with each other anymore. I just hope that before my time is done that I can be as authentic as you always were. And when my time does come we will have the opportunity to have some more laughs together. I love you Uncle Brett and I hope you are at peace.

Salud~ Jonathan"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 20th October 2015

"Every memory of you takes my breath away. You always made me feel loved, even when you would bite my head to wake me up for work. Your happiness and your sadness were also mine. There is an old song that you were to young to know. I don't recall the name of it~
just a little of the lyrics, "that when I die and they ask me to recall the thrill of it all, I will tell them I remember you."

I love you sweet boy. Your Mom~

Posted by Wendy: Written by Barbara Lawrence"

This tribute was added by Wendy Cox-Vetitoe on 20th October 2015

"My angel in heaven. I wanted to know, I feel you watching over me, always. I wish you were still with us, but sadly you had to go.

God saw you were getting tired, when a cure was not to be. He wrapped his arms around you and whispered "Come with me." You didn't deserve what you went through, so God gave you needed rest. Angels are rejoicing their brother is home at last.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9)"


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