Briggs MacRae Dorian-Lawrence

4/30/2002 ~ 1/5/2022

Briggs MacRae Dorian-Lawrence died Wednesday, January 5, 2022.  He was 19 years old.  He came into this world at 11 lbs 8 ounces and left this world standing at 6’5”.

Briggs left home at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning en route to Center for Change.  Where he was excited to participate in outpatient treatment for his eating disorder.  At 7:40 a.m. in Spanish Fork Canyon (Utah) he drifted over the center line into oncoming traffic, colliding head on with a truck (auto truck trailer).  He died instantly.

Briggs was born on April 30, 2002 in Edmonds, Washington.  He and his mother moved to Lawrence, KS in 2007 (his father arrived soon after) where he attended Raintree Montessori School for seven plus years.  In 2015 he and his mother moved to Mount Pleasant, Utah where Briggs attended 8th grade at Wasatch Academy Middle School (WAMS).   They moved to Atlanta in July of 2016.  Briggs attended his freshman year at Riverwood International Charter School, he spent his sophomore and junior years at the Lovett School.  After the death of his Aunt Pam (Dorian) Campbell, Briggs and his mother returned to Mount Pleasant where Briggs spent his senior year.  Briggs graduated with the Wasatch Academy class of 2020.  In August of the same year, Briggs began his journey at Rochester Institute of Technology with what he called “his people” in Rochester, NY.  He was a second year student at RIT at the time of his death.

Like his parents, Briggs had an interest in, and talent for, music.  He began playing the viola in fourth grade where he performed with the Spring Hill (KS) Orchestras.  Music was always a large part of his life.  He had enjoyed many accomplishments on the viola.  Some highlights of his musical career include mentoring and coaching for the String Orchestra of Decatur and Atlanta (SODA), six years of wonderful experiences at the High Plains Music Camp at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, playing the Messiah in December 2021 at Snow College (Utah), and his final performance, with the Dorian String Quartet this past Christmas Eve with Claudia, Graham, and his mother Sarah.  In addition to the viola, Briggs was an avid composer of string music and creating and performing digital music.

Briggs’s profound passion for computer science, programming and gaming, was beyond a deep passion, it inspired his days.  Briggs was a virtuosic digital native. He had an astonishing comprehension of all things computers and was fluent in numerous programming languages.  These passions culminated in the creation of his own (computer) server, in his attendance at RIT, and his prized and cherished 2021 summer IT internship at Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, MO).

Much like his granddad Jim, Briggs had the ability to see the world in multiple dimensions and with a surprising level of detail. He made friends and connections with both the young and the old due to his engaging personality, his deep curiosity and his passion for life.  Briggs was well traveled, he made his home in many different communities, and the outpouring of love that we are now receiving is a testament to the impact he had on us all.

His Funeral Service will be held at 3:30 pm, Monday, January 10th, in the Music Conservatory at Wasatch Academy (at the corner of 100 South and 100 West, the former Presbyterian Church).  The service will be available for streaming.  His Celebration of Life will be held on his birthday, at 2 pm, Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where his ashes will be laid.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation in Briggs’s name to causes dear to Briggs’s heart; including any free and open source software organization, JDRF, the Humane Society (examples of links include:,,

Briggs is survived by his mother, Sarah Dorian (of Mount Pleasant, UT), and his father, Blue Lawrence (of Shawnee, KS) and his brother Austen Julka-Lawrence (30) of Renton, WA, his beloved Bengal cats Hugo and Rosie.  His Aunt Marjorie (Dorian) Adair (Kansas City, MO), her husband Jeff and their children Tess (20) and James (15).  His Uncle Graham Dorian (Atlanta, GA), his wife Jennifer and their daughters Claudia (20) and Rebecca (18).  His Uncle Ted Campbell (North Kansas City, MO), and their children George, Sam, and Caroline.  His Aunt Deb Lawrence (Indianapolis, IN).  His Grandparents James and Rebecca Dorian (Pagosa Springs, CO) and JD and Lois Lawrence (Indianapolis, IN).  Briggs was preceded in death by his cousin Alyssa Joy Campbell and his Aunt Pamela (Dorian) Campbell.

Please see his personal bio at

Live Stream Link

As Briggs would say:

In conclusion,

int main() {

printf(“Goodbye, for now!\n”);

return 0;

Parents contact information:

Blue Lawrence

12309 W 51st St

Shawnee, KS 66216

Sarah Dorian

190 W 100 S

Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

22 Responses to “Briggs MacRae Dorian-Lawrence”

  1. Kathryn Goebel says:

    What a wonderful person he was, so sorry for your loss. My heart and thoughts are with your family.

  2. Jason Yang says:

    Dear Sarah,

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and, most importantly, we love you!

    Please do feel free to let me know if I can be of any help.

    With sympathy and love,

  3. Derek La Shot says:

    To the family of Briggs Dorian-Lawrence,

    Words cannot express how terribly sorry I am to hear about the sudden passing of Briggs. Although I had only occasion to chat with him a few times while he was a student here, he struck me as an incredibly intelligent, articulate and multi-talented young man with a variety of passions and interests. We can all take a lesson from his life in pursuing our personal passions to the utmost every day we all remain alive. If I can do anything to help you during these difficult times, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Derek La Shot

  4. Kim (DeShano) Annello says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of this tragedy. But this memorial was so moving. What a beautiful life that ended far too soon. Sending you prayers and sympathy Sarah and Blue.

