Brett M. Allsop
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Brett M. Allsop

Brett Allsop, age 38 of Bellingham, passed away August 18, 2009. He was born October 26, 1970 in Bellingham to Mike and Maya (Morse) Allsop. Brett attended Silver Beach Elementary School, Whatcom Middle School and Sehome High School. While at Sehome, he was a competitive runner and won the state title in cross country in 1987. He entered Stanford University in 1989 and continued to compete in track and field and cross country. Brett graduated from Stanford in 1993 and founded his first business, Fogdog Sports, in 1994 with several of his closest friends from school. He lived in England for four years where he worked as a venture capitalist. In 2003 he returned to Bellingham to work in his family business, Allsop, Inc., and raise his children in his beloved hometown. In 2006, he co-founded YAPTA, an internet travel site that tracks airfares and hotel prices, with his brother, Ryan. Brett was also an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His love for business was only rivaled by his devotion to his children, family, and countless friends. He was an avid reader, learner, boater and skier. His contagious smile and optimism will be remembered by all who knew him.

Brett was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ivor “Buss” Allsop and grandparents Richard and Mary-Anna Morse. He is survived by his devoted parents; treasured children, Riley and Aspen and their mother Amy Kashiwa; brother Ryan (Tina) Allsop and their children Kehr and Emma; grandmother Betty Allsop; uncle Jim (Darcy) Allsop and their children Skye (Tori) Allsop of Lake Tahoe and Jamey (Adam) Allsop-Greene of Sun Valley, Idaho; uncle Jon (Mary) Allsop of Lopez Island and his children Ivor Allsop of Park City, Utah and Jensen Allsop of Brazil; uncle Rick (Trish) Morse of Lake Tahoe and his children Tyler and Scott Morse; and many, many dear friends and colleagues. Brett will be in our hearts forever. We love you, Brettski.

In honor of Brett, a perpetual scholarship has been established for Bellingham students who are interested in pursuing a career in business and show the entrepreneurial spirit which Brett embodied. Donations may be made to Bellingham Dollars for Scholars c/o Brett Allsop Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 5213, Bellingham, WA 98227.

A celebration of Brett’s life will be held at Fairhaven Marine Park, located at the end of Harris St. in Fairhaven, on Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 pm, followed by a reception.

See the Bellingham Herald article here: Herald.pdf

Messages from others:

Posted by: Kris Walbrun - 8/21/2009
Mike, Maya, & Ryan,
My heart aches for you and your family. Having worked for you I know what a wonderful and close family that you are. Brett would have been about 9 or 10 when I first met him, bright eyes, always a smile and a story to share. I know how proud you are of him and his accomplishments. Please accept my condolences.

Posted by: Raleigh Kukes - 8/21/2009
Brett my dear friend, you will be missed by so many. We should all live our lives as you did with enthusiasm, optimism and kindness. I will miss your smile and your warm genuine hugs that brightened my life on so many occasions.
To all the Allsops, my heart is with each of you. Brett was truly an amazing person that was taken from you too soon.

Posted by: mark needle - 8/21/2009
To all the extended Allsop family from all of the extended Lienau family:
Having known and valued our friendship with the Allsop's for almost 35 years, we
are shocked and saddened by your loss and feel as if we have lost one of our own. While Brett's bright light may have been extinguished we will all carry a part of him and his reflection going forward. We hope you can take some comfort in knowing that the measure of a man isn't the length of time he stands on this earth but the depths to which he has touched those around him and Brett has touched us all to our core.
Mark Needle
Lienau Associates

Posted by: stephanie - 8/21/2009

You had always a smile on your face and a word of encouragement for me the french girl. I remember my first months in Bellingham, it was hard for me and you were there for me. I remember our discussions in French when you were telling me about your experience in France. I remember how it was hard for me to speak in English and your patience to try to understand me. You were always available to everybody and showed a willingness to help in any way you could.

Thanks to you, I spent a wonderful year in America and met wonderful people! I won’t forget all you did for me! This part of my life was such a great experience, most probably the best of my life…

I’m thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Au revoir!


Posted by: linda and Wilbur Kukes - 8/21/2009
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Allsop family. Brett is at the top of the list of really good people. Even with his own very busy life these past few years, he found the time to advise and befriend our daughter through a devastating time in her life. We will always remember what a quality person he was.

Posted by: Bob Pritchett - 8/21/2009
I only met Brett three years ago, when we spoke at the same event. I was excited to meet another high-tech entrepreneur here in Bellingham, and walking to the parking lot we made plans to get together for lunch. We had more in common than we knew; our wives pointed out that we lived across the street from each other. I guess we were both working too much to meet all the neighbors!

Brett and I were almost exactly the same age, both entrepreneurs, in high-tech, in YPO, working with family, living in Bellingham, and busy. We got together once in a while, or talked at events, comparing notes, trying out business ideas, discussing a project we might do together. We were both busy, and I figured there'd be lots of time. I thought, "here's a guy I'm going to know for 40 years."

My thoughts and prayers are with the Allsop family, and I'm sorry I didn't invest the time to be a closer and better friend in the time Brett was with us.

Posted by: Paul Sabbah - 8/21/2009
I send sincere condolences to the entire family on behalf of the Board of the Accessories Division of the Consumer Electronics Association. Brett was a passionate and knowledgeable member of our group, liked by all, respected by all and he will be missed.

Posted by: Wendee Dawson - 8/21/2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Allsop family. Love all of you so much! You guys are a great family and a great family to me!
Brett, you will be missed so much at the are the "man" Rest in peace BA!

Posted by: Laura Lewis - 8/21/2009
To the Allsop family, friends, and all the members of Allsop, I are so sorry for your loss. Brett was a bright shining star and truly was one in a million. We will miss him dearly, but am glad to have had the chance to know him.

