Brian Crum

Passed: June 05, 2023


Lt. Col. Brian T. “Snake” Crum, USAF, Retired, of Goodyear, AZ died June 5, 2023 at the age of 49. Born in Lexington, KY, he is the son of Kenneth (Lynda) Crum and Pamela Henry (Dan) Rosensohn.

Brian was raised in Lexington, KY., attended and graduated from Bryan Station High School and the University of Kentucky with a degree in Communications.

Brian began his accomplished military career when he enlisted in the Air Force in July of 1994. He earned numerous awards and completed many special schools while in the Air Force. He first became a Special Operations Combat Controller, and was eventually honored to be named the USAF Combat Controller of the year. In 2002, Brian commissioned as an officer. He completed pilot training and began his career as an F-16 pilot, later becoming a F-35 pilot. In 2020, Brian retired from the Air Force. He continued his passion by instructing incoming F-35 pilots at Luke Air Force base.

In his free time, Brian had many hobbies and interests including listening to and playing music with his kids, cooking, watching sports (especially University of Kentucky basketball and football), and watching Marvel movies with his family. He also loved the great outdoors.

Along with his parents he is survived by three children, Kiara Crum, McKenna Crum and Kael Crum and two brothers, Corey (Ivy) Crum and Col Kaveri (Courtnee) Crum and a Grandmother, Irene Euster.  He is also survived by many extended family members and friends.

Brian loved his God, his family, and his country. His memory will live on in our hearts until we meet again.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Redeemer Community Church, 371 Hill N Dale Drive, Lexington, KY at 4:00 p.m. on July 8, 2023.  All friends and family are invited. A private military funeral is being planned in Jackson, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, the families suggest donations be made to Tunnel to Towers, Wounded Warriors, or Fisher House.

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19 responses to Brian Crum

  1. Lavonna Crum says:

    I had the privilege to grow up with Brian, have three amazing kids with him, and enjoy many cherished moments with him as his wife. He was an amazing man, and loved by all who had the pleasure to know him. He will be missed greatly.

  2. Connie Shear says:

    Ken and Lynda and family! You all are like family to Scott and me! We love you fiercely and mourn the loss of your amazing son, Brian! Words are never easy when it comes to losing a child, but no one should ever go through this! We love your family so much, our support is always here! Love you all

  3. Outstanding person and great teammate! God bless his family!

  4. Misty Mays says:

    I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Brian as an adult, but as a childhood friend and classmate, he was a wonderful person. Prayers to Ken, Kav, Corey, his children and all other loved ones.

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