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Siblings remember brother as ‘loving man'

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Jun. 10, 2009 at 10:10 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Brian Cardall's brothers and sisters are remembering his accomplishments in his short life. They spoke with KSL 5 News about their brother, who they call a brilliant, creative, loving man.

Brian, who died after being tased by Hurricane police Tuesday afternoon, comes from a large and loving family. Six of his seven siblings talked about their "wonderful, accomplished brother."

They all say he was calm, kind and creative -- an artist who captured nature in landscapes and a self-taught musician and songwriter.

Craig Cardall, Brian's brother, said he loved the outdoors, "to get away from it all, to be there with God and at peace."

But Brian was also a scientist, earning a master's degree at Utah State and close to completing his doctorate at Northern Arizona University.

Brian married the love of his life, Anna, who shared his passion for nature. He taught that love to their 2-year-old, Ava.

"Anna was even telling me the other day that she just loved watching Brian with Ava. He'd be out doing stuff, and Ava would be out capturing bugs. She was just a daddy's little girl," said Jane Cardall, Brian's sister.

They call their brother's death heartbreaking, but they are so pleased they each have spent time with him recently.

"We're grateful that we've had this year to really express that love, and he knew we loved him and we knew he loved us. And so, there's that peace and comfort," said Brian's sister Rebecca Smith.

"Brian will be with me for the rest of my life," Brian's brother Paul Cardall said. "As I fight to live, and a donor family gives an organ to me, I will know what they're going through."

They have faith they will see him again and say whatever Brian did, he did with love.

The funeral service for Brian Cardall will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Valley View Stake Center, located at 2245 E. 3900 South.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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