Deepest condolences,
Laura Lewis

Posted by: Raleigh Kukes - 8/21/2009
Brett my dear friend, you will be missed by so many. We should all live our lives as you did with enthusiasm, optimism and kindness. I will miss your smile and your warm genuine hugs that brightened my life on so many occasions.
To all the Allsops, my heart is with each of you. Brett was truly an amazing person that was taken from you too soon.

Posted by: Mike Freedman - 8/21/2009
I had the pleasure of working with Brett for nearly 4 years. He was one of the nicest people I met in the business. He always made time for me no matter how busy he was and always made me feel like an important part of whatever was going on.

My heart goes out to his entire family for their loss.

Posted by: Linda Hawley - 8/21/2009
Warm hugs for all of you from me. Sad days. I feel for you all, and my heart is with you.

Posted by: brooks friedland - 8/21/2009
You were exceptional in every way. Attached is the last photo i took on sunday last weekend with brett and daughter and she had just lost her tooth. I sent the photo to May I see you again someday soon. We miss you. Brooks and family

Posted by: Erica Heininger - 8/21/2009
You're in my thoughts Allsop family. Brett was a wonderful man and he will be missed.

Posted by: Wynne Powell, CEO London Drugs - 8/21/2009
The business world has lost an immense talent long before his time. His accomplishments in his 38 years of life demonstrate his abilities, passions and human qualities.

Posted by: ken messina - 8/21/2009
My company, TMC Sales Corporation, was one of the original Sales Reps for the Allsop Cassette Cleaning System almot 30 years ago! A few months ago, we approached Brett & Bruce about once again becoming Sales Reps for Allsop/Ohmetrics Products. I only had the honor and the pleasure of working with Brett over a 2 day period last month. This gentle and intelligent man, convinced me, along with any one that he sat with, that his product was the greatest thing since sliced bread! Over the course of the few days that we spent together, not only did we become very close friends, we had decided to use his past and successful experience in the internet business, along with my other company that distributes refurbished products, to try and create a new company, selling and marketing products over the internet, in a totally unique and professional manner. A day with Brett created this possible venture and partnership. All over a handshake. You don't find many people in your life like Brett Allsop; I am personally devestated. My heart goes out to Brett's entire familiy and friends...

Posted by: Kyle Bornstein - 8/21/2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys, I'm so sorry and I will miss Brett...God Bless

Posted by: Malia Young Jorgensen - 8/21/2009
I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I went to middle school with Brett, but grew up just down the street on North Shore. It was a small community on the lake back in the day. He was always such a nice guy and had a smile for everyone. God Bless you!

Posted by: Wendy Setter - 8/21/2009
Dear Allsops, We just got back from our sailing trip and I was 'shocked' to read about Bretts passing..what a wonderful man and father to Riley and Aspen. He will be missed by many...our prayers are with all of you....
Wendy and Mac

Posted by: LaLani Pitts - 8/21/2009
What a pleasure it was to be Brett's English teacher at Sehome. His success was no surprise to me. Every day in the classroom I was able to witness his drive, intelligence, humor, and determination. Others expected a lot from him, but no one expected more than he did himself. He knew that with great gifts came great responsibility, and he was a great steward of the gifts that were given to him in every aspect of his life. He made me proud of him every day, as did Ryan. Teaching the Allsop boys was one of the gifts of my career. Mike, Maya, Ryan, and Brett's family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the gift of Brett.

LaLani Pitts (Mrs. Doud then)

Posted by: Wendy Allen - 8/21/2009
Dear Betty ,Mike ,Maya and Ryan....what a honor it has been knowing you all for over35 years you are all loved by many and this really touches, the community. I know Brett to be a amazing A child he was always ..helpful,happy and sooooooo smart....I'am honored to have gotten to help take care of him in those younger years.Much Love wendy

Posted by: David McLeod - 8/21/2009
Having known Brett as a good friend as well as a business colleague there is no doubt he will be missed by all who knew him. He was a very intelligent, caring person who loved his family and friends, to invent and grow businesses and to take time to enjoy life. It saddens me that such a life was cut so short. The loss of Brett reaffirms how life can change at a moment’s notice and how all of us should make time to enjoy life, our family and friends as much as possible. Thanks, Brett, for a great friendship.

Posted by: John Custer - 8/21/2009
I have the fondest memories of Brett as a student and an athlete. Is enthusiasm, energy and curiosity were intensly felt by all those around him. I remember him running so intelligently at the state track meet and astounding people with his performance that exceeded everyone's expectations of a sophomore. I will never be able to see another distance event without thinking of Brett.

Posted by: Vanessa Muccilli Kimble - 8/21/2009
While I haven't seen Brett since 1991, when he was a part of a Study Abroad program in Avignon, I recall and remember him fondly.

He always seemed eager for a new adventure, a new idea, a new restaurant, a new country or city to visit and tour. He was full of life, funny with a quirky laugh, and he had an uncanny way of engaging everyone in our small group.

I am so sorry for your loss. My family has added your family to our nightly prayers.

Posted by: Warren Packard - 8/21/2009
I was really shocked to hear the devastating news of Brett's passing. Brett had a wealth of creative genius and entrepreneurial energy. I am confident that Brett is up in heaven redesigning the pearly gates to optimize traffic flows. I smile when I think about this because I'm certain that it's true. More aptly, I'm smiling because i know that he'd want us all to remember his smile and the genius at work just behind the smile. Brett, we all deeply miss you, and we will always remember the joy you brought to us all.

Posted by: Kim (Cowan) Lovaas - 8/21/2009
I am grateful that I saw Brett at our high school 20 year reunion only a few weeks ago. Although we were all feeling a little old, Brett's sparkling blue eyes and spirit were exactly the same as the day we graduated 20 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with his children and his family. Brett will be very missed but his spirit lives on in all of us!

Posted by: Anne-Marie & Chris Renoud - 8/21/2009
We are both so saddened for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this time.

