Brian Setness

Obituary of Brian Dean Setness

In Memory of Brian Dean Setness 1968-2021

Brian Dean Setness, 52, of Broad Run, Virginia passed away on May 1, 2021  at age 52 after a 2-year long battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born on July 19, 1968 in Oregon City, Oregon and was a resident of Broad Run, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella Setness of Broad Run, VA and his three children: Madison Burns (Tim), Garrison Setness and Mason Setness.  Brian was the beloved son of Audrey and Duane Setness of Oregon and brother of Ron Setness of Arizona and Diane Setness of Washington.

Brian was married for 32 years to the love of his life, Marcella.  They have three beloved children, Madison, Garrison and Mason who were the light of Brian’s life.  He took pride in being there for his family and spent many years coaching his children in youth basketball. They were his number one priority and brought him immense joy.   He also had a passion for the outdoors and called it his “nature therapy”.  It brought him great pleasure and he could spend hours marveling at watching water fowl.  He especially enjoyed the geese and ducks!

Brian’s career in the Sustainability and Paint Manufacturing Industry also brought him much joy!  He was a visionary and pioneer in the field of Sustainability Specifications and Energy & Resource Efficiency.  He took pride in providing quality National Specifications for US and Canada Corporate Accounts.  He implemented the legacy of higher "emotional intelligence", understanding yourself and how you interact with others, in his daily business practices.  He took pride in creating a deeper understanding of group processes and team dynamics through organization development, change management, systems thinking and process alignment skills for business transformation.  Some of his career highlights included being directly responsible for building relationships in India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the US resulting in record sales performance.  Working to help businesses improve their efficiency by completing energy audits, retro-commissioning projects, many high profile LEED Certifications such as The Federal Reserve Bank, Governmental agencies and dozens of new building commissioning (Cx) projects and indoor air quality (VOC) and testing services.  He also developed new low VOC product lines with lifetime warranties and revolutionary designer paint products.  In addition, he authored many industry specific articles for publication and served as a mentor to his employees.  He understood that happy and passionate employees create better and more lucrative businesses. Brian exceled at finding people's strengths and determining how they may be best used to grow the entire team, strategy, and/or business. Anyone who knew Brian would say his business philosophy was about the people and creating relationships and not the money.   He believed whole heartedly in the “love, serve and care” philosophy of his employer, Hallman Lindsay.  He loved life and his family, he served God in association with Cornerstone Chapel and he cared about everyone…all of which were evident in his daily actions.

Brian was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be remembered fondly by all.  A celebration of life is planned to follow.


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