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John Brett Sovern

John Brett Sovern

June 15, 1979~April 27, 2021

John Brett Sovern, 41, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Survivors include his sister, Lindsey (Matthew) Sovern Urbanek of Overland Park, Kan. His parents, Larry and Barbara Sovern of
Marion, Iowa; nephews, Gray and Sylas Urbanek; an uncle,
Chuck Gaskill of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; cousins,
Matthew Gaskill and Lauren (Tommy) Ehinger; an
uncle, Jerry Falck of Decorah, Iowa; as well as Sovern
Family, Colfer Family and Rhodes Family cousins.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, John
Polulach; an aunt, Susan Gaskill; aunt, Marilyn
Streetman; and grandparents, John and Jean Polulach
and Charles and Dorothy Sovern.
Brett was born June 15, 1979, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Larry and Barbara Sovern. He graduated from
Washington High School and attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a member of
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He received a degree in culinary arts and hospitality management from Sinclair
College. Brett’s passion for creating innovative menus enabled him to work at many fine dining restaurants in
Tampa Bay and surrounding coastal communities. Brett owned and operated his own company, Dinnervention
Catering and created a custom spice line, Blend Perfections. His career was highlighted by executive
chef roles and recognition by local media. Like his dad, Brett enjoyed fishing, running, golf and the Florida sun.
Online memories and condolences may be shared on Brett’s memorialized Facebook page (Brett
Sovern) and Instagram page (@jbswrv).


Amy Cooper - Friend

May 5, 2021, 11:34 am

Brett was such a big part of my life and I will forever cherish our memories and love for each other. I am so incredibly sorry and heartbroken for this huge loss. My prayers for all of his family at this time. Amy Cooper

  • Relationship: Friend

Bill Bell

May 5, 2021, 12:22 pm

Larry and Barb, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible trying time. I am so sorry for your loss. Bill Bell

    Marsha Lynch - mother of a childhood friend

    May 5, 2021, 3:10 pm

    Barbara and Larry, my heart goes out to both of you and Lindsay. I remember Brett from earlier days in grammar and middle school when he and Patrick spent so much time together, having so much fun. Wonderful happy times. I’m hoping your fond memories will help you through the difficult time ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers…..

    • Relationship: mother of a childhood friend

    Julie Hamilton - Friend

    May 5, 2021, 11:22 pm

    Larry, Barbara & Lindsay, Roger & I have no words to express to you how deep our heart aches for all of you. Brett was a truly wonderful & talented man. He was taken from you way too early and we can’t imagine the heartbreak you are all feeling right now. Please know we are here for all of you & if you need anything please call us. You are all in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. May the fun times and great memories of him get you all through this extremely difficult time. We love you, Julie Hamilton & Roger Johnson

    • Relationship: Friend

    Mary Hogenson - Friend

    May 6, 2021, 9:07 am

    Larry, Barbara, and Lindsey…words cannot even begin to express our sorrow over Brett’s death. Please know you are in our prayers. Mary and Mark

    • Relationship: Friend

    Tim Chopp - Friend

    May 8, 2021, 8:50 pm

    I am heavy hearted over knowing you are gone. I have so many fun memories and hilarious conversations from the Wright State days.

    • Relationship: Friend


    May 9, 2021, 12:19 pm

    Larry & Barbara – So sorry to learn of Brett’s death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jan & John Millett

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