Chris has fond memories of running on the Sehome track team with Brett (and his brother) and I had a really great lunch with him a few months back. He was so smart, on point and totally inspiring as a business person.

It's a tragic loss for your family and a large loss for the community.

Sending you positive thoughts,

A-M & Chris

Posted by: Jen Boyer - 8/21/2009
My heart is breaking over the news that we've all lost Brett. He was so full of life and love for everyone around him. I will forever be grateful that I was able to see him at our 20 year reunion just two weeks before this terrible tragedy and that I had the opportunity to catch up with him. He shared some great words of wisdom with me I'll never forget. My thoughts, prayers and love go to his family and, most of all, Riley and Aspen. May they always be reminded of what a wonderful man their father was. I'll never forget you and will always miss you Brett. Thank you for gracing my life.

Posted by: Warren Packard - 8/21/2009
I was really shocked to hear the devastating news of Brett's passing. Brett had a wealth of creative genius and entrepreneurial energy. I am confident that Brett is up in heaven redesigning the pearly gates to optimize traffic flows. I smile when I think about this because I'm certain that it's true. More aptly, I'm smiling because i know that he'd want us all to remember his smile and the genius at work just behind the smile. Brett, we all deeply miss you, and we will always remember the joy you brought to us all.

Posted by: Keefer Whan - 8/21/2009
Brett inspired competitive zeal in all aspects of his life in which I was lucky to be a part of--athletics, academics and business. I often reflect upon his humble and silent fulfillment riding the ferry back from Port Townsend after winning the State Cross Country Title in 1987--standing next to him a proud father who was very fortunate to be actively engaged in his victory through training him and the 2nd place team that summer-- Mike and Maya's nurturing of both Brett and Ryan, as well as their unyielding values instilled within them, have always been a model for me in raising my own children. This tragic event is very difficult to cope with and I sympathize with the family and this unfair loss. I will continue to be inspired by Brett's commitment to excellence, diligence and quiet confidence. He was a driven man who still had many world changing pursuits ahead of him. Let's collectively keep his spirit alive by never giving up our dreams of change nor yielding our inner passions.

Posted by: Kevin Davis - 8/21/2009
I was just able to reunite with Brett at our 20 year reunion. In our conversation he was as vibrant and captivating as i'd remembered. We had wonderful conversations. He really glowed when he was able to show me video of his true joy in life, his children. We laughed and exchanged stories of parenthood. Just being around him for those short few days of the reunion, I felt as if I had never lost touch with him from high school. I will always carry a piece of him with me. He will be deeply missed. I know it must be extremely hard time for everyone in the family. Please know my thoughts prayers are with you and he lives on in the countless lives he touched.

Posted by: Glenn Boghosian - 8/21/2009
Brett you will truly be missed. Your enthusiasm, creativity, drive and intelligence always amazed me. I remember sitting across the table from you and was struck by the way you could light up a room. I find myself unable to think of anything other than this tragic loss. My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Allsop family.

Posted by: Morgan Friedland - 8/21/2009
It is not the stellar academics, business successes or athletic accomplishments that I will remember most about my old childhood friend. Those things mean nothing when compared to his positively cozy attitude and relentless generosity. Oh, and that damn sparkle in his eyes backed with the big smile that left you with the impression something good was about to happen.

I am so very sad about loosing Brett. My heart goes out to his brother, parents, Amy and especially his children.

Posted by: David Rhodes - 8/22/2009
I am shocked and greatly saddened by the news of Brett's passing. Brett was a true friend in business - someone who's passion and creativity inspired all those around him. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Allsop family.

Posted by: Robin Smith - 8/22/2009
Oh my!!! It seems like just yesterday that we started our journey as friends, business partners and dreamers. Through you, I have met some wonderful, bright and spirited new friends that includes your family. From the early days at Cedro and then Fogdog and Yapta, our talks and ideas will always be a part of me. Thank you for all of that. Lynne and I will miss you...we all will miss you. But you won't be forgotten. Rest, knowing that.

Posted by: Mickey and Carole Ghio - 8/22/2009
To the Allsop family,
We can't stop crying, and have felt such sadness since hearing of Brett's death. We know you will miss him everyday.
God Bless, Mickey and Carole

Posted by: Mickey and Carole Ghio - 8/22/2009
To Riley and Aspen,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your daddy. He was a wonderful man, and we know you will miss him so much.
Mickey and Carole

Posted by: Kelly Balboni - 8/22/2009
Ryan, Tina and family,
We are so sad to hear of the tragic loss of your brother. Everyone here in Plymouth is grieving for you and your family. Our love and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Lenore (Hankenson) Wood - 8/22/2009
Mike and family, I am so sorry about Brett. I can't imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lenore

Posted by: Chuck & Judy McCoy - 8/22/2009
Please know our thoughts are with your family as you go through this difficult time. We are sorry we will be out of state during the celebration of Brett's life. We will be thinking of you all and please know our hearts will be with you at that time.

Posted by: Samantha Mom - 8/22/2009
We pray that God will lift you and your families up in this time of sorrow and give peace and comfort to your heart.

Kind Regards,

Samantha & Karl Mom, Rick & Amy Chea, Chhiv Chea, and families.

Posted by: Rachel Myers - 8/22/2009
My heart goes out to Brett's family during this very painful time. Please know my thoughts are with you. Much love to you all.

Posted by: Michael Marshall - 8/22/2009
Maya, Mike, Ryan and the extended Allsop family:
It was a blessing and privilege to watch Brett develop from a young man starting his college career, to the young business man helping to run the family company.
My experience with your family continues to influence my life to this day. I know that Brett's involvement with his family, friends and colleagues will extend that "ripple" of positive influence in so many lives and for many, many years to come.
My sincere condolences. Mike

Posted by: Kristen Cook - 8/22/2009
My heart goes out to all who knew and loved Brett. He was truly one of a kind.

I treasured his intellect, his wit, his partnership, his spontaneity and his friendship.

