Richard B. ‘Brad’ Powers, filmmaker, wine bar worker

January 24

Richard “Brad” Powers, who grew up in the Washington area, served as a military lawyer, went to culinary school and became a documentary filmmaker, died Jan. 6 at his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 48.

A spokeswoman for the Clark County medical examiner’s office in Nevada said determination of the cause of death was pending further tests.

Richard Bradley Powers was born in Lansing, Mich., and raised in Springfield, Va. He was a 1983 graduate of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, where he played varsity tennis and was student manager of the basketball team.

He was a 1987 graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a 1990 graduate of George Mason University’s law school. After serving in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he studied at a culinary school in New York and managed restaurants in Indiana, Washington state and Oregon.

He owned and operated a wine bar in Bend, Ore., before settling in Nevada, where he worked at a wine bar in Las Vegas.

He co-directed a 2010 documentary, “The Seattle Pilots: Short Flight Into History,” about a major-league baseball expansion team in Seattle that became the Milwaukee Brewers.

His marriages to Jill Henry, Cynthia Lutz and Anita Borgaes ended in divorce. Survivors include his parents, Richard and Janet Powers of Bend; and a sister, Laurie Powers of Bethesda, Md., and Rome.

— Adam Bernstein