After defying all odds and surviving years past predictions to the contrary, Brian Orazetti (August 14, 1967 – October 11, 2015) recently lost his valiant fight with brain cancer. Born in Portland, OR, he leaves behind his mother Penny Harrington of Morro Bay, his father Richard Orazetti, brother Ricardo Orazetti, former wife Ronda Seeley-Tappan, aunt Roberta Webber, all from Bend, OR, as well as his uncle Michael Ledyard of Lansing, MI and the mother of his daughter Aine, Siobhan O’Toole of Morro Bay, who is herself also walking with cancer. The light of his life, his beloved daughter Aine Eileen O’Toole of Morro Bay, aged 12, attends Los Osos Middle School locally.
Brian graduated from Beaverton High School in 1985. He then went to Oregon State in Corvallis for one year before transferring to the University of Oregon at Eugene for his undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology which he completed in 1988. Brian continued his studies in law at the Southwestern School of Law, and completing his degree at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clarke, was admitted to the California bar in 1998. Brian practiced for several firms before creating his own practice in Morro Bay in 2006. Specializing in medical malpractice and employment discrimination, Brian loved to fight for the underdog and defend those who could not otherwise protect themselves in court.
Struck with brain cancer twice in 2010, Brian fought his own battle with cancer just as fiercely and, determined to spend more quality time with his family, could often been seen building his strength by walking all around Morro Bay, at the gym and watching sea otters with his daughter Aine near Morro Rock. Having resigned from the California bar in 2011, Brian then led a cancer survivor group at Morro Bay’s Ruby Dragon, a metaphysical center owned by his mother Penny. After four cancer free years, Brain was struck again by the return of the cancer in December of last year. He spent his last days at home in the loving embrace of his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to purchase a memorial bench near Morro Rock where he and Aine spent so many happy hours, or to a college fund for Aine. Donations may be sent to Penny Harrington, 497 Estero Avenue, Morro Bay, CA 93442.