Ian "John" Robert Briddell, Nagi Luta Akicita (Red Spirit Warrior), was born October 20, 1965, and passed away October 20, 2022—on his "spirit day"—in his home in Colorado Springs, CO, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. He was 57 years old.
Among his abundant accomplishments, Ian served in the U.S. Army as Corporal on the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard riding in both the American Flag and Lead positions. He also served as a lead farrier and trainer during this time. In 2002 Ian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Colorado Technical University. After 9/11 he was compelled to serve the country again and the pinnacle of Ian's professional journey was with Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security. He completed his notable career as District Commander, Region 8.
Though Ian's driven nature and self-made success are undeniable, the endless love and loyalty he had for those closest to him, along with his constant jokes, quips, and ability to make everyone around him laugh, will forever resonate in our hearts.
Ian never hesitated to help others and share his knowledge. He was a highly skilled mechanic and driver. His passion for adventure and nature were contagious. He loved motorcycle riding, auto racing, fishing, and being in the sunshine.
As many know, Ian struggled with a decades-long battle with Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukoencephalopathy (RVCL), a rare degenerative disease. His unparalleled strength and tenacity will continue to be an inspiration and shining example to those faced with adversity.
Ian was preceded in death by his father Dennis Briddell, M.D. Ian is survived by his dedicated and adoring wife, Angela Briddell, whom he was married to for over 20 years; his children, Brittney Cunningham and Blaine Briddell; his mother, Linda Ireland; and his siblings, Dennis Briddell, Brandon Briddell, and Jessica Kormelink; as well as a multitude of beloved family and friends.
A festive remembrance of Ian's life will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Evergreen Memorial Park in Evergreen, CO from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All who loved him are welcome to honor his life by celebrating and sharing a memory or story during the service. Ian would have wanted his family and friends to dress comfortably, formal attire is not necessary.
In lieu of sending flowers, Ian's family requests donations to the Clayco Foundation for RVCL research: Donate - Clayco Foundation
Thursday, November 10, 2022
12:00 - 3:00 pm (Mountain time)
Evergreen Memorial Park
Evergreen Memorial Park in Evergreen, CO from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All who loved him are welcome to honor his life by celebrating and sharing a memory or story during the service. Ian would have wanted his family and friends to dress comfortably, formal attire is not necessary.