Brian Joseph Hall

Brian Joseph Hall, 28, died Feb. 9, 2012,in Ashland. He was born Aug. 6, 1983, in Landstuhl, Germany, to John and Marsha Hall.

Brian attended Carson High School in Carson City, Nev., where he met his sweetheart, Kathleen Mateas. They were married in 2006 and lived in Ashland while they attended Southern Oregon University and earned their Masters of Education degrees.

At the time of his passing. Brian was president of the Eagle Point Education Association and a well-loved teacher at White Mountain Middle School, in White City, where he taught with humor. He was not afraid to do something unconventional for the sake of a memorable learning experience (as an example, wearing a judge’s wig to conduct grammar “court”).

Brian was an incredible writer with an unmistakable voice and biting wit. He hated nothing more than people taking themselves too seriously, so it’s in this spirit that the following is presented:

Top 5 things not overheard at Brian Hall’s memorial service
• Go Beavers!
• I remember when Brian was training for the Olympics.
• Come on, guys. Keep it clean.
• With special guest, Justin Bieber.
• Yuck, more cheese?

Top 5 things overheard at the memorial service:
• He was simultaneously the most sarcastic and the most tender-hearted person I’ve ever known.
• Brian looked like the love child of Seth Rogen and Santa Claus.
• Brian wasn’t happy with the status quo. He taught us new ways to love each other.
• ”We should be unusually kind to one another.” Kurt Vonnegut.
• I will miss him every day but I know that I’ll see him again some day.

Brian is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mateas-Hall; parents, John and Marsha Hall; brothers, Alex and Jonathan and  sister, Angie Hall Anderson, and scores of friends.

Donations may be sent to the Brian J. Hall Memorial fund, at Wells Fargo Bank. The fund will benefit McSweeney’s Writing School. Please reference account number 5689251840.

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