September 24, 1960–June 6, 2021
Brian Edward Eslick, age 60, died peacefully in his sleep at home, in Socorro, NM on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He was born September 24, 1960 in Lancaster, California and grew up in Los Angeles County. He married the love of his life, Leslie Johnson, on July 3, 1988 in Reno, NV.
Brian graduated from Quartz Hill High School class of 1978. He was a professional cook for several years after high school, including cooking for the Waffle House, the Air Force and the Desert Inn, never losing his love of cooking. Brian received his phlebotomy certificate from PIMA Institute and went on to take a Certified Nursing Assistant course at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Socorro, NM. After receiving his CNA certification, he worked in the medical field for more than 20 years. He is most known for his work in Socorro at Socorro General Hospital, the offices of Dr’s Reid and Markwell and for Presbyterian Health System at the regional hospital and clinic in Socorro, NM. He utilized his knowledge to help his community, his patients, the institution and his colleagues. He was very compassionate and knowledgeable. Brian had beautiful red hair he loved to grow long and often donated it to charities, a love for classic rock and the Denver Broncos, and a wicked sense of humor that many will remember him by.
Brian loved to hunt and fish, often bagging his limit and using his hauls to feed his family. He loved animals and rescued many, especially cats. When his daughter Nicol’s friend had a recurrence of cancer, he took quick action and became involved with the area blood bank setting up drives to help support her transfusions and find the rare blood type she needed because that’s just the kind of man he was.
Brian is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Eslick, his little brother and sister in-law, Clark and Tammy Eslick, his aunt, Margie Fejfar, his stepmother, Anne Eslick, his maternal grandparents, Luther and Opal Cole nee Wadsworth, and his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Coral Eslick nee Russell.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie Eslick nee Johnson, his mother, Marguarite Shirley nee Cole, his older brother and little sister, David and Ellen Eslick, his children, Jonathan and Nicol Eslick and Brian Dangerfield, his daughter-in-law, Andrea Eslick nee Holling, his grandchildren, Lilly Eslick, Kahlynne Eslick, Salem Hern and Isaac Holling, his stepchildren, Kodi and Kelly Piper, his sister-in-law, Erica Shufani nee Johnson, his brother-in-law, Phillip Johnson, his aunt, Majorie Bowen nee Cole and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Brian would want to acknowledge his giant floppy dog, Tank, and his loving cats: Lady, Babe and Rose.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1102 El Camino Real St, Socorro, NM. July 15 at 11:00, Bishop Leroy Lawson presiding
A reception will follow the memorial with refreshments, time for sharing memories and music.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Noblin Funeral Services Belen Chapel, Belen, NM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to your local blood bank. The family of Brian Eslick wishes to thank the support and financial assistance received from friends, family, colleagues at Socorro General Hospital and Medical Group, his patients and the Socorro Community.
1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient. Love is kind,” Brian was love.
“And now I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance; I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance,” Garth Brooks