Oct 11, 2012 7:34 AM by KSBY News, Carina Corral

Widow of beloved local spokesman talks about this weekend's SLO Heart Walk being dedicated to Rob Bryn

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., claiming more than 865,000 lives a year.

It came as a shock when it claimed the life of a friend to many of us in the community and here at KSBY, the popular spokesperson for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department Rob Bryn.

This weekend's SLO Heart Walk is dedicated in his honor.

To know Rob was to love Rob.

"The Sheriff doesn't want the man here and neither does the District Attorney," he said during an interview back in February, but even as he was presenting the media with the darkest of news Rob could lighten the mood with his lovable humor.

This was his mic check with KSBY Reporter Ariel Wesler, "And we're with Ariel, the wonderful Wesler as opposed to the other Weslers you can't trust," he joked and gave a light hearted chuckle, one that we all came to love.

The 61-year-old died of cardiac arrest due to coronary artery disease on March 1.

A couple days before his death Rob had been to the doctor.

"He knew that it had gotten worse since he had his last heart scan so he was just ready to make some change. He had bought an exercise bike. He was going to start walking everyday, but it was too late," said his widow, Beverly Bryn.

She and their two daughters are now advocates for heart health encouraging people to be healthy and active.

"It's kind of been therapy for me and knowing that it can help lots of people and educate them on heart disease, obviously we didn't think about it much before Rob passed."

The American Heart Association has dedicated this weekend's SLO Heart Walk in Rob's memory, a gesture that has touched the whole family.

"They're all coming for the race. We have family coming from Oregon for the race so it's a wonderful way to all get together and celebrate Rob," said Beverly.

The race is also a research fundraising effort for the American Heart Association.

Team Bryn is trying to get to first place by Saturday, October 13, when the 5K will kick off at the Avila Beach Promenade & Bob Jones Trail at 9:40am.

Click here for more information or to donate to Team Bryn.