Richard Barclay Brannon died September 28, 2013 following complications from a broken leg. Dick was born December 27, 1918 in El Dorado, Kansas. His father was in the oil well rig construction business. Dick went to high school in Longview, Texas where he was a football star and team captain. He was awarded a football scholarship at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1940. He enlisted in the Navy at the beginning of World War II, serving as an officer on a patrol boat, a minesweeper, and an aircraft carrier, ending up on the shores of Japan at the surrender. He met his wife, Mary while stationed on Bainbridge Island, WA. After the war, they were rarely separated for the seventy years of a wonderful marriage. They raised six children, and became involved in the community after moving to Everett in 1953. Dick was hired as manager of the American Pile Driving Company (later, American Construction Company) which he eventually bought and ran most successfully until his retirement. Son, Steven now owns and runs the company which has moved to Tacoma, WA. Sports were a large part of Dick's life. He was an avid Husky football fan, having had season tickets for nearly fifty years. He also attended Husky basketball, Mariners baseball, and Seahawks football. After the children were raised, Dick and Mary began traveling the world. They also enjoyed many trips in their Airstream trailer. Dick is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Richard (Vevi) of Champaign, IL; daughter, Barbara Sweeney (John) of Seattle, WA; son, James of Menlo Park, CA; son, Steven (Sandy) of Gig Harbor, WA; and daughter, Martha (Jeff) of Everett. Son, Robert, predeceased Dick in 2009. Dick and Mary also have eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The family requests that anyone wishing to remember Dick donate to the "Dick Brannon Football and Track Scholarship," Rice University Office of Development, MS 81 – Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251. Dick will be sadly missed by his loving and grieving family. A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 5 to Oct. 13, 2013