BRANDON LEE DYBDAHL
February 16, 1987 - April 15, 2013
Brandon Lee Dybdahl, passed away at the age of 26 on April 15, 2013. He was surrounded by family and he was brave up to the final moment. He will be greatly missed, but will finally have peace without suffering.
Brandon was born February 16, 1987 in Walnut Creek. His family moved to Modesto in 2001 and he graduated from Beyer High School in 2005. Brandon is survived by his mother and stepfather, Becky and Mark Gould, his father and stepmother, Doug and Michele Dybdahl and siblings Brittany, Keaton, and Chloe.
Brandon had a heart transplant at the age of 3, Because of one family's decision to donate, Brandon and his family were given the gift of 23 more years together. Brandon was one of four of the longest living heart transplants in the world.
Brandon was admitted to the hospital for the final time on March 31, 2013 in late stage heart and kidney failure due to antibody rejection. His body was donated to science.
The memorial service celebrating Brandon's life will be on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 3:30pm at CrossPoint Community Church at 1301 12th Street, Modesto. Brandon was baptized through this church in February 2011 by Pastor Matthew Whiteford. A gathering for friends and family will be held immediately after the service at the home of Becky Gould at 1905 Veranda Ct., Modesto.
Brandon's family would like to thank doctors, nurses, and other staff at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara for the medical care provided over the last few years. They also wish to thank to Dr. Starnes and the cardiac medical team at Stanford Hospital for performing the heart transplant in 1990 that allowed Brandon to live to age 26. Dr. Starnes was the pioneer in heart transplants for toddlers and Brandon was among his early patients.
Brandon's last wish was to encourage everyone to become an organ donor. In order to reach that goal he created an organ donor website at www.shortyboy.com
. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Brandon's favorite charity, California Transplant Donor Network at http://www.ctdn.org/contributions.html www.cvobituaries.com