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Obituary: Hocum, Brian Robert, Md

Age 65

HOCUM, Brian Robert, MD June 18, 1949 to July 27, 2014 Brian was born in Spokane as the third child of Robert and Helen Hocum.

He attended high school at Shadle Park, WSU as an undergraduate and UW Medical School for his doctoral degree.

He did his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit after which he became established as an emergency room physician at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, ID, where he spent his entire career.

He married Holly Darrah and together they raised six children in Clarkston, WA.

Brian’s voice was never raised unless in laughter, often times at the teasing only he knew how to do.

He loved philosophical conversations and existential books, pouring over the classics.

His time was spent between work and family life, the latter being most prized by him.

He loved to exercise, cook, garden, and play with his children and then his grandchildren - there could be no greater dad or grandfather than Brian.

His needs were always simple and he had a good heart for all humanity, giving and then giving more.

Brian suffered with stage 4 malignant melanoma for over two years; the site of malignancy never identified and thought to be in the mucous membranes.

When asked why cancer wins, he replied it did not win because at his death the cancer would also be destroyed.

Embraced by his family, Brian accepted the hand of our Lord, to whom he was no stranger.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 11 a.m. at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, WA.

In lieu of flowers memorial donates may be made to the Clarkston school wrestling programs where he was the team’s physician.

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