|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1947|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2012|
Brian Richard Nunn, 65, Bloomington, went to be with our Lord at 4:40 a.m. Feb. 25, 2012, at Bloomington Health Care Center, Bloomington, with his fiancee and best friend of 21 years, Cherie Valentine, by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Brian was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Sacramento, Calif., son of Jack and Margaret Ellsworth Nunn. He is survived by his fiancee, Cherie Valentine, Bloomington; brothers, Clyde Nunn, Carmichael, Calif., and Jeffrey Nunn, Mount Angel, Ore.; aunts, Nancy Nunn Sadler, Auburn, Calif., and Carol Nunn, Sacramento, Calif. and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Clyde and Ruth Fabiano Nunn and William and Teckla Jackson Ellsworth.
He leaves his faithful and loving canine friend, Sadie, and his feline friends, Figaro, Schubert, Wolfgang and Isis. He also leaves behind his best friend, Steve Gossard, with Milner Library's Special Circus Collection.
Brian was a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1964 to 1967 in Vietnam and Japan. He refueled aircraft carriers and was a cook during his service, and went on to be a chef in many restaurants on the West Coast. He was accomplished at horseshoeing on the West Coast and in the circus industry.
Brian worked with the elephants on Circus Vargas and Shrine circuses throughout the country. He was Miss Flora's (African elephant) personal caregiver on Circus Flora. He loved to tell about his experiences with all of the elephants that were in his care.
He also worked concessions on many circuses, including Great American Circus, and enjoyed running into the circus tent to sell a board of cotton candy quickly and running out to get another one to sell.
He wrote many popular articles for Cherie's circus publication, Back Yard, about his experiences with animals and circus people. He loved going to Milner Library's Special Circus Collection and putting names with unidentified circus photos. Brian enjoyed reading and going to the book sales in town. He was very inquisitive and loved learning new things. He recently purchased a Nook, with which his friend Steve was helping him.
He loved music, especially the guitar, which he taught himself to play. He was very interested in blues and jazz. Brian was a supporter of WILL-TV (PBS) and WGLT, ISU's blues and jazz radio station. He also loved collecting watches, especially pocket watches.
"I've spent cool, spring nights sleeping next to, sometimes underneath, an elephant baby, in between two adults, mom and aunts, with dear old dad standing guard, a 10,000-pound breeding male elephant," Brian wrote. "Let me tell you, folks, it doesn't get any better than that! God bless elephants and their kind. I hope I have done a good job."
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes at home of fiancee
Maintained by: Cherie Valentine
Originally Created by: Sheilie Carroll-Altieri
Record added: Mar 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86464755