Admirers included the writer and humorist Ian Frazier, who in a 2016 Christmas poem in The New Yorker devoted two lines to "News of Doyle's diagnosis in November was greeted with disbelief and sorrow by his fans.
Many contributed to a Go Fund Me account to help defray his medical expenses; donations had reached nearly $165,000 by the time of his death.
“Immediately you’re swept up in the flow of his writing.” In an Oregon Art Beat profile in 2015, Doyle spoke about the importance of being a “story catcher:” “You want your stories to keep traveling long past you. “I would like everybody in the world to read my stories, and not because I’m cool, or because I’ll get money. Stories are ways to jazz your life and maybe that shoves us a little closer toward light.” Doyle was nominated for the Oregon Book Award nine times and finally won in 2016 for his young adult novel “Martin Marten.” His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, The Sun, The Georgia Review, among others, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times and The Times of London.
Doyle credits his wife and children with helping hone his writing skills and remind him of reality.
“I love writing novels, novels are like long dreams,” Doyle told OPB last year at the Wordstock Book Festival in Portland.
“You really don’t know what’s going on, you take an idea out for a walk, and then the characters take over…
“And I love that work.” Doyle is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three children.
A memorial service is planned Friday, June 2, at a.m.
Brian Doyle, the Lake Oswego author whose prodigious literary output earned him numerous honors including the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature ("puzzling him to this day," say several of his author biographies), died Saturday from complications related to a brain tumor. Doyle learned in November that he had what he described to The Oregonian/Oregon Live as a "big honkin' brain tumor." That month he had surgery to reduce the tumor; in February he began radiation and chemotherapy treatments, according to a Go Fund Me page that a family friend set up to help defray his medical expenses.
By spring, he was in hospice care."Cancer is to be endured, that's all," he wrote in an eerily prescient 2009 commentary piece for The Oregonian/Oregon Live.