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).
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