Brett Duane Davis

Brett Davis, 33 passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Brett brought innumerable people joy and laughter during his lifetime. A native son of Lawrence, he graduated from Lawrence High School in 2005 and continued his secondary education at JCCC to become a Fireman/Paramedic. He was deeply committed to the love of his life Casey and their dog Max. Brett loved helping people and making them laugh.

Brett is survived by, Casey Engleken of the home; his parents Sheryl and Don Burggraf of Lawrence, Mark and Angela Davis of Gladstone, Missouri; his brother and sister-in-law Mark and Sarah Davis and nieces Ellie and Katherine; his sister and brother-in-law Katy and Caden Locke all of Lawrence, Kansas; his maternal grandmother Shirley Hammeke of Ellinwood, Kansas; and his paternal grandparents Ron and Janice Davis of Camdenton, Missouri; grandmother Elnora Burggraf of Lawrence, Kansas and Helen Lyons of Gladstone, Missouri and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to JCCC Paramedic MICT Education Scholarship and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

40 Condolences

  1. Duane Wyatt on January 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Deeply saddened by Brett’s passing. I will always remember that smile. RIP my young friend. Prayers for his friends and family.

  2. Jessica Kirk on January 24, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. He was a kind and gentle soul.

  3. Brandon Wiggins on January 24, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    So deeply saddened to hear of Brett’s passing gone way to soon all my love and prayers go out to Casey and his family. Rest easy brother.

  4. JOSE ALVARADO on January 24, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I am deeply shocked of his departure but paramedics are also needed in heaven even tho so sad to see a good friend get wings, a very easy fellow to get along with will never forget his big smile and good vibes he brought to work…….

  5. Jim Schoepf on January 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I always enjoyed coming to work and seeing Brett. He always had a quick smile for you and truly was one of the good guys. I offer my condolences to his loved ones and hope they may find peace.

  6. Rebecca McGovern on January 24, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Sherry I am so Rory to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of all the kids playing together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kenny and Beckie McGovern

  7. Jennie Weller on January 24, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    He has truly touched so many people with his kind, hard working nature just by working along side them. It takes such a special person to impact so many lives like he has done. We will all greatly miss the laughs and great times he brought with him. My deepest sympathy for his family in this trying time.

  8. Denise Rogers on January 24, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Brett was a great friend and co-worker. He made everyone smile and laugh. He was patient, kind and thoughtful and a joy to be around. He will definitely be missed by many.

    Fly High my friend…

  9. Larry and Debby on January 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Larry and I are very sad to hear about your loss. Our love and prayers always.

  10. Steve and Kimber Wright on January 24, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Asking God to give all the family comfort during this time of deep sadness. Sorry for your loss, Katy and Caden

  11. Phyllis Barnhardt on January 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    May my prayers comfort your family and yourself.
    The lord showed
    him home. Phyllis Barnhatdt

  12. Blake Elder on January 25, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Brett and I met while attending JCCC, where we took every fire science course and went through paramedic school together. We commuted from Lawrence together, spending countless hours in the car. We remained close friends after school and worked at a plasma donation center together for a short time. Brett was with me the night I met my wife and it was his suggestion to go to the bar where it occurred, our first official date was shooting pool with him a week later. He was so adamant about attending our wedding he rode from Lawrence to Madison with my fire crew, essentially a group of strangers. He had an undeniable charm and was constantly making me laugh. I loved being around him and I will miss him greatly.

  13. Bailey Bandle-Sayed on January 25, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Brett was such a great co-worker. I will always remember joking around with him. He had a way of brightening people’s day. I am blessed I got to work with him. He was a great man and will be deeply missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

  14. Cara Breeden McDonald on January 25, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I have many fond memories with Brett. He saw the good in me and taught me not to take things too seriously — he could always make me laugh. I hadn’t seen or talked to him in years, but he had a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  15. Ted McFarlane on January 25, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I am devastated hearing this news., My son and Brett were friends, and I had the privilege of giving him his first paramedic opportunity at JoCo MED-ACT. He was a good paramedic and a better person, my sincere condolences to his family and friends, retired Chief Ted McFarlane

  16. Phil Villa on January 25, 2020 at 10:59 am

    My Dude, I remember when you fell off the ladder and broke your coccyx, I called and said I would take your shifts at work so you wouldn’t have to worry about covering your days as you healed. Even when you were face down in that hospital bed you still wanted to ” reimburse ” me for switching my weekend with my daughter, you said you “felt bad” about it. That’s the great guy your will be remembered as, a guy who just broke his tailbone but was still worried about his friends.
    Love you Broj,

  17. Ralph and Dianne Renfro on January 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Prayers going out to Mark, Cheri, Ron and Janice, Shirley and the entire Davis and Ingram families. God be with you!

  18. Justin Couture on January 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I enjoyed my time working with Brett and can only echo the sentiments of others. He was undoubtedly one of the most upbeat and contagiously lighthearted individuals I have had the opportunity to work alongside. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this trying time.

  19. Heather Whitten Erickson on January 25, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    You have lost someone very special. I have so many fond memories with Brett and his family. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers during this impossible time.

