Bryan Craig Howell

Bryan Craig Howell, resident of Houston, Texas, passed away on August 3, 2018 at 53 years of age at Harbor Hospice in Houston, Texas.  Bryan was survived by his parents, Marvin and Anita Howell, brother and sister-in-law, Damon and Amber Howell of Colorado and brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Tamma Howell of Texas plus nieces, nephews and many extended family members.  He is preceded in death by five grandparents, an aunt and a cousin.

Bryan was born on April 7, 1965 in Glasgow, Montana.  His parents are Marvin Willard Howell and Anita Marie Howell.  Bryan grew up in Papillion, Nebraska and attended Papillion La Vista High School where he received many honors.  He attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha obtaining two degrees; a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Speech Communication.  Bryan lived in Nebraska, Kansas, Virginia and Texas.  Bryan worked for the Department of the Treasury Office of the Comptroller. He earned an M.S.W. in Medical Social Work from the University of Houston.  Bryan was a member of Congregation Emanu El.  Bryan was involved with several organizations including Holocaust Museum of Houston, Bo’s Place and the Mason Lodge.

Bryan’s burial was at Emanu El Memorial Park Houston, Texas. Bryan requested that in lieu of flowers or other perishables a donation be made to one of the following charities: Bering Omega Dental Clinic (BUMC, Houston, Texas); Bo’s Place, Houston, Texas; Brazos Abiertos in care of Dr. Gordon Crofoot; Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas or Holocaust Museum of Houston (Permanent Fund).

From Bryan’s email tagline: Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.

Comments for Bryan Craig Howell's Obituary


  1. Suzanne Sutherland

    10 months ago  

    Bryan was one of my best friends. He was like a big brother to me up until the very end. Bryan will always hold a special place in my heart. When volunteering as a docent for Holocaust Museum Houston, Bryan was one of the best. He was a true leader who helped bring the docent program into the 21st century. On a personal level, Bryan cared beyond anyone else and his actions spoke his caring. Bryan found me a home when I needed a place TODAY. I still can’t delete his voicemail messages. Hearing his voice, it still feels like he’s just a phone call away. Sometimes I think Bryan’s light burned too brightly for his human body to contain. He’d disappear for spells and come back when he could. Part of me keeps hoping this is just one of those spells.

  2. Nadine Payn

    11 months ago  

    As many of you know by now, Bryan was my best male friend in Houston. We could talk about anything, from highbrow to lowbrow! And yes, he was a wonderful docent at Holocaust Museum Houston and an outstanding intellect balanced by a warm heart. To say I miss him is an understatement. Bryan listed Holocaust Museum Houston as one of the places to make a donation in his memory, so please consider this institution which he loved.

  3. Hazel Bensky

    11 months ago  

    Bryan was one of the most amazing Docents at Holocaust Museum Houston. His knowledge and ability to connect with people of all ages. His tours were spectacular and each and every one who knew his at HMH knew him as a dear friend, always ready to share his knowledge, He will be missed by all who had the honour of knowing him and many many people who were fortunate enough to follow his tours.

  4. Stephen Coppi

    11 months ago  

    Bryan Howell was my best friend in my Sophomore and Junior year of High school. We would hang out at his house, Go to youth group at church and he was a real driving force in the School Bible study called Monarchs for Christ at Papillion High School in Nebraska. We parted ways in college as so often happens. Bryan was a solid, courageous and gifted man. I am sadden by his passing.

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