Bryan Carrier, Programming Director for the Historic Hemet Theatre passed away on Sunday October 18, 2020. Bryan’s health had declined during the Covid-19 quarantine, steadily draining his strength.
Bryan John Carrier was born in Ithaca, New York on September 6th 1948, the second of four children of Leonard Eber Carrier and Lucy Greci Carrier. The family settled in Encinitas in the early 1950’s, where Leonard established one of the first flower ranches in the area.
Bryan was a mischievous child with a quick wit and stubborn determination. Family and friends will attest these traits are ones he would never lose.
He earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in Political Science from Chico State, but struggled to find a teaching position. He took a job as a Produce Manager, leading to a 30-year career including positions with Mayfair Market, Stump’s Market, MegaFoods, Texans Market, K-Mart Superstores and Pak-N-Sav.
In 1979, Bryan married Julie Davis, fathering three daughters (Cathryn Lucia, Diana Ruth, and Elizabeth Anne), raising them along with two stepchildren (Brian and Amy Orlauski). The marriage ended after nine years and Bryan moved from Temecula to Hemet, California.
In 1993, Bryan met Susan Nikolai at a square dance in San Diego and within a month the couple began making plans to marry. The newlyweds followed Bryan’s career to San Antonio, Texas, then back to California in Fresno, Aliso Viejo, and Chino.
In 2006, Bryan began a new career, teaching at Hemet’s Alessandro Continuation High School. Bryan’s quick wit and stubborn determination proved to be an effective combination in turning around many struggling students.
In 2013, Bryan embarked on a new adventure, preserving Hemet’s landmark Historic Hemet Theatre. With Susan serving as CEO and Bryan assuming the role of Programming Director, the couple led a team of over 100 dedicated volunteers to create a successful community arts center.
Bryan is survived by his wife (HHT’s CEO Susan Carrier), his three daughters (Cathryn Kouris, Diana Gray, Elizabeth Swanson) and six grandchildren (Hollie and Bryan Stiles; Violet Gray; Amber, Lily and Olivia Swanson) as well as three siblings (Mary Weflan, Daniel Carrier, and Karl Carrier) and eight nieces and nephews… and his beloved Pomeranian, Penelope.
Bryan’s cremated remains were placed in a wooden box with beautiful inlaid design created by his father 40 years ago. A Celebration of Life was held on July 18, 2021,. The ceremony was followed by a performance featuring five of the tribute bands that Bryan brought to the HHT stage.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Historic Hemet Theatre Building Fund. Notes of condolence and remembrance can be sent to the Historic Hemet Theatre, 216 E Florida Ave, Hemet 92544.
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