John Brandt Reynolds
3/29/1937 - 1/28/2014
John Brandt Reynolds passed away on January 28, 2014. He was 76 years old.
A longtime resident of the Nampa area, Brandt was born in King City, California on March 29, 1937 to John Harold and Roselyn Pearl Reynolds. He moved with his family to Melba, Idaho in 1946. A polio survivor, he attended Glendale Grade School and Melba High School. He was an avid and successful varsity athlete competing in football, basketball, and baseball while working in the surrounding farming communities. He met his future wife, Clara Louise John, during his high school years.
In 1955 he joined the Navy, beginning a 30-year career in service to his country as part of the Naval Security Group. Louise traveled to Japan to be married to Brandt in 1956. Together, they began a life of travel, family, and community adventures of truly worldwide proportions. Their three children - Scott, Michael, and Joan - were born in the early years of the family's journeys through Hawaii, Washington DC, Morocco, Guam, San Diego, Japan, and Maryland. In 1985, Brandt retired from the Navy and, with Louise, returned to the Treasure Valley where he built their country home in the outskirts of Nampa. Brandt worked as a technical support expert with a local software firm and subsequently founded his own computer assistance consulting company.
At every stop in his travels he committed incredible time, passion, and devotion to activities in support of his family. He and Louise were avid square dancers, camping enthusiasts, bowling and tennis partners, and leaders in church and community affairs. He was a constant presence in his children's sports and academic activities - Brandt volunteered, coached, officiated, and spectated with endless patience and enthusiasm that inspired everyone around him. His pride in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews radiated from every conversation and story.
Brandt was a dynamic member of the local Kiwanis Chapter, volunteering his time to fundraising events and service projects. Whether serving up food at the annual steak fry, or participating in weekly meetings, he could always be counted on to bring boundless energy, an animated anecdote, and an unwavering commitment to success. Brandt was a member and active contributor to the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church in Nampa. Together with Louise, their home served as the base for numerous annual events for friends and family from the community, particularly those who had lost loved ones and most needed support in difficult times.
Brandt was never idle. He took great pride in maintaining and improving his home and property. There was always a special project being completed and a full list of things ready to be started. He and Louise continued to travel, camp, and attend local theater and musical events. He loved the occasional opportunity for a golf outing with several close friends. Summer vacations with his children and grandchildren to the Outer Banks in North Carolina became a nearly annual event where Brandt sat watching the waves, reveled in the pleasure of fishing with his grandkids, and basked in the joy of family seafood meals prepared by all. As a husband, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend - he will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife Clara Louise, sons Scott (Cathy) and Mike (Debbie), daughter Joan, grandchildren Matt, Ginny, Bobby, Kelly, and Jack, and Brother Neil. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 2 from 2:30-4 PM at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S, Nampa, Idaho. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 AM on Monday February 3 at Zion Lutheran Church, 404 Nectarine Street, Nampa, Idaho and will be followed by a military funeral at 2 PM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Boise.
Donations can be made to the
. To share memories with the family please visit Brandt's memorial webpage at www.alsipfuneralchapel.com