ELY, Nev. — Brett Covlin, 55, Ely, Nev., died Sept. 26, 2011.
A celebration of his life was held Oct. 15 at the Ely Elks Lodge.
Brett was born April 19, 1956. His childhood was time spent with his mother’s parents on their family farm in Nebraska as well as his first 10 years being spent in rural Wyoming, camping and fishing. His love of nature was reflected in his extensive photographic work, a passion that began in his teens and continued throughout his life. He had a high school band, studied French and sang in the choir. Some of his other pursuits and passions were making jewelry, cross country skiing and herding cattle. He lived in a mountain cabin for six years with no running water and no heat other than his wood stove. He made jams, collected rocks, stamps, and coins. He loved the community of Ely, his friends and Bert, his bird. He and Bert were together for almost 19 years. Bert died nine days before Brett.
Survivors include his mother, Gloria (Anderson) Covlin, Denver Colo.; a sister, Elise (Covlin) Adams, Taos, N.M.; and an aunt, Elizabeth Studebaker, Scapoose, Wash.; and 14 cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Covlin; aunts, Doris Orwig and Laura Stolpe; and grandparents, Alfred and Esther Anderson.