I will miss you Brett.


Posted by: Tiara Clervi - 8/22/2009
I have never met the Allsop family as a whole, but I have met a member of that family, who was full of brightness, ingenuity, adventure and love. We have had the pleasure of meeting Brett, who had these qualities, and displayed them right away without really knowing us. Thank you for making Esther happy!
You illuminate us!
Thank you!

All our Love,
Tiara and Chris

Posted by: Peter & Hope Cochran - 8/22/2009
Our prayers are with the Allsop family, Amy and the kids. We have wonderfully happy memories of Brett: from stop-overs at the Flannery's in Lake Oswego when on the journey from Bellingham to Stanford for school, six-pack fridays at Cedro from our cozy office behind the auto-dealership, the Trooper stuffed (6? 7 people plus luggage and a booth?) on the way to Reno and the OR show, NM plane hopping for a beautiful wedding, and more recent catch-up meetings at the Stanford reunion and in Seattle. The entrepreneurial twinkle in his blue eyes, infectious unbounded optimism, and generous spirit will live on in our memories.

Posted by: Bruce Borenstein - 8/22/2009
I've known Brett since he was just a boy during my days as an Allsop rep. I had the good fortune of being at the family compound in Bellingham when Buss was alive and saw firsthand the close knit family that bridged several generations.
Brett was also a colleague on the CEA accessories board where his intellect and vision was appreciated by all who worked with him He was taken from all of us way too soon. May strength in family and the support of friends bring comfort during this very difficult time.

Posted by: Thomas Rowe - 8/22/2009
My thoughts in memory of Brett go out to the entire Allsop Family , from our Family

Thomas Rowe
Lake Tahoe/Honolulu

Posted by: Larry Walters - 8/22/2009
We were going to be boating with Brett, Riley and Aspen from Thursday until tomorrow, Sunday. This is just the saddest thing. When Brett got out on the boat he would turn into such a little kid. He was full of such enthusiasm and joy to be out on the water with his family and friends.

The past four years we have taken our families to Deer Harbor to celebrate the fourth of July. One time he walked away from the main party and I found him all by himself, with the cover off my outboard, tools all over the place grinning ear to ear. He was bound and determined to get that thing working so we could take the kids out crabbing. When he wasn't doing engine work for me, he was always out on the dock, helping his kids net fish and talking to friends or manning the barbecue. These are the images of Brett that will remain with me. We are going to miss him very much.

Posted by: Mrs. Linda White - 8/22/2009
Riley and Aspen~~I am so saddened about the loss of your sweet dad. I got to meet him a couple of times at Happy Valley, but I got to know him most when I worked for a children's dentist here in town and your dad was a patient of mine. He always wanted to be older than he was and one time I asked him how old he was and he responded "I am five and five quarters!". That was a phrase that I got such a kick out of and never forgot. You are each special kids and I will keep you and your mom in my thoughts and prayers. Miss ya at Happy Valley!

Posted by: Marion (Kanitz) Shulkin - 8/22/2009
I had a locker right next to Brett Freshman year at Sehome High. He was always friendly, kind and funny. A few weeks ago at our 20 year reunion I was lucky to get the chance to catch up with him and I was glad to see he still had that sparkle. It was great to see him at the reunion picnic as well with his beautiful children - being a father - passing on his kindness. I'm so sad he is gone and my heart goes out to his family.

Posted by: Larry Walters - 8/22/2009
We were going to be boating with Brett, Riley and Aspen from Thursday until tomorrow, Sunday. This is just the saddest thing. When Brett got out on the boat he would turn into such a little kid. He was full of such enthusiasm and joy to be out on the water with his family and friends.

The past four years we have taken our families to Deer Harbor to celebrate the fourth of July. One time he walked away from the main party and I found him all by himself, with the cover off my outboard, tools all over the place grinning ear to ear. He was bound and determined to get that thing working so we could take the kids out crabbing. When he wasn't doing engine work for me, he was always out on the dock, helping his kids net fish and talking to friends or manning the barbecue. These are the images of Brett that will remain with me. We are going to miss him very much.

Posted by: brooks friedland - 8/22/2009
You were exceptional in every way. Attached is the last photo i took on sunday last weekend with brett and daughter and she had just lost her tooth. I sent the photo to May I see you again someday soon. We miss you. Brooks and family

Posted by: The Robertshaw Family - 8/22/2009
Brett - the journey was a real pleasure - from when Riley and Phoebe were at Maria Gray together in Richmond to more recently after we moved to Vancouver. We both shared a great sense of adventure and there was no better place to be than the Pacific North West - your family's advice when we bought our first boat, going to the Seattle Boat Show, the weekends skiing in Whistler, days at the Lake, boating, the advice given and shared on Venture Capital and Property, the start up of Yapta - just some of the great memories - thanks for them all. A man who burned the candle at both ends and in the middle - you will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with your family.
John, Philippa, Phoebe, Holly & Archie x

Posted by: Kristi & Steve Bowers - 8/22/2009
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Brett's passing. He was fondly renamed "Turbo" by us because of his energy and and drive to make his ideas come to life. We will remember Brett as a full of life guy! Thoughts and prayers are with the Allsop family and in particular Riley and Aspen!
Take precious care,
The Bowers family (Kristi, Steve, Nolan & Emma)

Posted by: Ray Ootsey and Family - 8/22/2009
To the Allsop Family;
Our deepest condolences to the family in your time of grief; I've only know Brett for a short time but in that time I learned a lot. He always made you feel like family. I want to thank the entire Allsop family and say My God be with you and the children.
our prayers are with your family.

Posted by: Katharine Bothel - 8/23/2009
It is difficult to find any words that can provide comfort or explanation for this tragic and horrible event. My heart goes out to you - Ryan, Tina, Riley, Aspen, Mike, Maya - all of the Allsops. You have always made a huge impression on me as a family that have huge hearts with lots of love and I know you can survive this.

