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Brian L. West

January 13, 1955 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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Brian West Obituary

Brian L. West, retired periodontist with practices in Durango, Farmington, and Denver, died at home on January 7, 2024, in Peoria, Arizona, where he and Nancy West, his wife of 23 years, reside during the winters. He was released several days earlier from a hospital after combating a systemic infection. As people who know Brian will attest, he was relentlessly restless, and sitting in a hospital was a special kind of torment. He was so happy to be comfortably at home again, watching the sunset over the Twin Buttes Wash with family while the courtyard and hillside beyond lit up with evening lights. Brian was a Four Corners area native, born in Cortez, Colorado to Twila (Pritchett) and ML West, but the family moved often throughout his childhood to distant corners of the United States as well as to Veracruz, Mexico. That lifestyle encouraged Brian’s search for constant stimulation. Although he was
often the new kid across many schools, Brian made friends quickly, aided by an irresistible infectious laugh that was one of his loveliest life-long traits. He also had kind eyes, a soft soul and never hesitated to give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a unique, humble and generous spirit that will be sorely missed. His need to always be “doing something” enriched Brian’s life in many ways, leading him to take up and excel at divergent interests beyond his professional practice. Among his talents: He was an excellent golfer, a consummate wine collector, a creative glass and jewelry artist, and a fabulous grill master. Brian loved catching crawfish with the kids and feasting on a Louisiana style boil amidst love and laughter. He was an eclectic collector of pinball machines and the occasional but rarely used motorcycle, RV or houseboat. He was a decent handyman around the house, preferring to keep busy doing the work himself rather than hiring it out. He took up fly fishing for a while, probably to keep his dad company (and who also cycled through frequent hobbies). Most of all, Brian loved traveling and experiencing many corners of the globe with Nancy. Professionally Brian brought a new level of oral care options and treatment to the region. He excelled at his craft, routinely exceeding expectations and developing lasting relationships with his
patients. As an avid member and leader among many professional organizations, dental providers around the state sought his guidance and expertise in treating patients. He truly loved interacting with employees, patients and colleagues alike, frequently donating his time and energy for the good of his patients. He retired from professional practice in 2019 to enjoy spending time with his family. Brian’s unexpected departure leaves a big hole in many, many lives. In addition to Nancy, he will be sorely missed by their daughters, Courtney Babcock, Chelsea Hayes, Megan West and Leslie Benson; grandchildren Logan and Chandler Sanborn, Hayden and Ike Butler, Ayden Underwood, and Owen and Taylor Babcock; his sister Rhonda West; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Brian actively supported organizations that support and sustain current and disabled veterans and would appreciate donations in his honor. The family will hold services in Durango summer of 2024.

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