Thank you to the Punahou74 classmates who represented us at Brian’s service. From what they related, it was a heartfelt occasion.
Brian Donald Chinn, 57, of Pleasanton, Calif., an information technology manager, died in Palo Alto, Calif. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Eleanor; sons Michael, Jared and Griffin; mother Esther L.; brothers R. Alan and J. Douglas; and sister Diane J. Services to be held in Pleasanton. No flowers. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 10, 2014)
When you have someone who dies at a relatively young age after coaching hundreds of youth and umpiring others through game after game it is not surprising that their funeral is well attended. Such was the case with Brian Chinn and his April 12 funeral.
As quoted in the Pleasanton Weekly, a fellow coach said that Brian was “one of those rare individuals that gave of his time, all the time to help the kids of Pleasanton have a coach and learn about sportsmanship and sports.”
The report also noted that he would have carnations ready for all he coached to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day. Shows you the thoughtful kind of guy he was.
Roy Alan Chinn sent along this note about his brother(s):
After graduating from Punahou in 1974 Bruce and Brian attended Cal State University at Hayward where they played on the baseball team for two years. They then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley and both graduated with degrees in computer science. Brian lived in Oakland, Montclair, and in Pleasanton. He was very active with youth baseball leagues. He worked for Clorox, Wind River, California Dental Service, and other companies in information technology. He was married and has three sons. He enjoyed tennis, skiing, cycling, and camping with his family, relatives, and friends.
Two classmates forwarded reports regarding the service. Rather than rewrite or summarize what they said, I thought it best that you hear directly from them.
From Maile Mobberly Williams:
I went to the funeral with my brother, Steve, class of ’75.
It was a beautiful service. It was obvious that Brian gave SO much to his community and he is dearly loved by his family and friends. His passion for baseball stayed with him from Punahou all of the way through his life. He was umpiring a little league game the afternoon before he died.
He has three incredible sons who all spoke at the funeral which is an amazing accomplishment. Two nieces (Bruce’s daughter, Amy, and Blair Chinn) also spoke. Vernon Yee was a pallbearer and also spoke at the funeral. Yuri Wellington drove up from southern California to attend the service.
My brother and I were so glad we were able to see Mrs. Chinn, family members, and Punahou classmates. We left the service feeling so very appreciative that we knew Brian. What an amazing person he was!
From Yuriko Wellington:
This morning’s service was standing room only. I got there just at 10:00 and couldn’t even get into the church! There were several dozen of us standing outside: a testament to how much Brian was loved and respected! Our class was well represented: Vernon Yee was one of the speakers and Maile Mobberly was there with her brother Steve. Afterwards we all got a chance to catch up a bit and reminisce. Vernon had some photos take of us. He mentioned that Brian had planned to attend the reunion in June and had already bought his tickets.
A life well lived. RIP Brian Chinn.