A memory that I had previously treasured and will forever hold dear is from when I was working at Allsop, under the leadership of Brett. He had recently promoted me and within weeks of that promotion, I became pregnant, very unexpectedly. When it was time to tell Brett, I was SO nervous as I knew that the birth of my child would likely mean me stepping away from Allsop either temporarily or permanently.
Brett's character spoke volumes to me when upon telling him I was pregnant, he cried tears of joy for me. I have and will NEVER forget that moment as he celebrated with me about this new life I was carrying. And in that moment, I knew that despite his personal business drive & success, it is family & friends and those little life moments that mattered the most to him.

Posted by: Ryan Grissom - 8/23/2009
I am deeply saddened by the news of Brett's passing. My condolences go out to the Allsop family and friends. A flood of memories have come back this morning from my first meeting with Brett. I recall interviewing
at Cedro/SportSite and listening to him pitch me on what his ideas and plans were for the company. I honestly wasn't sure
about the biz plan and concept from the written description but meeting Brett made me believe. More than anything his passion
and energy towards the idea just blew me away. At that time I had never met anyone of his age (same as me) that could see as far as he could
with what was to come. Those early years and the times leading up to the launch of Fogdog are still some of the best professional
experiences of my life to date. Never have I been surrounded by so many fun, intelligent, passionate and hard working people. Brett was the catalyst
for all this. And for the opportunity and experience I will always be grateful to him.

Ryan Grissom

Posted by: Andrew Moquin - 8/23/2009
Mike & Maya,

The experience of deep grief at the loss of my dear wife was one thing, however, I cannot imagine the grief of losing a loving son in the prime of his life. My heart and soul along with my sympathy and prayers goes out to you and your family. Somehow may the love and support of your family and friends bring you some some comfort at this tragic loss. Brett's memory and smile will long endure as his spirit lives on.


Posted by: Marnie and Tony Hansen - 8/23/2009
Dearest Allsop Family,

We are so sorry for your loss! We will always remember Brett from his infectious smile to his bright blue eyes, not to mention his friendly personality to all. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers! Know that our hearts are with you!

Marnie, Tony, Mac and Colby Hansen

Posted by: Maia Richardson - 8/23/2009
I enjoyed seeing Brett at our reunion earlier this month. He was so happy to see everyone and enthusiastically recounted memories of coming to my home in preschool and elementary school to press apple juice and see the lambs. He was excited to know my parents were still there and wanted to bring his kids over to share the experience. I'm so sorry he will not be able to.

Posted by: Mindy Czarnowski - 8/23/2009
My condolences to the Allsop family. I went to Sehome with Brett, but didn't know him. I know now that he is in peace. I was very shocked to hear about this. He was only 38. How said. My thoughts are with you, and againg my condolences to all who loved him

Posted by: Kim Underwood - 8/23/2009
My deepest sympathy to you all for such a tragic loss! I haven't had the pleasure of seeing Bret since high school, but I remember his beautiful smile, friendly personality, and positive attitude like it was yesterday. May his memory live on through the smiles and joy he brought to those around him.

Posted by: Trish - 8/23/2009
God bless the Allsop family and Brett's children. What a legacy this man has left for his children. I went to Sehome with Brett and my heart is heavy with the loss of such an upstanding human being leaving so soon.

Posted by: Richard Hsia - 8/23/2009
He is a charismatic leader who is capable of lighten up the team spirit with ideas. For long time, I¡¦ve not seen such brilliant soul. I am the person with soft heart, yet he had proven me a soft heart can be very strong and influential and always reaching out to help others. My deepest regret is not able to exert myself for him again. He is a great son, father, colleague, and friend and shall not be forgotten.

Posted by: Peter and Valerie Aylen - 8/23/2009
Dear Mike and Maya
We are very grateful that you have chosen to share the comments and outpouring of grief from friends and colleagues who knew Brett
What a wonderful tribute to him and for his children to someday be able to read all the wonderful comments about their Dad is just very special
We are still so shaken by this horrific tragedy . It is really every parent's worst nightmare and we grieve for you and with you
Our deepest sympathy to all your
Love Peter and Valerie

Posted by: Tiffany Gutierrez - 8/23/2009
Dear Riley and Aspen,
My heart goes out to you both during this difficult time. You and your entire family are in my prayers. Carson and I are so sad for your loss.
Mrs. Gutierrez
Wade King Elementary

Posted by: Rip Hanks - 8/24/2009
My deepest condolences go out to the family. Brett was a wonderful and a truly inspirational person. He will be greatly missed and will live in our memories forever.


Posted by: David & Nancy Ingemie - 8/24/2009
MIke, Maya, Amy, the entire Allsop family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Posted by: James Lee - 8/24/2009
My deepest condolences go out to the family.
LIXIN CORP. one of ALLSOP¡¦s vendor in China. I met Brett last December during his visit to my company. I could not believe the news of Brett¡¦s passing. We had great talk, like an old friend even in the first met. I respect him for his optimism, friendliness, and enthusiasm in business. Just planning to visit him next month, however, it becomes the longest distance ¡K
Thank you Brett for your support, always miss you, my friend!

Posted by: Christopher Stagg - 8/24/2009
I will never forget the first time I met Brett in Toronto.

All I could think about was.... now there is a guy that I want to work with. Incredible passion, great thinker, full of ideas.... all I could think of was WOW!

My heart goes out to the entire Allsop family. That includes all of the blood relatives as well as the family members at Allsop the company. There isn't any doubt in my mind that if he touched me the way he did, he must of had an incredible impact with those he was able to spend more time with.

Brett, we will all miss you tremendously here North of the 49th.... at a point like this words just don't seem to be able to measure up to the man.

