Brian graduated from Drexel High School in Drexel, Mo. He attended Fort Scott Community College and Missouri State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration.
Brian accepted employment with the Missouri State Water Patrol in January 1999, where he was assigned as a patrolman to District 4 on the beautiful Current and Jacks Fork rivers in Shannon County, Mo.
Brian was promoted to the rank of corporal on Dec. 16, 2004, and then to sergeant on April 1, 2006, and was proud of District 4 and those he supervised.
Brian felt that education was imperative to being successful and strived to obtain multiple certifications and trainings that he put to use by instructing defensive tactics, drug enforcement and firearms at the Missouri State Water Patrol Academy and in the field.
Brian was founder of the Missouri Chartered Non-Profit Organization -- Parents Against Child Abuse (P.A.C.A.) and worked diligently to educate the public on the topic of child abuse and assisting victims of abuse. He was instrumental in the passing of Missouri House Bill 863, known as the Child Witness Protection Act.
Brian was united in marriage to Donna Bennett on March 10, 2001. They have three daughters, Nicole, Makayla and Peyton. Brian loved watching his daughters participate in their sporting activities and attended all events possible. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping and loved spending time with his family and many friends.
Brian accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 8 and was a member of the Drexel Baptist Church in Drexel, Mo. He loved the Lord, gospel music, sharing the word of God and his testimony with others. Brian attended the First Baptist Church and the Fellowship Tabernacle Church in Eminence, Mo.
Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Pearlie Poore, Richard Shelton, and Herb and Beulah Leadstrom.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, and three daughters, Nicole, Makayla and Peyton of Eminence, Mo; parents, John and Martha Shelton of Drexel, Mo; one brother, J. Travis Shelton of Fort Scott, Kan.; one sister, Stephanie Finley and husband Steve of Hume, Mo; mother and father-in-laws, Clifford and Ruby Rainbolt of Eminence and Donnie and Regina Bennett of Hoxie, Ark., sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws and many nieces, nephews and family members. Brian will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at the Eminence High School Gymnasium in Eminence, Mo., with Rev. Randy Ferguson and Terry Richardson officiating.
Interment was in New Eminence Cemetery in Eminence, Mo., under the direction of Duncan Funeral Homes.