Brian Ball loved kids, and spent most of his adult life volunteering with Westernaires in Jefferson County precisely for that reason. On June 7, Ball’s family was able to see just how much they …
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Brian Ball loved kids, and spent most of his adult life volunteering with Westernaires in Jefferson County precisely for that reason.
On June 7, Ball’s family was able to see just how much they loved him back.
Ball passed away at 47 from metastatic esophageal cancer on May 16, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has so far prevented his family and friends from being able to hold a large party to celebrate his life.
So they instead held a serpentine parade and procession through the fairgrounds, in which hundreds of people drove their vehicles through the facility to pay their respects to Ball and his family.
“This was so amazingly special,” said Brian’s mother, Judy Ball, after the procession. “I knew Brian was loved but I’ve just been stunned.”
During the parade, many held up signs thanking Brian for their contributions to their lives and stopped to greet Judy and her husband, Stephen Ball.
“We’ve been in Westernaires since 1986 and I know it’s your second family,” Stephen said. “We’ve been out here for so long and for everybody to take their Sunday to do this for Brian is mind blowing.”
Brian began with Westernaires as a participant in the program from 1986-1992 before returning later as a volunteer.
He proudly served as an instructor, mentor, Posse, Chief Instructor of Red Division. More recently, he also enjoyed experiencing Westernaires in a new capacity, parent, as his children Nickolaus and Emily rode in the program.
Brian Ball spent most of his career working for Miller-Coors and was known for his passion for life and desire to make those around him laugh.
“He was a mischievous prankster,” Stephen Ball said.
However, he will surely be best remembered for the work he did with Westernaires.
“He was a lot of fun but he did his work he didn’t pass of his work but he had fun doing it,” said Judy Ball. “He loved the kids and the kids all loved him.”
At the start of the procession, a riderless horse led the way in recognition of Brian.
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