Brett Owen Leis
November 23, 1970 ~ October 25, 2023
Resided in: Vienna, Virginia
Brett Owen Leis passed away suddenly on October 25, 2023, at the age of 52. He was born on November 23, 1970, in Brisbane, Australia and was a resident of Vienna, Virginia.
Brett was married to Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) and they had one son, Jack Thomas Leis, who was the light of Brett’s life. He was a Senior Chief Petty Officer – Clearance Diver in the Royal Australian Navy for 23 years. He served in multiple theaters around the world, including Somalia and other peace enforcement zones. He served as an Exchange Officer, working with the U.S. Navy between 2006 – 2008 at the Explosive Ordnance and Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 1 in Point Loma, San Diego. After Brett retired, he worked at the Wesley Center for Hyperbaric Medicine in Brisbane. Most recently, he worked as a much-beloved bus driver with Fairfax County Public Schools, known to countless children as the driver with the funny accent and the Hawaiian shirts.
Brett moved to Vienna with his family in 2016 and quickly became a fixture in the community. His love for Jack was plain for all to see. He was deeply involved in supporting Jack’s school and extracurricular activities and volunteered in numerous roles. He was a Cub Scout Den Leader for Pack 987, served as the swim team representative for the Lakevale Estates Dolphins, and coached the Tigers, the Vienna Little League team. He put his many skills to use when he built Jack a treehouse that is still one of the best properties in the neighborhood. He used his skills and experiences working with ordnances to keep neighbors safe during Fourth of July celebrations.
Over his years of living in Lakevale, he became the informal “mayor” of the neighborhood, and was always there to help with community gatherings, Eagle Scout projects, and neighborhood improvement efforts. He was legendary for the cricket parties he hosted with his wife Betsy, and anyone with a good taste knew to look for any lamb dishes made by Brett because it would be the best lamb you’d ever had. He was an avid golfer and an ardent Eagles and Phillies fan.
Brett is survived by his wife Betsy, his children Jack Leis and Jacqueline Munoz, his beloved dog Bismark, sister Tempe Leis and 11 nieces and nephews. His mother Ricky passed away 6 years ago.
The Leis family will be holding a Celebration of Life at the Vienna Fire Department on Friday, November 10th at 4:30 pm. In honor of Brett, guests are asked to come as you are, especially if that includes wearing your best Eagles or Phillies gear, flannel or Hawaiian shirts. This will be a true celebration of Brett’s life and all are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, a college savings plan has been established for Jack. The gifting page can be found at https://go.fidelity.com/qjlfxl