Brett LaRose

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Brett Joseph LaRose, 26, of Perryville died Monday, June 7, 2010, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following injuries suffered in a tragic motorcycle accident. LaRose lived with his beloved fiancee, Stacie Collier, in Spanaway, Wash.

Brett's mother, Lisa Kay LaRose, preceded him in death in 2006 while awaiting a lung transplant. LaRose was an organ donor. As a result of his generous forethought, Brett's heart, liver, kidney, corneas and tissues were donated to people awaiting life-saving transplants. Brett's lungs were not transplantable due to injuries suffered in the accident.

LaRose was a military veteran. He served with the U.S. Army including a tour of duty in the Iraq war.

Brett was an employee of O'Reilly Auto Parts Co., working in a regional distribution center in the Tacoma, Wash., area. He recently began a management-training program with his employer in the hopes of running his own store some day.

June 10, 2010, the day after Brett's transplant operations, a roadside memorial service was held and attended by more than 100 people. The Washington memorial service, held at Mount Rainier, took place at the scene of the accident to honor Brett's passion for his racing bike and the great outdoors.

Friends and family from Washington, Missouri and Florida surrounded Brett at the hospital as his young life came to an end.

Brett was a Perryville High School graduate of the class of 2003.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Young and Sons Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. Brett will be laid to rest in Home Cemetery, beside his loving mother.

Brett's zeal and passion for life continues as his donations of organs carry on in the lives of many others. The family of Brett strongly encourages others who wish to also donate organs to do so.