Huntsville. Brett Lynnwood Wangsgard passed away March 4, 2018, doing what he loved, working in his shop. He was born December 9, 1949, to Samuel Lynnwood and Mildred Masters Wangsgard. Brett defied his pediatrician’s predictions, living beyond his first two years to enjoy a robust childhood and a full and meaningful life.
From an early age, Brett was enthralled with building and fixing things. Sand pile projects became elaborate displays of farms, bridges and roadways, and equipment repair facilities. His love of construction and large equipment led him to a career as plant manager for Fife Rock Products and as a superintendent for Post Asphalt and Paving. He was driven to work hard and complete projects with perfection.
Brett attended Weber County Schools, graduated from Weber High School, and attended Weber State College. He was active in Future Farmers of America and won the Kiwanis “Farmstead Improvement Award.” He was happiest during his teenage years pulling a three-bottom plow with seagulls circling and the smell of spring in the air.
Brett married Wendy Anderson, April 28, 1972. They made their home on the family farm in Huntsville where they reared two children, Cody (Julie) Wangsgard and Heather (Steve) Winchester. He was the proud grandfather of four: Kendall, Garrett, and Colter Wangsgard, and Coy Winchester. Brett was excited about a new little Winchester to be born in August.
Brett relished storytelling and engaged listeners of all ages with his tales, most of which were true, some of which were designed to entertain and test the naivety of his audience. He loved to laugh.
Next to his family, his dogs were the greatest joy in his life. Like the grandkids, they got away with everything. As he got older and construction injuries and other infirmaries made it more difficult for him to be outdoors, his dogs were a connection to the natural world. He had a reverence for nature, which he found healing and sustaining.
Brett was preceded in death by his parents, and his dog and best friend, Brewskii. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren; sister, Lynnda; brothers Kelly (Joan) and Curt; and his two dogs, Schnoppers and Tikii.
According to his wishes, Brett’s remains were cremated so he can again mingle with the natural world. His life will be celebrated during a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given in Brett’s honor to Primary Children’s Hospital, the Weber County Animal shelter, or another charity of your choice.