Hardee M. Brian went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the age of 91 in the comfort of his home. Hardee, resident of the Plains and Zachary, La., was born on February 17, 1927, to Frank and Leona Brian. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty Jo Mahoney Brian; three sons, Ronald H. Brian and wife Brenda, Randy Brian and wife Debby, Tracy Brian and wife Becky; eight grandchildren; Michele Brian Maddie, Kelli Brian Cox, John L. Brian, Christopher Brian, Jennie Brian, Laird Brian, Aubin Brian, Jude Brian; three step grandchildren, Hannah Thompson, Logan Thompson, Lauren Thompson; seven great grandchildren; Ryan, Kristian, Addison, Kellan, Mason, Emery, Britton and Bowen; one sister, Leona Doss and one brother, Joe Brian and wife Gin.
He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Leona Brian, infant daughter, Kathy Jo Brian, brothers Malcolm Brian, Frank Brian; sisters, Virginia Brian Malone, Barton Brian Reinberg, Olive Brian LaCoste and Henrietta Brian Daniel.
He served his country during both World War II and the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Navy. He was a lifetime dairyman and cattle farmer serving as President of the East Baton Rouge Cattleman’s Association , President of the East Baton Rouge Parish Farm Bureau Association, Member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Farm Bureau Board of Directors, District Director of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and board member of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission.
He was dedicated to his community and his church. He was elected to the Bank of Zachary Board of Directors in 1982 and served faithfully until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of Plains Presbyterian Church serving as Deacon, Deacon Emeritus, Trustee, and Chairman of the Young Family Cemetery Association.
He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family. He was a man of remarkable abilities and will be greatly missed.
Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons: Ronald Brian, Randy Brian, Tracy Brian, John Brian, Christopher Brian, Laird Brian and Jude Brian. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Bank of Zachary Board of Directors and Plains Presbyterian Diaconate.
Visitation will be held at Plains Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, November 28, beginning at 10:00 until services at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Young Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Plains Presbyterian Church or Young Family Cemetery.
The family gratefully acknowledges the care given by his niece, Bette Jo Heaslip, his physicians, and his personal caregivers Ida Sharp and Loraine Howell.