  20. Jane Turner on January 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Praying your tears to turn into sweet memories, for a loved one taken way to young! Praying for you Keith, and Kim and your whole family.
    Jane Turner

  21. Kelli Marden on January 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Once upon a time Brett was my best friend in the world. While life drifted us apart, he never stopped checking in and making sure that I knew he was there if I needed him. His charisma and humor drew people in, but his sincerity and thoughtfulness kept them near. I have so many amazing memories that I will keep with me until my last breath. My heart goes out to Casey and his family. I am so deeply sorry for your incredible loss.
    Love ya forever Brett!

  22. Lenny & Donna Gales on January 25, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    We offer our deepest sympathy to your family. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Denise Locklin on January 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    It saddens me to read this. Brett was a great person and friend. We had some great times and lots of laughs while working at Jefferson County. RIP my friend

  24. Tyler Tullis on January 25, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Brett was such a joy to be around, nothing ever seemed to get him down and he always had the most clever jokes and insight. I had the privilege to know and work with Brett at both Med-Act and Vince & Associates and I remember thinking it’d be a great day when I would see him scheduled on days I also worked. This really is heartbreaking. My most sincere condolences to Casey, his family, and those most affected by his absence. Rest in peace buddy.

  25. Michelle Braithwait on January 25, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Brett was such a joy to be around at work , he was always smiling and so upbeat! There was never a dull moment when he was around. He will definitely be missed. My thought and prayers go out to Casey and his family.
    RIP my friend

  26. Fallon Collene on January 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Brett had more wit and charm than anyone I have ever met, or probably will ever meet. He was a great friend to everyone he crossed paths with and was an absolute blast to hangout with. I’m going to miss our serious talks, silly banter and late nights playing blackjack. Brett’s passing has left a lot of heavy hearts and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone hurting, especially his family.

  27. Debbie Rogers on January 25, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Don and Sheryl I’m so sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. My prayers will be with your family during this difficult time.

    Debbie Rogers

  28. Leslie and Lillian S. on January 26, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Bretts family, may you all find the peace that you seek. And to our good work pal, we will miss you, thank you for the great memories, Good laughs and all your help. We will always keep you in our hearts. Rest well Brett.

  29. Chris Angell on January 26, 2020 at 10:25 am

    What can I say, Brett you were always a light in the dark, If I was having a ruff day you were there with that smile. To Casey and Brett’s family my heart breaks for you, I know the pain you feel and I pray for you all that time will lessen the anguish you are experiencing. Lots of love, miss your face and that unforgettable smile!

  30. Jennifer Lausch on January 26, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Angela expressed how much laughter Brett brought to all of your lives. My sincerest condolences.

  31. Laura Bundy (Lynn) on January 26, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    When we were little there was a couple summers spent in Kansas that we were able to spend time and have such carefree times. He was probably 7 or 8. Such a sweet kid and he sure did make us laugh. Such an amazing personality at even such a young age. I can only imagine the man he became and the lives he touched along the way. Praying that God gives those closest to him the strength, courage and wisdom through this time of loss. Rest In Peace sweet cousin.

  32. Betty Currie on January 27, 2020 at 4:42 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family, friends and loved ones of Brett. May God wrap his loving arms around you and provide you with comfort and peace as you grieve the loss of Brett on this earth. We are extremely saddened for all of you, words are not enough to express the empathy that is held in our hearts for each of you. Praying for comfort, strength and understanding as you grieve. Mark and Betty Currie

  33. Teonna Wesley on January 27, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Brett was truly a standout individual. His smile and infectious laughter could always brighten anyone’s day. His friendship, support and caring heart will be missed and a mark forever left on my heart. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Teonna W.

  34. Victor Broerman on January 27, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    There isn’t much else I can add that hasn’t already been said. You were an extremely hard working individual working overnights on the truck only to come in and work a 12 hr shift in the clinic. Not many people exhibit your work ethic. Even in your sleep deprived state you never missed a beat when it came to clever yet wildly inappropriate jokes. I’m deeply sorry for your family’s loss and I’m also sorry I didn’t get to see you troll the techs when you spoke Spanish to them. Rest easy brother.

  35. Linda and. Myrl Helton on January 27, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Sherry, You and your entire family are in our families prayers. God Bless you all

  36. Heather M. Barnes on January 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I met Brett as a coworker and he turned out to be a great friend ! Brett was hilarious , I am going to miss that humor . Brett was also kind and caring . There will never be anyone like him or anyone to compare to him . He will be missed very much by many people . I am thankful for the time I was allowed with him . I know you are up there keeping everyone entertained as you did down here . Rest easy friend you touched many people in your time here .

  37. Sally Franks on January 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Brett was an amazing person. I met him while working at the plasma center. There aren’t enough words to describe how great of a person he was. I will miss him so much. I’m so sorry for his family and friends.
    -Sally Franks

  38. Clinton E. Akerberg on January 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I remember Brett as incredibly jovial and light hearted. It was always a treat to be in his presence for his smile was contagious. RIP my friend

  39. Rachel Vanzant on January 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    You and Brett’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that I got to meet Brett at the Chiefs game a few years back. I could tell how much you meant to each other. His time on earth has been cut short but from reading the messages, he touched many lives. Lean on your faith; God suffers with us but he is strong.

  40. Carmen Lathrop on February 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Sherry and Don please know you are in my prayers. I’m so very sorry for your great loss. May you and your family and Casey feel God’s comfort and presence through the coming days.

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