Dear family of John Branstner,
I'm wishing I was with you right now, to share the pain. I am in Arizona and using a friends computer to send my story. I have little to no experience on the computer, but that's ok! Back in 1986 I spent about one year with John, who is the same age as I am. I never had met John until 1986, when I was fired by my father, and as my dad said, go and see how you handle the real world. John's father asked if I would like to work for him in Georgetown. At his hardware store, Georgetown Handy Supply. I of course said yes, I have never been to CA, and wanted to see real bikini's and tan CA girls! I was picked up by John in Sacramento, but to my purprise and also John's, it was snowing in Sacramento? I think it was March. Well, I could write a book on my wonderful memories of my time with John, and when I can I will share the details with John's family. Some are only for their ear's. Here are a few of the many smile's John put on my face. We spent many hours in his White Toyota truck. One of the crazy memories was one that envolved a 4x4 post, and I will share that with only John's family :) Then one trip from Sacramento to Georgetown we came beside to pretty girls and John motioned them to follow us so we could talk, and they did? We stopped of the highway and talked to them and had alot of fun and so did they, then we went our seperate ways. I should have told this story first, John had a dear friend in his dog Sarge. He was so in love with Sarge, he expressed amazing love towards this dog. I have spent zillians of hours with animals on our dairy farm in MN, and knew right away John was amazingly compassionate with animals. Sarge could do no wrong, I would never think of getting between John and Sarge. John was a teacher to me, because I was from the farm, and needed him to show me what it was like to live in a populated area. I don't think anyone could get from Georgetown to Sacremento faster than John :) While I was staying with Loyd and Elvira, I decided to join the fire department in Garden Valley, after completing a first aid and CPR class at the department. John was so interested that he joined also. The most amazing thing I still live with today, is John's laugh. I hear it often and just sharing this brings a happy tear to remember John with. John just loved to pick on his mom. He would plead with Elvira to make him Rice Krispy bars, and if Elvira said make them yourself, John wasted not one second and we had a fresh pan of the Best Rice Krispy bars ever. John just loved them, and like me John liked to eat! John loved to show me everyting possible in one day, we rested not! John took me panning for Gold in Coloma, up the hill to Uncle Tom's Cabin, gambling in Taho. When John had nothing to do, we would just jump in his Toyota and it was like his truck took him places and he did'nt even have to know where to go. My year with John was some of my greatest memories of my life. So this story is just a little of our adventures, and one great big thank you to Loyd and Elvira for sharing my 1st cousin John with me. Like my sister Karmin said, John you were more than a brother to us. John, I know you are listening, thank you for giving to me and showing me the love you have for life and family, and of course your friend Sarge!!!! Love always, Cousin Stan
Even though you are gone, I need to address my letter to you. Knowing you are with God lifts the sadness/emptyness I feel in my tummy right now.
I wish we hadn't grown up so many miles apart. I do remember the one time I got to visit you, you brought me to your church youth group get together. We had so much fun!
I consider you one of my little brothers. I will never forget you.
Love, Cousin Karmin