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Brian James Lazorishak

August 11, 1971 ~ March 27, 2018 (age 46)

Brian J. Lazorishak, 46, of Whitefish, MT passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, while
saving his oldest daughter Elena Lazorishak from drowning at Olivine Pools in Maui, HI.
Brian was a devoted and loving husband, father and godfather. He loved his wife and
daughters fiercely, and everything he did was for them. He was a selfless, generous man
who would help anyone in need. Brian took care of many people in different ways during
his life. Everyone who knew him would say he was a man of his word.
Brian was born August 11, 1971, in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Guys Mills, PA. He
was an avid Steelers fan who bled black and gold. He held a BS degree in business and
psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as his Chartered Financial Analyst
(CFA) and Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designations. Brian and his family
relocated to Whitefish from Charlottesville, VA in December 2015. He was a Senior
Portfolio Manager with Stack Financial Management (SFM). Brian had a strong work
ethic and loved working at SFM where he felt valued and connected to everyone there.
It was Brian’s dream to live in Montana. He often traveled from Virginia to Montana just
to fly fish. Living in the Big Sky brought him joy. He loved fishing, hiking, rafting and
boating, and enjoyed being on the water.
Brian was easygoing and rolled with life. He looked at challenges as learning experiences
and would often be heard saying, “It builds character”, when things were tough.
Brian is survived by his wife, Christine Lazorishak, and daughters Elena and Karina
Lazorishak of Whitefish, MT, mother Janice Jacklett and step-father Jack Jacklett of
Guys Mills, PA, father Frank Lazorishak and step-mother Debbie Lazorishak of Ft.
Meyers, FL and brother Jay Lazorishak, a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, of Parker,
CO. Friends will be received Thursday, April 6th from 3PM-4PM at Christ Lutheran
Church, 5150 River Lakes Pkwy, Whitefish, MT 59937. Funeral services will be held
Friday, April 6th at 11AM, also at Christ Lutheran Church.
Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Na Kama Kai
(, an organization in the process of establishing an ocean safety
fund in Hawaii to prevent future tragedies or to Shepherd’s Hand in Whitefish
When traveling to Maui, please be safe. A beautiful sight is not worth a life.

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