Brian Henry Bjornson, October 13, 1944 to August 11, 2020
Brian H. Bjornson passed away with his wife Debbie, his son Haldan and daughter Anika at his side at their home in West Linn Aug. 11, 2020. Brian developed a disabling muscle disease and became homebound in March, 2020. Known for his self-confidence, determination and strong sense of purpose he continued to work in spite of this progressively debilitating condition. Until the end Brian was alert, able to enjoy his family, friends and be comforted by them, even working on-line with associates at Norris and Stevens.
Brian was born in Portland on October 13, 1944. He grew up in Garden Home. His father passed April 8, 1974. Brian remained very supportive and close to his mother who passed Oct. 10, 1993. Brian developed, through his loving experience with his parents, his outstanding trait of loyalty to family, friends and coworkers.
Brian attended Garden Home Grade School and Beaverton High School where he played football and baseball. He also was a member of Boy Scouts attaining the top rank of Eagle Scout. Brian took the Boy Scout Motto seriously as those of us who know him associate his strength of character with the words of that Motto. Brian’s success in Scouts likely gave him confidence that he could succeed with more serious endeavors of the future.
Following high school, Brian attended Portland State University after a brief start at Oregon State. While at PSU, Brian studied as an exchange student in Italy and Norway. He developed his love of Nordic heritage that he later shared with his family. Brian took his family on two trips to Iceland in 2007 and 2008 where they found the family farm of his great-grandfather, Thorlacker. Brian always valued his family and friendships roots.
Following college, in 1972, Brian joined Norris and Stevens, Inc. Recognizing the strength and character of the Norris and Stevens leadership team, Brian began his life-long career. He went on to found the company’s apartment brokerage and management division. Norris and Stevens, which is locally owned, grew to become one of the largest commercial real estate firms in Oregon and S.W. Washington.
In 1987, Brian became a majority owner of N & S and led the company. Brian was the current Chairman of the Board for Norris and Stevens.
When Brian had established his success in business, he was ready for a family. Brian met Debbie Trick in 1993 on a blind date and married in 1998. They were blessed with two children, Haldan currently age 20, and Anika, age 18. Brian took great joy and pride in his family and spent a lot of time traveling as a family. When the kids were very young, Brian and Debbie built a vacation home in Camp Sherman, an area of Oregon Brian had loved since his teenage years. The family spent many vacations and every Christmas in their Camp Sherman retreat.
Anika and Haldan are both college students. Like in business, Brian gave his all to equip and encourage both children to be the best they can be. His love, influence and support for them will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, a baseball scholarship is being established in memory of Brian to honor his love and support of the game. An email with this and other information will be sent out in the near future. A Celebration of Life will also be announced for a later date.
Another Garden Home connection for Brian is the Norris and Stevens Real Estate firm that he was chairman of the board of. It was founded by my father Andrew D. “A.D.” Norris Jr.. We lived on Hunt Club Lane and pop served on school board when the first new addition was built. His name is on the plaque as school board member and he later served as chairman.