Posted by: Michael Burns - 8/24/2009
Dear Mike, Maya and Family,
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you during this enormously difficult time. Although it has been many years, we will always remember and cherish the wonder times we shared together at Georgia Point and Lake Whatcom. Your memories and love for Brett will carry you forward and the thoughts and prayers of your family and friends will help to comfort you in the days ahead.
With our deepest condolences.
Michael Burns and Family,

Posted by: Koll Hagen - 8/24/2009
Dear Mike,
My condolences to you and your family, I wish you strength through good memories and thoughts.

So sorry Mike for your loss,
G. Koll Hagen

Posted by: Paul Martinson - 8/24/2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Allsop family.

Posted by: Kris Petersen - 8/24/2009
Although it's been many years since I had Brett as a student, my memories are only positive. It was at Whatcom Middle School that I started meeting the Allsops. Brett was kind to all and such a positive person. I never heard a negative word come out of his mouth. His smile was contagious. It truly saddened me to think that the community of Bellingham has lost a wonderful person and business man. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, kids and family.

Posted by: Karen (Twitchell) Petersen - 8/24/2009
Brett will be so missed by so many people. He clearly touched every person he met. We became friends way back in 7th grade, when we were in the same science class and did our homework together on the phone. All through middle and high school, Brett remained a person who conducted himself with kindness and integrity. Every person who knew him, even at that young age, was touched by his energetic, kind way. He was a very gifted and blessed person, and he was also one of the most hard-working and generous people I've known. I only hope that my own sons have some of the wonderful qualities that Brett had. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Posted by: Ashton Toctocan - 8/24/2009
Dear Aspen,
I am sorry you lost your daddy. You can share mine if you want.

Your Friend,

Ashton Toctocan

Posted by: Mark & Valentina Giovannetti - 8/24/2009
Our sincerest condolences to the wonderful Allsop family. The love you shared was evident to all of us who were fortunate enough to have met you. May Brett's memory be eternal.

Posted by: Michael Levy - 8/25/2009
My deepest condolences at this sad and difficult time. When I joined Performance-Plus Marketing in 1980, Allsop tape cleaners were a foundation line of our company. Working with Buss,
Jim and Mike was a priviledge and always a ton of fun (including salmon
Bar-B-Que concerts in Aspen). Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Allsop family.

Posted by: Larry Johnson - 8/25/2009
To the Allsop family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It was a joy to watch Brett grow up over the years and eventually join the family business. He touched a lot of people in many different ways, but never did he stray from his goals. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Our sincere condolences,
Larry & Kim

Posted by: Gene & Karen Terrell - 8/25/2009
We have been blessed with the friendship of the Allsop family and can not begin to express how devastated we were to hear of Brett's passing. Our first real memories of Brett are of the high school Ski to Sea teams our boys put together.

We pray the day will come when you can feel richer in having shared his passion and exuberance for family, business and life in general rather than poorer in having lost him much too soon.
Brett will be missed. Our condolences to all of you.

Riley & Aspen: When rainbows appear know that it is the brilliance of your Daddy's smile looking down on you.

Posted by: Rosa Wang - 8/25/2009
Dear Allsop family,

It is hard to believe that Brett left us. It is really sad and shack to learn this news. We always remember his shinny smile. And know Brett was a truly amazing person to everyone who know him. Taiwan Bor Ying Corporation like to bring our deep sympathy to Allsop family. And believe Brett continue live in our heart !

Stella, Rosa and TBY all memebers

Posted by: G. Harris - 8/25/2009
Only met Brett a couple times, but he was one of those people you don't forget. A bright light in the community and, most importantly, a great father. We are truly sorry.

Posted by: Bea and Sam Hellis - 8/25/2009
We only knew Brett in his early years, seeing him at Ryan's soccer games and watching the hi-jinks around the lake, but his handsome smile and wonderful enthisiasm will always be remembered. We know from all the acolades that he grew to be an outstanding young man and that he will be sorely missed by many dear friends and his beloved family. All of the Allsops and especially Maya, Mike, and Ryan are in our thoughts. We hope that memories of happier times will give you all some measure of solace and help you through these tragic days.

Posted by: Mark Rowland - 8/25/2009
To the Allsop Family - I am very sorry for your loss. I first "met" Brett when he passed me right before the finish line at the '86 State Cross Country Meet. We went on to run together at Stanford. Last year we reconnected when he launched Yapta, and we talked of getting the families together. I'm sorry that will not happen. Brett was immensely talented and I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him over the years. Again...I'm very sorry. Brett will be missed.

Posted by: John Smith - 8/25/2009
I am saddened by the news of the loss of your brother.
My prayers and wishes go out to you and your family.


John Smith

Posted by: Trisha Ambrose - 8/25/2009
Dear Mike, Maya, and the extended Allsop family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. The world has lost a truly gifted, wonderful, person.

My deepest condolences,
Trish Ambrose

Posted by: Ed Carlson - 8/26/2009
We at EB Carlson Marketing are greatly saddeden by the loss of our friend. Brett brought enthusiam and optimism to business - something that is rare today. Our condolences to to the Allsop family - and his extended family - the employees and associates of his companies.

Posted by: Jim Sully - 8/26/2009
Good Kid, My heart aches for you all.....

Posted by: Scott Wilson - 8/26/2009
Brett was a superb human being and it was an honor to know and work with him. His energy, creativity, generosity and compassion touched all who knew him. My deepest condolences go to the wonderful Allsop clan.

Posted by: Bob & Melinda Yost - 8/26/2009
Our sincere sympathy to the entire Allsop family. We are so sorry for your loss.
The Yost Family

Posted by: Sabine - 8/26/2009
Brett will live on through all of us who knew him and were inspired by him. His spirit of generosity, determination, empathy, and love of life will not be forgotten. My sympathy and support go out to Brett's family.

I smile as I remember Brett in high school with a huge grin on his face launching waterballoons at our boat from his deck.

