Brian Lynn Haas


Brian Lynn Haas, 76, of Sunnyside passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Sunnyside.

He saw the world in a sprig of grass. An eternity in a sunset.

Brian was born Jan. 26, 1937 in Lewistown, Mont., but was a lifelong resident of Sunnyside.

Brian is reunited with his devoted and beloved parents, Herb and Bernice Haas.

He was an engineer by education and a farmer for life.

Brian graduated in 1954 from Sunnyside High, and in 1958 from the University of Washington as an engineer. He was a Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity brother.

Engineering took him to further his studies, and work in Sweden and Ireland. His agricultural life took him to China and Russia.

After working for Boeing in the 1970s, he returned to Sunnyside, where he farmed asparagus.

Brian loved to watch things grow. He loved to debate ideas, as much as he enjoyed the outcome of fixing something with the concept in his head, and the tool in his hand.

He was a man of passion, a proud American and a loyal member of the Republican Party.

He enjoyed sharing his life lessons along the way with a friendly handshake, and hearty laugh. Few who shared them will ever forget his genuine hugs and how he enjoyed people.

God seemed to have entered Brian’s life just as he needed Him. He lived by himself yet he wasn’t alone. Not with God, his family, and with his right-hand man, Guadalupe “Lupé” Mejia, ever-faithfully by his side for more than 30 years.

Brian is survived by his sister, Carole Ellison; niece, Nicole La Follette; niece and nephew, Eva and Jon La Follette; and great-nieces, Meghan and Emily Mulka,, all of Kirkland; many cousins throughout the U.S. and Germany; his cherished “Mexican Brother”, Lupé Mejia, his family; and his dear community in Sunnyside.

He will be greatly missed as we send him into the arms of the Lord in a field of grass much more lush than could be reaped here on Earth.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, from 4 to 8:00 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Brian’s memory may contribute to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

If you would like to sign Brian’s on-line memorial book you may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.

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