Remembering Chaz Jacob Bruner

A place to celebrate the amazing life of Chaz Jacob Bruner.

Neal and Jamie Detwiler

Dear Matt, Katherine, Hannah and Malia,

We are so sorry for the loss of precious Chaz. We have fond memories of time spent with your family. 

This photos is from our 2011 trip to Seattle and Alaska. 

We think of you and pray for you daily. May God comfort you. 

We will be celebrating his life in Sunday along with you and many others.

Love and Hugs,
Neal and Jamie Detwiler


Molly Huard

Although our time as next door neighbors was short like his 15 years of life, Chaz Bruner was an incredible young man. He made an impression on me from the start with his kindness, responsible and helpful nature and thoughtfulness that you don't always see in teenage boys. Titus had already started looking up to him, referring to him as "my man", as they sat side by side during carpool. My  girls were establishing a genuine friendship with him too. I will miss what I anticipated this coming summer...watching him learn how to drive in our neighborhood, the sound of the basketball on their sports court, summer backyard fun and Titus inviting himself over constantly to play Xbox with him. I grieve with the Bruner's but not without hope...He's at peace with Jesus. What a life well lived and a special family. I'm reminded each day is a gift from the Lord. We love you Bruner family.

Molly Huard

Jennifer, Michael, Lauren & Olivia Senke

Our hearts are broken for you Bruner family…words cannot express how sad we are.  While we did not share a lot of memories with your family, we fondly remembered our time that we did get to share with you guys.  Chaz was such a beautiful, funny, and outgoing boy.  Here are a few pictures that brought those memories back to us…

Jennifer, Michael, Lauren, & Olivia Senske


Jack Duncan

I had the pleasure of spending a week at Creekside with Chaz. In that week, I saw a joy and life in him that was undoubtedly the presence of Christ.


The McQueen Family

The McQueen’s had our first mochi ice cream experience last night in honor of Chaz’s love for it and we can officially say that WE LOVE IT! Never had anything like it but we can highly recommend it now just like Chaz did! It was a fun way to remember Chaz and a reminder to pray for you guys. We love you Bruner family!  


The Hills

I remember the first time I met the Bruner family. Chaz was approximately 4yrs. old and they were here for a visit from Hawaii. Dr. Bruner had brought his family by to meet our then team with Dr. Gile. I have watched Chaz go from a little boy to an amazing young man. He lit up the room with his infectious SMILE every time I saw him. He had such a sweet nature and kind soul about him. I feel so blessed to have shared many memories daily of our children, together with Dr. Bruner. Chaz you will be greatly missed and for all of us who know, there will be a day where we see you again sweet boy. Until then may God guide your family through in strength and love until you meet again.

~The Hills~

Laura Nelson


The O'Neill Family

Dear Dr. Bruner and Family,

We are all deeply saddened by the sudden, unexpected passing of your son, Chaz. We are so sorry and can only hope your faith, family, friends, and community provide you some comfort during this extremely difficult time and beyond. It is very apparent that Chaz was sweet and well-liked by all who met and interacted with him and that he will be greatly missed -- especially by you, his family. Please know that we have been, and still are, thinking about you.

 The O'Neill Family 

The Brekkes

Chaz, you will be missed by our family.  Much love we send. - The Brekkes


Alan Chan

2011 BCS Boy's basketball team


Ed, Jan, Luke and Matthew Stemple

Bruner family and friends of Chaz,

We are deeply shocked and saddened by Chaz’s sudden departure from this life.  We miss him!  Chaz was a great multi-sport athlete and Luke had the chance to play with Chaz with the Sand Gnats baseball team way back in 2009 (first grade); we still have the baseball that Chaz signed.  We also got to cheer for Chaz with the Blasters soccer team for many years, and with the Rockets basketball team.  We remember Chaz fondly and enjoyed getting to know him as a kind, respectful, friendly young man with great sportsmanship.  We know he is in Heaven now, so we aren’t sad for him, just for those of us who no longer get to hang out with him. Chaz, we look forward to joining you when our day comes!  Blessings to the Bruner family as you deal with this painful loss—you are in our prayers.

Ed, Jan, Luke and Matthew Stemple


Andy and Errol Yim

Chaz was a young boy when he lived in Hawaii.  When the Bruners left the islands to establish their full time home and orthodontic practice in Washington, we kept updated on the kids’  growing up and activities thru Matt and Kathryn.  Its heartwarming to read everyone’s stories and memories of the now teenage Chaz and yet heartbreaking to feel the painful loss for his family and friends.

I share a poem here that I love and reminds me of Chaz and other young innocents whose lives were shorter than anyone could be prepared for.  It gives me some comfort and I pray will bring you comfort too.

Remembering Chaz:

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belongs to our world
But then it flies on again……
And though we wish it could have stayed……..
We feel grateful to have seen it

Rest in peace dear Chaz……you are in our hearts forever

Love, prayers and our fondest aloha,
Andy & Errol Yim
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