Meinzer, Britt Venson

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September 16, 1977 - November 3, 2018

Meinzer, Britt Venson

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Britt Venson Meinzer, 41, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Rising Star, Texas.  He was anxiously awaiting a morning deer hunt.  He was born September 16, 1977, in Ft. Worth, Texas to Hoie and Louise Meinzer.  He graduated from Carrollton Christian Academy in 1996.  In 1997 he joined the Marine Corps and earned the rank of Sergeant. He left the Marine Corps in 2002.

After leaving the Marine Corps he returned to Carrollton to pursue a career in home construction.  He later moved to Tuscola, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Brandee Hart and her two sons, Hayden and Gavin.  They had planned to marry on December 30, 2018.  Britt was a member of Elm Creek Community Church in Tuscola.

Britt was preceded in death by his father, Hoie.  He is survived by his fiancée, Brandee, future stepsons, Hayden and Gavin, mother, Louise, sister and brother-in-law, Kyra and Jeff Atchison, nephew, Pierce and niece, Rachel, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Britt Meinzer was an outstanding United States Marine who faithfully and honorably served our great nation.  Britt had his sights set on exiting the USMC in 2001 to return home to his family and friends in Texas when 9/11 fell upon our great nation.  Without hesitation or pause, Britt selflessly elected to extend his Marine Corps enlistment obligation to deploy with his F/A-18 Hornet squadron, VMFA-251 Thunderbolts, on the 1st aircraft carrier deployment aboard the USS Roosevelt (CVN 71) following the attacks of 9/11.  That USS Roosevelt aircraft carrier deployment was 189 days long, with 159 consecutive days at sea without a port call, setting a new record for consecutive days at sea for a US Navy ship.  Britt had told loved ones the squadron was informed it would be a deployment with a lack of port calls.  Knowing a very difficult deployment was precisely what he was volunteering for illustrated Britt’s selflessness and dedication to doing what he believed in.  Not only was Britt an outstanding United States Marine, he was an even better family member and friend; his selflessness and heart of gold were testaments to how he lived his life and what kind of man he was to loved ones.  Britt’s eyes were shiny and full of life, his smile was charismatic, and he had a belly busting laugh that could make any crowd join him in tears of laughter. –Jason Bohager

Britt’s family will be receiving friends and family for visitation on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Valwood Park Baptist Church, 2727 Valwood Pkwy, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10:30 am at Valwood Park Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Hays officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211 where Britt will be laid to rest with his fellow veterans with military honors at 2:15 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to: Elm Valley Community Church, 142 CR 675, Tuscola, TX  79562.

Pallbearers are Pierce Atchison, Hayden Hart, Gavin Hart, Jared Hays, Chad Melara, Ronnie Miller, Jason Bohager and Lane Conner.

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Simon Peterson

November 13, 2018 5:29PM

Britt and I were good friends during our time in the service. Even though we lost touch over the years, when reflecting back on our time together, I remember a great guy that was full of life and was always up for that next adventure. He wore a permanent smile, never ran out of pranks, and had this weird infatuation with that black Chevy Z71.. (lol.. it was a beautiful truck and he knew it)... I know things are tough right now, but you can rest easy knowing that Britt made an impact on everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. My condolences to his family, friends, and the brothers that he served with. Semper Fidelis!!

Richard Gorman

November 12, 2018 6:18PM

I was deeply saddened to hear of Britt’s passing. He will be sorely missed. I am sorry that I cannot make it to the funeral, so I must offer my most sincere sympathies here.

BJ Chambers

November 10, 2018 10:46PM

Louise, I'm so very sorry for your loss. He's with his dad and God now waitin' on the rest of the family.

The Phelps Family

November 10, 2018 9:29PM

Brandee, we are so sorry for your loss and for the boys’ loss. Although we didn’t know Britt, anyone who loves you well has to be worth knowing. We are so sorry for your heartache. Hope deferred. All we can say is you are in our prayers and God is still sovereign and He loves you so very much. Britt was lucky to have known and loved you and we have no doubt he was a happy man at the end of his life.

Stacey Bohager Shaffer

November 10, 2018 4:22PM

Knowing you have been embraced with loving arms into the Heavenly kingdom, you will be dearly missed by so many you've left behind. Thank you for your service to our country,and for being a true friend to my brother and our family. Until we meet again, someday.
To your family, we are praying you find peace during this time. God bless!

Matthew Stephenson

November 10, 2018 3:59PM

It’s been many years and I hate our friendship grew so far apart after leaving the Marines. I take the blame for that. Regardless, I know you’ll truly be missed by all. Rest in peace and rise in glory, brother...Semoer Fi

Tammy, Gavin and Hunter Gibson

November 10, 2018 10:58AM

Britt, you will be missed greatly, but will be remembered by your love to help others. Thank you for always mentoring Gavin and being there for him when he needed you the most. You will always be Uncle Britt to him. You’ll definitely be missed but always remembered is that happy positive guy! Love you. Prayers to the family

Bryan Pazder

November 10, 2018 9:48AM

This news is hard to hear. I had the pleasure of serving with Britt in VMFA-251. The statements above are not false, he was a great Marine and also a great friend. Even though it is nearly 20 years later, I can easily recall many good times shared together. He had a way of keeping the mood light aboard the carrier, even when the stress levels were high. The world is a little darker now. Rest easy brother! Semper Fi!

Bruce and Patty Larson

November 10, 2018 7:21AM

Dear Louise and Kara and family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything for you.

Jim and Susan Trial

November 09, 2018 12:21PM

You can shed tears that Britt is gone,or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that Britt has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see Britt, or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember Britt only that he is gone, or you can cherish Britt's memory and let it live on.
Or you can do what Britt would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Sabra Vanderberg

November 09, 2018 10:14AM

Gone too soon my friend! You are and will be greatly missed.. Until we see you on the other side, rest in peace

Elijah Carter

November 08, 2018 11:27PM

Very sorry to hear of the loss of our Marine brother! May you rest in peace, Britt!

Lola Calvert

November 08, 2018 9:24PM

A friend he was and was a great one to me, An encourager he was and he never ran out of encouragements. A lover of God and heaven he was, he is a brother and son to be very proud of. I’m privileged to have known him and to walk in the Lord with him! He is greatly missed, my condolences to all his family and friends! Lola Calvert—DNR Construction Services, Fort Worth Texas