Following their marriage, Courtney and Brian welcomed their first child – a little girl named Reagan – in 2014. Brian was a doting father, and according to Courtney’s sister Amanda Willey, his love for his wife was clear to see for everyone who knew them.
Describing their relationship in 2016, Amanda told ABC News, “Brian really showed her what true love was. They had a relationship unlike any other couple I’ve ever met. Just the smile on their faces, the sparkle in their eye. Anyone that was around them knew they loved each other.”
With that in mind, it’s not hard to imagine Courtney’s anguish at suddenly losing her dear Brian. In February 2016, the veteran was working for a lumber company when he was involved in a deadly car accident. He was just 40 years old at the time.