Sabine Brueske (Molden), Sehome '89 classmate

Posted by: Alex and Sam Stieda - 8/26/2009
Dear Mike, Maya, Ryan and families,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Brett's passing, Sully sent us an email today. We can't imagine the sorrow you all must be feeling right now. We remember Brett as such a wonderful, polite young man who took such an interest in everyone he met. Brett had so many amazing qualities and it is clear by the legacy he has left that he was fulfilling each and everyone of them. Our hearts ache for you at the loss of your precious boy and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you right now.
With much sorrow,
Alex, Sam, Kalie and A.J.

Posted by: Carlie Casey - 8/26/2009
Dear Allsop Clan,
Just saw the news today of the loss of Brett. What a shock! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you all in this time of loss.

Posted by: Esther - 8/26/2009
Aspen & Riley, your wonderful daddy always told me that you two are the most important thing in his life. His love for you was so can't even begin to imagine how much he loved you. He always talked about you to me because he was so very proud of you both. He will always be watching over you, and he will always love you very, very, very much...

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of love... the Light of the World to

Posted by: Denise and Jim Gunn - 8/26/2009
Mike, Maya, & Ryan,
We have never met, our hearts go out to you, you raised a wonderful man that raised wonderful children!.
Brett will be so missed, I do not think there was ever a time, he did not have an infectious smile on his face. Amy Aspen and Riley we are sending huge hugs! May you all come to find, some peace in the days to come!

Posted by: Dante Crosetto - 8/27/2009
THIS EMAIL IS FROM DANTE CROSETTO, age 6, as dictated more or less to his father Fred Crosetto

Mr. Allsop,
I was very sad to learn that you died. I wanted to come to your funeral but I had to go to China to start school. I am in 1st grade this year.

I will miss you staying at our house and having pancakes with me. I wanted to show you my new trains.

My dad and I did not get to come see you in Bellingham this Summer. I wanted to help you and your brother work on your boat. I road a whitewhater raft this Summer in Glacier National Park. Next Summer my dad says we can go help your brother wash the boat since he will need some help. I also want to come see your grave to say a prayer.

I will miss you and I wish you could still come see us in China. My family and I have said prayers for you. I know that I will see you in heaven and that you are watching over me.

Your friend,
Dante Crosetto

*"Mr. Allsop," as Brett was called at the Crosetto's was one of Dante's favorite visitors to our home in China. Brett had a wonderful way with Dante. Perhaps it was their mutual kinetic energy and inquisitive minds. "Mr. Allsop" will live on in all the Crosetto's memories.

Posted by: Sharon and Ron Kleinknecht - 8/27/2009
Dear Maya and Mike,
We wish to extend our heart felt condolences on the passing of Brett. We know this is every parent's worst nightmare come true. We pray that you will have the strength to hold up under such a devastating loss and that you can enjoy some small pleasure in remembering Brett at his best.

Posted by: Troy Curran - 8/27/2009
Mike & Maya,
Cori and I can't express how sorry we are for your loss. Brett was obviously truly loved and will be missed by many. All our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

Posted by: Curt Yamamoto TJCSM - 8/27/2009
We were extremely saddened to hear of Brett's passing. Truly tragic. Our sincer condolences to the Allsop family.

Posted by: Dean Brett - 8/27/2009
Brett was a typical Allsop: athletic, intelligent, adventurous and entreprenurial. In Seattle, power breakfasts are held at the Palm Court at the Four Seasons. But in Bellingham I enjoyed watching Brett at the weekly Allsop power breakfasts in a wooden booth at the Old Town Cafe with Ryan and Jim, planning their week in a relaxed, friendly, family manner. (Bill Coats and I meet weekly at the other end of the Cafe.) I will miss Brett every Tuesday morning.

Posted by: Rob - 8/27/2009
Mike, Maya, Ryan and Tina
Having been around you guys for the last twenty five years has shown us the importance, priority and love you have for each and every member of your family and our hearts truly ache for you at this time. Brett's gentle manner, optimism and bright smile will be missed by all. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Rob and Lynda

Posted by: Kirk & Karen Ghio - 8/27/2009
We had the pleasure of spending 2 days with Brett a few days prior to his passing and we were both struck by how kind and how devoted he was to his friends and to his beautiful children, Aspen and Riley. We are so sad for you; know that not a day doesn't go by when we don't think of all of you.

Posted by: Howie Chow - 8/27/2009
I'm still in shock. I am so sad that I can't make the service today. I am glad that I got to see you at Rob and Kat's wedding and at Reunion. It had been too long before that. I will miss your ready smile, your optimism and your good heart. Amy and my thoughts are with Aspen, Riley, Amy and your family. HFF.

Posted by: Marisa Badovinus Woodley - 8/27/2009
My heart goes out to the Allsop family today. I know that Mike, Maya, Brett and Ryan are an extremely closely knit family, and I cannot imagine the impact of this terrible loss. I am thinking of everyone gathering today who loved Brett and know that the zest with which he embraced life and the memories he made with those that loved him will never be forgotten. With sympathy and gratitude for knowing him,
Marisa Badovinus and her whole extended family

Posted by: Rob Langstaff - 8/28/2009
I had the opportunity to meet Brett during his FogDog days. He came over to Japan where I was living and we discussed starting a FogDog Japan subsidiary. We spent a few days together there and then I met with him and the team at Redwood City.

Brett impressed me with his intellect and humbleness. He was highly competitive yet cooperative, a high achiever who was interested in the well being of all around him.

I am saddened by the news of his death and my prayers go out to his family.

Rob Langstaff

Posted by: Dave Kent - 8/28/2009
Dear 'Iron' Mike;

I only know you through a few, but very special ski trips with our mutual friend Pat Harrington. It was a privilege to make your acquaintance.

I was shocked and saddened to hear about your loss of your son. Seeing Brett's images and reading about him on has only deepened that feeling.

