Branden Samorajski

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Anchorage resident Branden Kyle Scot Samorajski, 19, died suddenly Friday, March 28, 2008, in Anchorage.
A wake will be today at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2901 E. Huffman Road, with prayers beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a vigil at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, also at St. Elizabeth's.
Born July 24, 1988, Branden spent the first nine years of his life in Wilmette, Ill. As a child, he was sweet, kind, inquisitive, loving and always concerned with doing the right thing. He attended Ronald Knox Montessori School from ages 3 to 6 and the Montessori School of Lake Forest for first and second grades. Growing up in Wilmette, he loved animals, playing in the snow, big ideas, building things with his friends J.D., Michael and Eric, and playing soccer, ice hockey, baseball and bike riding. He attended McKenzie Elementary School for third grade. In summer 1997, his family moved to Anchorage, and he attended the Intensive Accelerated program at Rogers Park Elementary School from fourth through sixth grades and played baseball at Abbott-O-Rabbit and basketball. He attended and graduated from Goldenview Middle School in 2002 and was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. He was a Boy Scout. He attended Robert Service High School and graduated magna cum laude in 2006. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and went on to study engineering at the University of Washington and later was a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
While at Service, he served four years in the National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Branden served as squad leader, platoon commander, special projects officer and, in his senior year, was the executive officer of the entire 150-person Cadet Unit. Branden served on every drill team during his four years of NJROTC and during senior year was commander of both the Armed Exhibition and Armed Regulation drill teams. He led these two teams to undefeated state championship victory in spring 2006.
Branden also served as Rifle Team Commander and won many awards in Academic Teams and Rifle Team during his four years for academics and marksmanship. He participated in hundreds of hours of community service while an NRJOTC student at Service High School.
Branden loved and cherished his family most dearly. He enjoyed advanced mathematics, physics, reading books, movies, music and practicing his marksmanship at the rifle range. He read the Bible constantly and loved Christ and our blessed mother. He attended a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Herzegovina, in 2007 and shared that he felt called to do the work of the Lord. He also enjoyed traveling, hiking in the mountains, downhill skiing on his Salomon 1080s, snowboarding, snowmachining with his dad and two brothers, and playing with his dogs Rosie and Rufus and cat Icicle.
Branden is survived by his parents, Gregory and Linda; brothers, Jonathan, 18, and Justin, 16; grandmothers, Marie Mueller and Dorothy Samorajski of Chicago, and grandfather, Dr. Thaddeus Samorajski of Houston, Texas. His grandfather Dr. Calvin Mueller is deceased. His aunt and godmother Karen Mueller and aunt Maureen Mueller and uncle and godfather Timothy Samorajski love and grieve for him along with many cousins in Wisconsin and Massachusetts.
Branden leaves many close friends who, along with his family, love him indescribably and ache and mourn the loss of his life. Branden's best friend and the love of his life, Rosie East, who has known him since seventh grade, describes Branden as "a very religious, genuinely good person who valued honesty to himself and others and was amazingly brilliant. He was passionate about everything he did." Branden's family describes him as shy, introspective, sensitive, loving, thoughtful, with a sophisticated and complicatedly eclectic sense of humor. He will be loved forever and missed by all those who knew him.
In his last conversation with his family, Branden asked us to pray for him always.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapels.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2008