  5. Michael Lawless says:

    Very sorry for your loss. You have been a wonderful influence on our son. We grieve for you and your family to lose your son at such a young age.
    Michael & Laura

  6. Joseph Hanks says:

    Briggs was an incredible young man. I was very honored to have him as a student and later as a friend. His knowledge and passion for technology was indubitably profound and remarkable. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Sarah and Blue, I am so sorry that you are going through this immeasurable loss. I am here and available for anything you may need help with. Love you guys!
    Joseph Hanks

  7. Jennifer and John Martello says:

    Dear Sarah: we are shocked and saddened to hear of Brigg’s death. Our little Raintree neighbor and friend. We can’t imagine your pain. May God hold you close and comfort you.
    John, Jennifer, Alfonso and Anna

  8. Jody & Tom Conophy says:

    We are so sincerely sorry to hear about Briggs. Both Sarah and Briggs made a profound difference in our daughter’s life while she was at Wasatch. Briggs was one of the most kind, intelligent young man any of us has ever met and he has left this earth far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah and Blue.

  9. Kym Gibbs says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend, during this time. I am at a loss for words as I can’t imagine everything you’re going through and will be going through. Please know I am thinking about you and praying for your strength. Love you, Sarah.

  10. Kevin Farrell says:

    My heart aches. Briggs was very special & talented. So loved by his family and friends. He was taken too soon as he was just starting to make his beautiful mark in our world. Hug each other tighter & longer each day knowing that it is for Briggs.

  11. Debbie Lund says:

    Sarah…I am AnneMarie’s mom. I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories of your son bring peace and comfort to you during this difficult time. ❤ Rest in peace Briggs…🙏


    Blue, We are so very sorry to hear about your son, Briggs.
    May you find the strength and peace you need in your wonderful memories, and in the Love that will be with you always. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Patty and Uncle Charlie

  13. Oh, Sarah, our hearts go out to you and your family. Briggs was such an extraordinary person. We hope that the memories you have of him will sustain you through this very difficult time and beyond. Please know we are thinking of you and holding you closely in our hearts. Sending much love and many, many hugs.
    With love Lleanna, Keith and family, our staff and all Briggs’ friends at Raintree

  14. Paula (DeShano) Androsky says:

    Blue – There are no words to help you and Sarah and family through this tragedy. You can know that there is a lot of love and prayers coming your way. Know also that you raised a wonderful young man who loved his life. As you know, we have lots of people who were waiting for Briggs up in Heaven and who will take very good care of him. He, in turn, will now watch over you and take very good care of you. If you listen, you will hear him. He is okay now. I love you very much. Paula

  15. Melanie & Eric Stallings says:

    Our heart goes out to you and your family and all that knew and loved Briggs. Sending loving thoughts.
    Melanie & Eric

  16. Dear Blue,
    What an unimaginable tragedy. John and I are so very sorry for your loss, your family’s loss. We remember playing ball in the pool with Briggs when we visited – we had such a nice time together! We are holing you in our hearts and wishing you, in time, peace in your hearts. With love, Lisa and John

  17. Sarah, we were so sorry about Briggs. Our hearts are breaking for you. Such a talented and nice young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Praying for peace, comfort, and strength. Love, Frances and Lisa Wargo

  18. Blanca Lamis says:

    Dear Sarah,
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I took care of him so many times in the Lovett infirmary. He was always so kind and respectful. You and your family will be in my prayers. May the memory of your son find a little comfort to you.

    Blanca Lamis

  19. Gretchen Soyski says:

    I had the pleasure to meet Briggs when he joined Campfire USA at Shawnee Mission UU Church. I saw him as a bright, sweet, inquisitive, juggernaut of energy; occupying the world with both eyes wide open, ready, and willing to dive deep into whatever struck his fancy. My heartfelt condolences to Sarah, Blue and his entire family. Please know that he has touched many people. His memory reminds me to live with intention and to never stop learning and growing.

  20. Kathy Eich says:

    Dear Sarah and Blue, Briggs was so lucky to have you both as his parents. Your bright, talented and adventurous spirits, I am certain, had an enormous impact on who he was as a person. My sincerest condolences on your loss. You will be in our hearts and on our minds. Much love to you both. And big hugs to you, my dear friend Sarah.

  21. Gail Campbell-Ferguson says:

    I cried when I read this morning about Briggs’ passing. You and he had such a special relationship. I followed the wonderful trips you had together plus your notes and photos on his and your musical events. You were a GREAT mom and he was a very accomplished and kind son. Thank you for the detailed obituary. It was interesting to read about your various moves and his many accomplishments. My broken heart goes out to you Sarah. May the love and caring of your family and friends strengthen you. ❤️

  22. Jan Bresnahan says:

    Dear Sarah and Blue, I am at a loss trying to find the right words to console you during this difficult time and realize there are none. My hope is that you can take comfort in knowing that Briggs was truly loved by me and the Raintree community. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, who was also wicked smart. Sending many hugs. Love Jan