Brant William Tidwell, 53, of Prairie Village, KS passed peacefully on November 15, 2013 with his wife and two sons at his side after a 3 ½ year battle with brain cancer. A memorial service for Brant will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Village Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust, Boy Scout Troop 91 at Village Church, or any charity honoring Brant's legacy of devotion to his community. Details are listed below.
Brant is survived by so many family members who dearly love him: wife of 30 years, Lucy Woodard Tidwell; son, William Foster Tidwell; son, Calvin Woodard Tidwell; parents, W. Ted and Janet M. Tidwell of Garfield, AR; brother, Scott (Missy) Tidwell of Centennial, CO; uncles Lt. Col. G. Donald Meserve and Michael K. Tidwell; six treasured cousins; numerous "Woodard" brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins; 17 beloved nieces &nephews, and a growing number of nieces & nephews-in-law and great nieces & nephews.
Brant was born on August 4, 1960 in Kansas City, Mo. A lifelong resident of Prairie Village, Brant proudly attended Prairie Elementary, Indian Hills Junior High, and Shawnee Mission East High School. His sons went on to attend all three schools. Much of Brant's life centered around the friendships formed at these schools– both during his time and his sons' time there. Brant attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1982. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity where he made lifelong friends who have stood behind his family during the tough years of his illness.
After meeting Lucy at KU, the two were married in 1983 in Kirkwood, MO. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Prairie Village and joined Village Presbyterian Church in 1984. Brant is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, also having served the church as Trustee and on numerous building, planning and search committees. While Brant served in many roles that conducted the business of the church, his life was transformed by the relationships he made in doing the work of the church. He formed countless lasting friendships at Village, and his life was shaped by the opportunities the church provided him to learn, grow, and serve. Brant also served his community in numerous other ways, including as Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Community Services, an organization that partners with United Way and County Government to allocate resources focused on human service needs in Johnson County, KS. He was a member of Centurions, a leadership-development program of the Metropolitan Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Kansas State Judicial Nominating Committee.
Brant spent his entire career as a Commercial Real Estate broker in Kansas City and started his own company, The Tidwell Company, in 1990. At age 26, he was one of the youngest designees in the nation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He served as President and member of the Board of Directors for the Kansas City CCIM Chapter and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Division of the Johnson County Board of Realtors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Kansas City Board of Realtors, Johnson County Board of Realtors, and the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. In 2006 Brant was awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the Kansas Association of Realtors for his service to scouting.
Brant spent much of his youth hanging out at Village Church as part of Boy Scout Troop 91, where he became an Eagle Scout. He went on to volunteer as an Assistant Scout Master in the early years of his career, before his own sons were born. When his sons later joined the troop, he became more directly involved again and eventually served a 5- year term as Scoutmaster. During this time he drew great pleasure from guiding young men to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, including his own two sons. In 2010, he was an inaugural recipient of the Ewing M. Kauffman Eagle Scout Award, awarded by the Boys Scouts of America Heart of America Council.
Brant lived his life with such joy. He gave it away so freely with his kindness, his smile, his time, his quick wit and humor. He continued to be a source of joy as he battled cancer. We think the angels must be laughing at his jokes even now.
Brant walked in peace: the peace of a man who knew his Creator and loved His beautiful creation; the peace of a man who loved deeply and was deeply loved in return by so, so many; the peace of a man who had no regrets.
We imagine that all of creation gave Brant a standing ovation in celebration of his spirit. He loved the beauty of this world and was so good at soaking it up. He truly enjoyed the wonder of God's world. He passed this wonder on to others and helped us all appreciate it a bit more.
He returned time and time again to the beauty of the Colorado Rockies, the Flint Hills of Kansas, and the Boundary Waters of Canada. Yet, he reveled in each new place he went and loved experiencing the beauty of other people's favorite places. He never wasted the chance to watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Village Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust
Donations may be made out to the above and mailed to :
Village Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust
6641 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village, KS. 66208
Donations made be made on line at: http://www.villagepres.org/endowment-trust/tribute-gifts/
Boy Scout Troop 91
Donations may be made out to BSA Troop 91 and mailed to:
Tom Pistorious, Troop Committee Chair
5624 Mission Rd.
Fairway, KS. 66205