CASPER—Ed Brennan could be described as funny, kind, irascible, and a great negotiator, and all of these would be applicable. Ed died on August 18, 2019, at the age of 89, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. The oldest of four children, Ed spent his early life in Pocatello, Idaho, attending Pocatello High School and graduating from Idaho State University, where he had served as the Student Body President, the beginning of his life-long interest in politics.
After college, Ed joined Frank Church’s Senate campaign and moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the Senator’s office after his election in 1956. Ed moved back to Idaho to work on then Senator John Kennedy’s run for President. Returning again to Washington, D.C., Ed earned a Master’s Degree at George Washington. Ed’s love of the West was strong and he relocated to Wyoming to teach in the Social Studies department at Natrona County High School.
At NCHS, he taught with great enthusiasm and developed a sociology course which included innovative ideas- including mock marriages and death. A man ahead of his time, frequently wearing pink, and always pushing the envelope, Ed touched the lives of thousands of students in his over 30 plus years of teaching, which his family affectionately refer to as FSOE- former students of Ed.
Always an educator, he earned his second Master’s Degree in Sociology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, were he was also selected for a fellowship. He went on to participate in two fellowships at Stanford University.
In his “spare time,” along with friends Jack Gosar, Duke Kessler, Lee Malody, and Don Driscoll, they developed the first and only negotiated contract for Natrona County teachers where the teachers were a true part of the process. This contract served teachers and District for 32 years.
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After retirement, Ed continued to work with adolescents at Mercer House and would frequently share his love of the outdoors with them by fishing, skiing, camping, and hiking through the Wyoming wilderness. His favorite spot was Outlaw Canyon. He loved dogs and always held a special place for them in his life.
During his first marriage, he had two children, Greg and Mike, and combined they have given him seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Sadly, his grandson, John King Brennan, predeceased him. In 1974, the third time was a charm as he married Bobette Smith, later adopting Stephanie as his daughter. They were married 45 years at the time of his death.
He will be remembered for his energy, humor, and concern for others, especially those who needed emotional help and guidance. Please join us for a celebration of Ed’s life on September 21, 2019, at Bear Trap Meadow, South Shelter, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Donations in Ed’s name can be made to any no kill animal shelter of your choice or Wyoming Dementia Care.