My very, sincerest condolences. Dave Kent

Posted by: Terri Jones - 8/31/2009
To the Allsop family,
My sincere condolences to the entire Allsop family. I worked with Brett at Allsop, Inc, and he always had an amazing positive attitude and sunny dispostion.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Debbie Biery - 8/31/2009
I only met Brett recently at the McCurdy Cup on Lake Washington. From the moment we were officially introduced I was hooked. He was so engaging, positive, interesting, intelligent, and so in to his kids. I was so looking forward to getting to know him and his family better. I am so sorry and so deeply saddened by this. He was obviously so special and so deeply loved by everyone who met him. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Hitesh Mehta - 9/1/2009
The Allsop Family
I was very upset to hear of the tragedy that has befallen your family. I was a Partner at Amadeus in London and Brett worked with me on a couple of investment opportunities. He was great guy - straightforward, bright and honest.
I enjoyed our time together both professionally and socially. I offer his family my sincerest condolences.


Posted by: Mike Anderson - 9/2/2009
My deepest condolences to all the Allsop family. I was lucky enough to be able to share some time with Brett not so long ago before I left town. Of course, he treated me as a long lost friend versus someone who just used to date one of his employees. A fine man from a wonderful family. God Bless.

Mike Anderson Bellingham/Dallas TX

Posted by: Roger Reynolds - 9/3/2009
A man that had achieved so much, yet was always so humble and interested in hearing what someone had to say. Our recent discussions about transitions in life was so valuable to me and revealed the heart behind the man. will live on in all whom you have touched. Bless you.

Posted by: Tom Giovanelli - 9/3/2009
Mike, Maya and the Allsop family: I am so sorry to read about Brett. What a wonderful man he became, I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a lot of Buz Allsop in him, what a great enrtreprunuer!! My last memory of Brett was watching him go down lucky shot run in a total tuck never turning or slowing once.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Jonathan Bishop - 9/5/2009
The Allsop Family
Brett was the type of leader that I believe we can all look up to and it was evident everyday I was an intern at Allsop, Inc. I found myself in more then one situation where he went out of his way to recognize my efforts at the company and show an encouraging curiosity in my future. We all should remember his enthusiasm, inspiration and kindness. I hope that my prayers have already been answered by guiding you through these difficult times.

Posted by: Greg Pedone - 9/8/2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Allsop family, Amy, Riley and Aspen.
From a professional side I remember Brett as a leader, teacher and visionary. From a personal side I remember Brett as a fun, energetic guy who loved life. I worked for Brett at Cedro Group/Fogdog Sports and for that I will be forever grateful. He was always there to listen or help along the way. I remember all the times we spent late in the office or arond the country at the Outdoor Retailer Show, Interbike, SuperShow or Ski Show.

As a dad with two daughters, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for the family but most especially his children. Riley and Aspen your dad was a special man and I know he is watching over you now and will always be at your side. Remember all the good times you had with your dad, he loves you very much.

Posted by: Victoria Anderson - 9/10/2009
We only heard the news yesterday and are very sad for the Allsop family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We met Amy, Brett, Riley and Aspen while living in England and always knew Brett to be a super dad. He always had such an infectious smile. God bless you Brett.
Ben, Victoria, Thomas and Antonia Anderson

Posted by: Ann in San Diego - 9/10/2009
Dear Allsop family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. The Yapta site is so brilliant, and so helpful to so many people. It is very sad to learn that the man behind it died so prematurely. I'm sure he had much more to contribute to the world.

May he rest in peace.

Posted by: David Manser - 9/16/2009
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I only had the honor and pleasure of meeting Brett on a few occasions during my my time with Allsop Waterford, but I can honestly say I'll remember all of them. Brett was an inspiration to all who knew him. D.

Posted by: Jacqueline Martini - 9/17/2009
I was recently advised of Brett’s passing and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Brett in London and although it was only for a couple of years I remember Brett as always’ having a smile on his face and his love for his kids. I am honoured to have known him. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Allsop family for this devastating loss.

Posted by: David Prokop - 10/8/2009
I wasn't a friend of Brett's,

Two years ago, Brett and I spent a few weeks negotiated the licensing of my patent to protect the Ergo heat Therapy gel mousepad and wristrest. It was a new innovative product that Brett was championing. We went back and forth with terms and counter terms, long emails and long phone calls. In the end, I signed the agreement because I grew to like Brett and how professional and creative he was in his thinking and because I developed a great deal of trust and respect for Brett. He was a tough negotiator, reasonable, and professional.

To those of you who were friends of Brett's, are lucky, I envy you. I wish Brett could have been my friend.

My deepest condolences to the Allsop Family.
David Prokop
Sammamish, WA

Posted by: Dan Coghlin - 10/26/2009
Happy Birthday, Brett. We miss you.

Posted by: Manola and Antonio - 11/10/2009
We will really miss you. It was very hard for us not being able to say good-bye. We will never forget our long and insightful conversations. All our love goes to your family. Our prayers are with you!

Posted by: Grigori M. Sergeevich - 12/7/2009
I am shocked and I can't believe, why does god take those smart and talented people from us, why does god take those who is smart enough to go through with this life. It really seems to me and I am sure that Brett was a talented and educated person. I have never met him, but from his biography it really sounds that he had big plans in this life. I am sure Brett's brother will continue on with Yapta and Yapta will become nationally recognized company and everyone will know the history of it. I am really sorry for Brett's family!
Please accept my sincere condolences.

Cordially yours,

Grigori M. Sergeevich
Dlinked LLC.

Posted by: Daniel Farinha - 2/10/2010
I was searching online today and came across a posting about Brett. I was only fortunate to meet him once but found comfort that his spirit and innovation can live on and keep on influencing people to strive for a better world.

Thanks Brett

Posted by: Mike and Maya Allsop - 8/18/2010
Today is the anniversary of Brett's death. We
thank all of you for your incredible support and the kind words you have written on this page.

Riley and Aspen are doing well in school and in life but they miss their daddy everyday.
We will keep him close in our hearts forever.
Maya and Mike