Brian Peck Memorial Fund

Make a donation to Brian’s memorial fund HERE.


Karen Peck lovingly tells us about her son Brian:

“Brian is our precious, brilliant, selfless, and humble 20 year old son, who was passionate about family, friends, learning, music and his faith. He was  incredibly ambitious, an absolute joy to be with, and brought a sense of comfort to many. Brian was an amazing son, friend, listener, and mentor. We are incredibly proud of the man he was.

Brian had a great sense of humor, awkward funny dance moves, and brought people together. He shared his gifts with deep love and kindness. Brian would often take his guitar out and play, but only when begged to do so by others. He was not boastful. Brian had a quiet and humble inner confidence and knew he was blessed by God. He once texted, “God & I are best buds, he knows I’m fortunate”.

Anyone who knew Brian lost a precious soul in their lives.

Brian was a junior and on the dean’s honor list at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Biomedical engineering and computer science. He 💯 % loved his college experience; never missing a football game with friends. Brian formed an amazing 2nd family away from home at Wisconsin. We are comforted knowing he was the happiest he’d ever been in his life, recently learning that he landed his top pick as a biomedical engineering intern at Medtronic, working in the cardiac rhythm and heart failure division, of all places.

Just a normal day in the life of a college student during exam week, Brian was in his apartment all day studying on and off for a test. He had been complaining of what he thought was an abscessed tooth for “about 1.5 days mom”. He had one more final exam to take, but it got very painful, and he called home complaining it was getting worse. (Brian wasn’t a complainer).

I called his doctor to see if I could get him an antibiotic to help until he got home. They rightfully refused, not being able to evaluate him being 2.5 hours away. I urged Brian to go to the immediate care if it was that bad, but he thought it could wait. I urged him to call his doctor. Brian’s last 3 phone calls on his cell phone were to his doctor here at home. His roommate was studying in the next room, and found Brian sitting up in his chair, already gone. It had been a couple hours since he was last seen acting normally, except for the tooth pain. They found nothing wrong with the tooth or with Brian.

Brian’s goal in life was to find a career that would “improve the quality of life for others”. He always took the time to listen to others and make them feel like they mattered. Our lives are forever shattered to pieces. We think about him all day, every day. It’s still hard to believe he’s not going to walk through the door from school with a big  smile on his face, dragging in his pile of dirty laundry. He always ended the day saying or texting  “I love you”. Brian’s best friend and brother Colin is a senior at Providence Catholic and was accepted into the computer engineering program at The University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall, and wants nothing more than to continue on what Brian was not able to finish. Last summer we secretly recorded Brian playing Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” on the guitar, and it has become our motto for moving forward.”


Make a donation to Brian’s memorial fund HERE.