Brian Thomas Bixler, 22, was born in Torrance to Tim and Virginia Bixler on August 17, 1994. He was raised in the Hollyglen neighborhood of Hawthorne and lived there his entire life. Brian attended the Wiseburn schools and graduated from Da Vinci Science High School. After high school he attended Cal Poly Pomona and then El Camino College, while working in the hospitality business. Brian had varied interests throughout his life. As a very young boy, he was fascinated with insects, bugs and reptiles. He enjoyed his pet bearded dragon lizard and a beautiful black Labrador Retriever named Jake. He later developed an interest in gardening which quickly transitioned to a desire for fresh vegetables and then ultimately a passion for cooking when he was 10. He had a chefs pallet and cooked gourmet dishes for family and guests. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends. Brian passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in Hermosa Beach, California. He was a beautiful, gentle, fun loving young man with an amazing spirit and a big heart. Brian is survived by parents Timothy and Virginia Bixler and sister Sarah. He is also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Brian leaves many happy memories with all who loved him. A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. A reception follows immediately in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, and if you are so inclined, we ask that you consider donations to Young Life (

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  1. Virginia, Tim and Sarah I am sending prayers and thoughts of comfort to you all and will continue to do so. I am so very sorry for you loss.

  2. My heart goes out to you. Words cannot convey the ache I feel and only can imagine your pain. Sending you love and prayers. Judy Rabska

  3. Virginia, Tim and Sarah, at this very difficult time, it is impossible for me to fathom your pain and suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Virginia, Tim & Sarah, There are no words to express our sorrow. We just want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending our love, Marti, Ray & Chrissy

  5. Virginia, My prayers are with your entire family; it is still surreal to me. As was wished by the family I made a donation to the organization of your choice.

  6. To the Bixler Family, I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace and strength during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

  7. My heart is breaking for the Bixler family. My daughter and I spent many fun times with the Bixler’s when our children were young. I have such found memories of those times. Brian was really such a loving child.

  8. The entire Lozano family is hurting. Parents and children have grown together and now we have lost a special member of our family. Prayers to Virginia, Tim, Sarah and the entire family. Lozano Family

  9. Dear Virginia, Tim & Sarah, There are no words to express our sorrow and sadness. Our thoughts and love are with you and your family.From Asya and Mike.

  10. We are so very sorry. I remember his cooking passion as a young boy and knew that was such a special gift. Prayers for God’s comfort to the Bixler family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you.

  11. Tim, Virginia, and Sarah – Norm and I send you our love and heartfelt prayers that you may find the strength you need to get through each day, each hour, each moment. Brian’s light will forever shine in our hearts.

  12. Dear Virginia and Tim We were so sad to hear of your terrible loss. It is beyond words! We cannot imagine the grief. You have a lot of people around you who care about you and love you. We hope that helps. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Deb and Rami

  13. Our heartfelt sympathies to Tim, Virginia and Sarah. Have been and will be praying for you all. You will get the strength from God and of course Brian will be with you always in spirit. Hard to imagine your grief. Stay strong. Thinking about you, Tom and Sushila

  14. Virginia and Tim. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Brian. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan Adams

  15. My name is Andre and I’m so sorry brain was my blood brotha i considered him family he was a amazing person and we had such big Bond and we told each other that we would risk are life’s for each other if one of us was in danger and we had Plenty plenty of amazing memories during the five years of knowing brain and I going to miss him forever and no more thing he was such a caring Person with a amazing personality and I feel honored to have had him in my life amen to he’s soul love you brain and Rest In Peace and in haven too love you forever brother from Andre

  16. I used to work with Brian. I have many fond memories of closing shop with him. He had a great sense of humor and was always there to make the most of every moment. I’ll never forget how much he affected everyone around him. Al the love towards his family and friends. My prayers as well. God Bless.

  17. I worked with Tim at The Aerospace Corporation, a decade or so ago, and grew to respect his knowledge, integrity and gracious demeanor. I can’t imagine a more difficult loss. I would like to add my heartfelt condolences to Tim Virginia and family.

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