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Daniel and Ron and their son, David; victims of United Airlines Flight #175 on September 11, 2001. Dear friends of Donato Tramuto and Jeffrey Porter of Ogunquit. A celebration of their lives will held on Saturday, October 6th at 11 o'clock at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 175 Shore Road, Ogunquit. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Brandhorst-Gamboa Memorial Bench Fund, c/o Tramuto-Porter, P.O. Box 1728, Ogunquit, ME 03907. J.S. Waterman & Sons-Eastman-Waring 617-536-4110
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 30, 2001.

Proud Adoptive Parents
Daniel Brandhorst and Ronald Gamboa changed their flight plans so they could return to Los Angeles from Boston on Sept. 11 with their son, David Gamboa-Brandhorst, on United Airlines Flight 175.

Mr. Brandhorst, 41, was an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and Mr. Gamboa, 33, was the manager of a Gap store in Santa Monica. David, 3, who was named for Daniel's brother, was adopted in 1998. He had, said Donato Tramuto, the friend they had visited in Maine over the weekend, "the spirit of Ron and the intellectual curiosity of Daniel."

Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa had been introduced at a party 13 years earlier. Mr. Gamboa was the lighter side of the two. "He could make a rainy day look happy," Mr. Tramuto said. David Brandhorst, Daniel's brother, said "Ron was the other side that kept Dan civil."

In 1996, Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa moved to Los Angeles, when Mr. Gamboa became a troubleshooting manager at the Gap and Mr. Brandhorst got on the road to his partnership at PricewaterhouseCoopers. David arrived in 1998, with Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Gamboa there at his birth. Mr. Brandhorst, said Scott Pisani, a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles, "was very intense and focused at work." But with the arrival of David, "he made a tremendous amount of time for his family," including taking his son to work with him.

Few people on the work side knew about Mr. Brandhorst's family. "My brother led two lives," David Brandhorst said. "A private personal life and a business life."

Mr. Tramuto said that Mr. Brandhorst himself was "very skeptical about what this lifestyle meant." But after years together with Mr. Gamboa and their success as parents, Mr. Tramuto said, "I told him that `you and Ron have convinced me that two men can really raise a child.' " The proud parents, Mr. Tramuto added, had planned to adopt another child.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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May 8, 2021
sleep well little one
September 11, 2020
Thank you for this wonderful tribute. Daniel was in my Law school class at SU. I remember him as being very bright and Fully participating in class when many of us (me) did not.
Karen Vedder
March 7, 2020
I wish i got to meet you
Ricky Calderon
Friend
September 10, 2019
Never Forgotten!! Soar with your parents little man!!
Kathy
April 11, 2018
So adorable! Forever young! and with his [parents!!
Kathy Schlotterbeck
September 11, 2016
You will never be forgotten Ron. You were a wonderful person with a happy soul. I have never forgotten how you lit up every time I asked how your son was doing. Your answer was always, "fabulous of course...fabulous!"
May you and your loves rest in peace.

Connie Tellechea
September 11, 2016
Hi Dan-
I'm staring at my TV, on this early Sunday morning in Pasadena, as your name scrolls across the screen from the memorial service in Manhattan, and my heart lurched when the bell tolled.
I froze the screen, and smiled at my memories from working with you at Disney.
A tearful smile, for sure, but it comes from your gift of being my friend and the good times we spent together.
I can almost see you smiling now.
Always,
Gary
Gary Marcotte
September 9, 2016
You are in my family's prayers this weekend.

-Scotty
PwC LA
June 23, 2016
Happy 18th birthday little man!
September 11, 2015
Every year on this anniversary we think of the Brandhorst-Gamboa family and the unfathomable loss of these two men and their beautiful son. Although we did not know them, my partner and I were vacationing with our own adopted son in Provincetown the same week they were there just a short time prior to this tragedy. We have always felt a connection to them as we watch our son (who is now 16 like David would have been) grow and become a young man and like so many others, we mourn their passing and wonder about all the wonderful things they had ahead of them. Daniel, Ron and David you will forever be in our thoughts and we send love and peace to your family and friends.
The Hoebee-Elardo Family
September 6, 2015
Ronald u came to me in a dream the other day. Im not one for believing in those kinds of things but it seem so real and deliberate at a time in my life where i feel lost and alone. In the dream u were in a beautiful home with david and we went for a ride in that honda crv u had. You showed me the great times of my life with my family then showed my life now it was clear what u were trying to say. When i awoke i felt the way i felt after those long lectures u and dan used to give me long winded but powerful and inspirational. Im going to the dedication with mom this week which i dont like going because i get very emotional but its the only place i can still feel your presence. I kno thru the dream u were conveying to me to be with the family more but its so hard because i feel im a disappointment. But i promise i will try my best. Please look over mom she needs u and dad u know shes gettin older. And please watch over the family like i know u always do..i love u and miss u
L gamboa
September 23, 2014
For such a sweet little boy
Melissa Blue
September 23, 2014
Always sad when a child dies especially when a young child leaves us, but in particular due to 9-11-01. I know you're in Heaven with the angels and you're together with your family.
Melissa Blue
September 16, 2014
Rest in peace
-Saul Garcia weslaco T,X
September 16, 2014
Rest in peace
-Richard Garcia weslaco TX
September 16, 2014
Rest in peace
-Prospero Garcia weslaco T,X
September 14, 2014
Young David you and your fathers are in my prayers. May you rest in eternal peace.
Christine P
September 11, 2014
"Baby David" you are loved and missed terribly
Aunt Denise
September 11, 2014
bella beltz
September 11, 2014
I read your name this morning in Lansing, MI. You would be 16 years old, probably driving, and thinking about what college to attend. Sigh.
Aunt Dawn
September 10, 2014
hey i feel very sry for you guys the fact that thay were planing to adopt another child is just sad to me i am very very sry
Evan Chrissonberry
May 28, 2014
I walked a mile for you (mile #300) on 5/17/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
January 2, 2014
Happy new year little guy. Hope your smiling wherever you are
Jerry
September 12, 2013
I had read a list of all the victims and as soon as i saw Davids picture he looked so adorable and made me wanna cry. I read his story about being adopted which is awesome he was placed in a good family. Tragic about how him and his fathers left this world but he left with lots of love and people who have heard of David i know will never forget him like me.. Rest In Peace:')

