Brett David Lara

(Dec. 19, 1964 - Jan. 7, 2021)


Brett David Lara passed away on Jan. 7, 2021. Brett was brought into this world on the go; born into a military family. He was the youngest of three boys. Moving every two years, Brett learned to make new friends wherever he landed. His family moved from Georgia to Wyoming to California and back to Wyoming following his father’s military career.

Brett earned academic degrees at Northwest College in Powell and Rocky Mountain College in Billings. He had a black belt in karate; studied jeet kun do and grace Brazilian ju jitsu. He was also a martial arts instructor.

Brett loved his daughter, family and friends. He also loved fast cars, especially his 1968 Dodge Charger, and shooting.

Brett began his career as a counselor, working with troubled youth. Later he worked as a peace officer for the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department in Billings, then as a policeman, and then as a detective for the City of Powell. Until his last day, he considered his colleagues at the Powell Police Department his family.

Brett had a gentle soul, was very compassionate and always had time to listen to anyone’s problems. He had a big heart and never had a bad word to say against others.

In 2013 Brett met Lisa, and they got married. From this union, a little girl was born. Her name is Aleah. She was Brett’s sunshine.

Brett was preceded in death by his father Marcus Lara. He is survived by his mother Wanda, brother Mike Lara, brother Scott Lara (Linda), daughter Aleah, ex-wife Lisa and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Brett, we love you and we miss you.

A memorial service will be held at the Charity Baptist Church, 176 N. Day St., at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 14. The service will live stream on Thompson Funeral Home’s Facebook page.