It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Calvin Hooker, 50, who died from injuries sustained in a tragic head-on boating accident on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Brian was born on December 5, 1967 and was a resident of New Smyrna Beach all his life. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor’s in Aviation Computer Science and received his Master’s in Distributed Systems.
Brian leaves behind his loving wife BJ Hooker, his daughter Amanda and husband Dean and granddaughters Madison, Amelia and Zoey, his sons Sean and Josh, brothers Mark and wife Denise, Steve and wife Alicia. Brian was embraced as a brother, son, and uncle to B.J.’s family as well as being long-time friends with Bruce Hardee from childhood, CJ Davis, Jim Leondyke, and Bryan Prillaman.
Brian had a gift of making everyone around him feel comfortable. He was kind, generous, hard-working, and cared deeply for others. Brian was extremely talented at problem-solving and enjoyed deep and complex discussions with his wife and co-workers. Respected and valued, Brian played a critical role on the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) software maintenance team at Lockheed Martin, sub-contracting for ITI, Inc.
Brian had a strong faith and was an active member at Atlantic Coast Church. He enjoyed singing worship music and playing the guitar with his wife during morning devotions.
Brian was an impressive golfer, expert fisherman, and confidently held the anchor position on his bowling team. Other favorite hobbies included wildlife photography, traveling, and remodeling their home in New Smyrna Beach. These were all enjoyed alongside his loving wife, best friend, partner, and teammate Beeg.
Brian made this world a better place for all of us, and we are blessed and thankful to have had him in our lives.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you
also may be where I am.” John 14:3
A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held Sunday 2:00 - 10:00 p.m. September 30, 2018 at the Brannon Civic Center in New Smyrna Beach. Please RSVP via on-line condolences at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com and please provide contact information.