Brett Austin Hall, born July 23, 1996, in Eureka to Brenda and Richard Hall, passed away peacefully in San Francisco surrounded by the love of his mom, dad, bonus mom Kris and sister Kacie on June 12, 2022. Brett was 25 when he passed after a lengthy battle to breath, a complication of the chemotherapy he was given to prevent the return of his cancer. It instead, robbed him and us of his life.

Brett had many family roots in Humboldt County and had made Rio Dell his home and where he lived with his two children at the time of his death. Throughout his young life Brett spent time and developed many friendships throughout California, but his love for Trinity County and the family cabin in Ruth was one of his very favorite places to be and where he will forever remain. Brett was challenged as a young man with many health issues, we his family were always amazed at how he took them, fought bravely, and overcame them. He wanted to be in this life for his family.

Brett had many things he had expressed were important to him, but in the last few months and weeks of his life he felt clarity on what in life was really important, being there for and building a life for his children, Robert and Ashlynn. Being a dad was natural for Brett, these two were his pride and joy, his everything. Most weekends, you would find him with his kids, whether they were enjoying family BBQ’s or pool parties, swimming, fishing or kayaking at the river, riding any number of ATV’s, spending time at the lake and giving the kiddos rides on his Sea Doo or simply spending time at the family cabin in Ruth, he felt at home and at peace doing these things. He was always teaching his kids about his love of hunting, fishing, running equipment, trucks and just being in the country. Brett was proud that he worked for Caltrans, at the time of his passing he was an equipment operator in Leggett, he enjoyed the people he worked with and considered them true friends.

This last November, after he was diagnosed with cancer, he was blessed to be able to take a hunting trip of a lifetime to Colorado with his dad Rich, uncle Rick and cousins Luke and Tommy. On opening day, he bagged a big 4X4 bull elk. He was in heaven for months.

Brett is survived by his children Robert and Ashlynn, his mom Brenda, his dad Richard and bonus mom Kris, his grandparents; Emma, Terry and Walter, his siblings; Kacie, Ashley, Tiffany and Cody, and bonus- siblings Ryan and Chelsea and all their spouses. He was blessed with 16 nieces and nephews many of which he had close relationships with and who helped make his life full. He wouldn’t want us to forget his extended family and the many special friends that made him feel complete.

Brett was preceded in death by his grandparents Ruth and Tony Hall and nephew Caleb Blake.

Life for all of us will never be the same without Brett, while we grieve him, we are choosing to honor him and celebrate his life on what would have been his 26th birthday. We invite all that knew Brett to join the family July 23 rd at 3:00 PM at the Rio Dell Fire Hall to celebrate his life. We encourage you to wear camo if you have it and bring a side dish if you’d like.


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