Brian David Rutford, 56, El Cerrito, Calif., died suddenly Nov. 8, as he was preparing to return home to Minnesota for his father’s funeral.

He was preceded in death by his father, John, two days earlier.

Brian is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori Rogers; mother, Donna; siblings, Doug (Sue), Ruth Hogenson-Rutford (John Hogenson) and Mary; and many other relatives.

Brian was born in St. Paul, grew up in St. Anthony Park and moved to California in 1985. He attended Murray High School and the University of Minnesota. He was employed by First Student in many capacities throughout a 37-year-career in the student transportation industry. He was actively involved in the California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) as Chapter 10 president and on the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Brian’s love of family, friends, baseball, golf and travel will live on in many shared memories.

Services for Brian and John Rutford were held at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church on Nov. 29. An additional memorial service was held in California on Dec. 6. Memorials are preferred to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or to donor’s choice.

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