Brian Keith Pickens, 56, of Terre Haute passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in his residence surrounded by his loved ones. He was a teacher and coach at Terre Haute South High School, where he taught Ancient and Modern World History and Sociology. He was born March 13, 1963 in Terre Haute to Clifford Pickens, Jr and Marjorie (Tryon) Pickens who preceded him in death. Brian is survived by his wife, Donna (Wyant) Pickens; daughter, Alexandra Pickens (Daniel Hildebrandt); brothers, Dale A. Pickens (Jamie), Gary L. Pickens (Mary), and Bruce K. Pickens (Sandi); sisters, Teresa J. Pickens and Coral J. Pickens; parents-in-law John and Elaine Wyant; sister-in-law, Michelle Whitener (Monte); brother-in-law, Eddy Wyant (Rebecca) and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Brian was a 1981 graduate of Terre Haute South High School and attended ISU where he played baseball prior to joining the United States Marine Corps in 1983. He graduated in 1993 from Lenoir-Rhyne University and earned his Master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007. Brian was most proud of his time in the Marines from 1983 to 1987 and reserves until 1989. He traveled to 17 countries and made friends who have lasted a lifetime. At South High School, Brian coached and officiated football and coached baseball for 26 years. He made lasting impressions and was a positive influence both in the classroom and on the field. Brian was loved and respected by family, friends, students, and colleagues. His greatest passion was watching Alexandra play golf. A gathering of friends and family will be Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at Terre Haute South High School with a Celebration of Life starting at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that for those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Semper Fi Fund or Ouabache Valley Felines & Friends. Online condolences may be left at www.debaunfuneralhomes.com
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