Sean Patrick Sullivan

Sean Patrick Sullivan (32) quietly passed away in his Birmingham, Alabama home on March 21, 2022.   Sean was born in La Mesa, California.  He graduated Woodland (California) High School in 2008.  Sean was a member of the FFA, raising goats for sale, and learned to weld.  Sean had a spark for international adventure, selecting his family’s travel destinations and initiating their participation in the foreign exchange program.  Julian Goldhahn, a foreign exchange student from Germany, became Sean’s “bruder” for life.  Sean spent the summer following graduation with his new German family.

Before he graduated, Sean had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Sean was attached to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, “The Walking Dead”, at Camp LeJeune, NC as a Mortarman.  Sean’s unit first deployed in 2010 as part of “Operation Unified Response” where they facilitated aid to the people of Haiti following a devastating earthquake.  This deployment continued to the Indian Ocean where Sean trained and stood ready to support combat efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In preparation for his second deployment, Sean’s love of animals showed through, as he volunteered to become a dog handler.  Sean handled Gigi, a black lab trained to detect IED’s, for her fifth deployment in a warzone.  As part of “Operation Enduring Freedom” Sean and Gigi deployed to Afghanistan. They were assigned to a patrol base in the Helmand Province where they performed daily patrols alongside an Afghan military unit.   Sean and Gigi returned home on Christmas day, 2012.  Gigi was “retired” from active duty and Sean adopted her.  Sean’s second billet was to the Marine Corps Security Force Guard in King’s Bay, Georgia. Cpl. Sean Sullivan Honorably Discharged from the Marines in 2016.

Sean became a certified welder and worked at the Trident Retrofit Facility in King’s Bay. He left to fulfill a commitment to himself and his family to earn a college degree.   He enrolled in the University of Alabama.  Sean graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Business.  Sean briefly moved to Boston but longed to be back in the south.  He returned to Alabama in 2021.

Sean was preceded in death by his beloved Gigi in 2021.  He is survived by his “baby” sister Alyse of Nashville, TN; his loving mother Holly, and father Carey, of Vancouver, WA; and grandmother Joann Anderson of Battle Ground, WA.  He has many aunts and cousins that loved him in San Diego, CA. Sean will be interned with military honors at the Miramar National Cemetery on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 9:30 am.  Services are being coordinated by Charter Funeral Home of Calera, AL.

In lieu of flowers the family ask you please consider a donation to Mission K9 (, an organization that finds home for retiring “war” dogs.

“Ooh Rah” and “Roll Tide” to you Sean!


  1. Andreas Goldhahn on March 29, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Sean, we are very sad to say good bye a last time. We remember you as a lovely and humorous young man. You and Julian were brothers and you was a part of our family. It is inconceivable that you are no more longer in this world. What can we say? Rest in peace, whereever you now be.
    Petra and Andreas Goldhahn

  2. Dan and Elle Murphy on March 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Carey & Holly
    Dan and I are so very sorry for your loss. This is unthinkable. I still remember when you shared Carey about Sean’s plans to join the Marines. He was an incredible young man. We are thankful for his service. We are praying for the Lord’s comfort for your entire family.

  3. Carrie Bernardy on April 2, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Dearest Friends,
    It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn Sean’s passing with you. His life on this earth was way too short, but we know the memories of his love, laughter, and sense of adventure will bring a smile and warm your hearts during these tough times. You are being thought of and prayed for by all of us who know what a loving and supportive family Sean had.
    We love you and are always here for you.
    Carrie and Ben
    All The Bernardy and Souttere Families

  4. Terri Borchik on April 3, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Holly and Carey, So sorry to hear this about your precious boy. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort are with you and your family.

    Love, Terri and Ken

  5. Michael Carey on April 3, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Cousin and family. Your son was such an honorable human. May he rest easy.

    Cousin Michael Carey

  6. Lanny and Jamie Roark on April 5, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Carey, Holly and Alyse,
    Our deepest condolences. We are praying for peace and comfort for you and family during this difficult time. Sean had much to be proud of, and many accomplishments. I know you share in that pride. We honor him and his service to our country.

  7. Victor M Negrete on April 12, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    fair winds and following seas!…hard to see another promising hero have departed this world, for the great service to the country and the big brotherhood left behind…semper fi !!!

  8. Seleta Anderson-Walker on April 24, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Holly and Family:

    With a heavy heart I send love and support during this sad time. Think of the good times and hold Sean in your hearts forever. Thinking of you all and saying prayers. Rest in peace Sean.

    Holly always your friend for life……
    Seleta Anderson-Walker

  9. Linda Schaeffer on April 28, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Let perpetual light shine upon you Sean…
    Until we meet again …may God hold you in the palm of His hand…
    Love you always…Aunt Linda