Dr. David Brian Landrum, 59, of Madison, AL, passed away on January 21, 2022 after a two year battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his mother, Judy Landrum. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, children; Josh (Katy), and Kailey (Justin), beloved grandchildren; Tate, Ellie, and Luke, father, James Landrum (Jo), brother, Mark (Kimberly) Landrum, and sisters; Lynn Reagan and Jill Lee.
Brian was born in Tyler, Texas on May 28, 1962 to James and Judy Landrum. He was a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, completing his Bachelors degree (1984) and Masters degree (1986). After a two year stint at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, proceeded to complete his phD degree from NC State. After completing his own education, he came to the University of Alabama Huntsville to begin an inspirational teaching career of 30 years, during which he taught Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and encouraged hundreds of his students in both their professional careers and personal lives. He was regarded by many students as a supportive and guiding sounding board as well as a personal mentor and friend. Outside of academia, Brian served as the Educational Pastor at West Huntsville Baptist Church for 12 years. There, he passionately set the course of teaching curriculum, helped to cultivate a community built on the love of Christ and loving people. He participated in events, plays, outreach, and missions to share God’s love to those around him. He had a love for travel and especially loved visiting Ukraine where he taught children’s bible camps. During his final days, he was still receiving letters from those he had impacted on those trips. In recent years, his favorite activities became watching his children become parents of their own and investing in the lives of his three grandchildren. Affectionately known to them as “Doc”, he delighted in singing them songs, reading them book after book, encouraging them in their interests, and reminding them of God’s love for them as well as his own. He had many things in his life to be proud of, but his family remained his most precious source of pride and field of mission. He was a lifelong reader and learner, lover of Aggie football, collector of souvenirs from his many travels, and developed meaningful relationships in each of his pursuits. He leaves behind a professional and personal legacy marked by his gentle spirit, compassion, and humor but most of all he leaves a large community of friends and family who grew to know the love of God because of his life.
A visitation will be held at West Huntsville Baptist Church, 2211 Triana Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35805, on Saturday, January 29 at 10 am, followed by a celebration service, officiated by Pastor Scott Gossett, at 11 am. The service will be streamed live at westhuntsville.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the WeGo Fund at West Huntsville Baptist Church. Donations can be made online by selecting the WeGo Fund at give.westhuntsville.com. For questions, please contact the church office at (256) 539-4134.