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Obituary for Brian John O'Connor

October 17, 1955 - July 27, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona | Age 62


Brian John O'Connor of Phoenix, Arizona passed away in his sleep at home in the early morning of July
27, 2018. Brian was born on October 17, 1955 in Aurora, Illinois the first son of Dr. Charles A. O'Connor
M.D. and Charlene M. O'Connor.

He graduated from the West Aurora High School in 1973 and subsequently earned a Bachelor Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. Brian then moved to Glendale, Arizona and obtained a Master's Degree from the American Graduate School of
International Management.

Upon completion of his education Brian began his career in business and specialized in public finance.
Brian worked for Walter E. Heller and Company, Boetcher and Company and Hutchinson Shockey Erley
and Company as an Investment Banker advising municipalities, public utilities and school districts
regarding their financial needs and facilitating the explosive growth of infrastructure and public
improvements throughout Arizona and the Western United States. Brian was an outspoken optimist
and proponent of the promise and future of Arizona and the West. While Arizona remained his home
he enjoyed spending time with his friends in McCall, Idaho, Newport Beach and Monterey, California.
Brian was also involved in charitable endeavors through the Phoenix Thunderbirds organization which
sponsors and promotes the Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament on the PGA tour raising
over $10 Million for Arizona charities each year. Brian worked in a variety of roles during the
tournament over his 26 year association with the Thunderbirds.

Brian was a creative and inspirational business man with investment interests in a variety of endeavors
over his long career. However, his favorite business venture was the acquisition and ownership of the
Class A Minor League Baseball team then known as the Salt Lake City Trappers. During Brian's
ownership of the team with several partners and friends, the Trappers recorded a 29 game winning
streak which remains a professional baseball record. The Trappers and their record season are
enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Brian is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister, Cathleen Kovanic (Robert) of Sugar Grove, Illinois and his brothers, Patrick O'Connor (Kathleen) of Santa Barbara California and Michael O'Connor (Mary) of Valparaiso, Indiana as well as his nieces, Laura and Carolyn Kovanic, Elizabeth Jane and Catherine O'Connor and Nephews Thomas Kovanic and Dr. Michael O'Connor M.D.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell Av., Phoenix, Arizona. A private graveside service will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Thunderbirds Charities may be made in Brian's memory.

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