SSG David Thomas Brabander (1993 - 2017)

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David Thomas Brabander passed away on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in the line of duty. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, upon graduating high school, David honored family tradition by enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces, where he quickly excelled.
David was serving his first tour in Afghanistan, with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division; deployed from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. He had expressed a true desire to better the world with his military service.
David was a loving family man and devoted friend. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, hike and shoot. He had a humorous love for rubber duckies that his loved ones will always remember with a smile.
David is survived by his father, Adam L. Brabander; stepmother, Nancy E. Brabander; sister, Brittany R. Hunnings; grandmother, Rena A. Hite; great-uncle, Eugene F. Bourdeau Jr.; grandfather, William E. Busbee; niece, Alyssa R. Hunnings; uncle, Daniel D. Allemani; and special friend, Jacob M. Hunnings. He was preceded in death by his mother, Tamara L. Bryant. David touched so many lives in a positive way it would be impossible to name them all.
R.I.P. David Thomas Brabander. You are sorely missed, greatly loved and always remembered.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the Arctic Warrior Chapel on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., with burial services to follow at 1 p.m. Those wishing to attend should meet at the JBER-Richardson entrance at 10:30 a.m. Please park along the tree line to the right of the Welcome Center as you approach the gate. A military Escort will lead you to the Post Chapel.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the American Legion, Post 15 in Palmer, Alaska. All who wish to attend are welcome.
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Anchorage, AK 99507
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 21, 2017
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