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Yolanda Gonzalez
January 20, 2013
You touched my heart.
Sophia
September 15, 2012
my prayers go out to davids family sorry for your loss and he was a amazing little boy from what i read
September 11, 2012
Every time I have a bad day with my kids, I think of your little boy. I think of how all of a sudden, nothing mattered except for you to love him and hold him and cherish your last few minutes with him. I love my kids more deeply because I recognize the depth of your loss. I will always remember.
Jen
September 10, 2012
Precious, innocence taken much too soon, you are remembered always.
Maria R
June 11, 2012
I vowed to always remember this horrible day and I read and re-read these obits every day of my life. It is very tragic to read about whole families that were lost, like Dan, Ron and little David. My heart and prayers go out to the friends and family of these guys. Much love from Texas
Del Newberry
March 20, 2012
Sweet angel of mine is the baby to be...the one that i love and the one who loves me. the one little child that gave me great will, may god be with you forever and still
Mandyy Hayes
December 19, 2011
bless you sweet angel...always with us....sleep peacefully...no one can harm you now...xxxxx
lynne evans
November 25, 2011
No one as strong as the parents and family and friends.
Craig Barnett
September 18, 2011
David, I know that you are with JESUS always and forever!! May GOD bless your family!!
Michelle Vigil
September 11, 2011
My friend Tenny and I knew Dan from our work with News Corp. and PWC. We met Dan, Ron and David at their Hollywood Hills home and attended a Hollywood Bowl concert. RIP guys.
Martin Miller
September 11, 2011
RIP Baby Boy!
September 11, 2011
We will never forget. God Bless.
J Carter
September 11, 2011
Never forgotten lil man.
Dotson Family
September 10, 2011
Rest in peace David :) God Bless
September 9, 2011
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Dana Cantrell
September 9, 2011
Don't worry about a thing because every little thing is gonna be alright. Rest little one. :)
Toriana Gaddy
September 9, 2011
Toriana Gaddy
September 8, 2011
What a special tribute. Thoughts and prayers with their families.
Kim Schneeman
September 8, 2011
Rest in peace sweet angel..
Lisa V
September 8, 2011
Tears for you and all those whose bright lights no longer shine.
Roseann
September 8, 2011
My husband and I will be attending memorial service on Sunday to honor those that were lost but their memories live on in surviving families.
Adrianna Pace
September 6, 2011
This week the children from west hollywood will talk about 9/11 and David...he would be a little bigger than them and he probably would have gone to our school.
Tracy
September 6, 2011
So sad lovely young men i didnt know you but you have a place in my heart rip
Jacq
September 6, 2011
David and Daniel
Getting ready to travel to New York for the dedication of the memorial. 10 years! It feels like yesterday that we were playing "so big!" Miss you little one!
September 6, 2011
as i sit here and think about the ones that we lost on 9/11 david you keep popping up in my mind and i cant even figure out how i know your name or how i could have met you david i hope that you look down at us and smile and keep your loved ones safe
~Kaitlyn Romano~
Kaitlyn Romano
September 5, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Scott Chamberland
August 22, 2011
missing you more and more every day. can't believe you woulda been 13 this year. time flies when i dont have you here. love you to pieces bud, see you in heaven <3
maggie kelly
May 3, 2011
Miss you Baby David!!
Denise Kelly
May 2, 2011
Godspeed Little guy, rest well in the arms of a comforting God. Keep hold of Daddy & Poppy and Hug them so hard that you shake them down.I wish I had known you in this life, alas, we will meet up later.
Jean Lloyd
April 14, 2011
Right now we would have been teasing you about your voice changing and all the girls that keep calling you on the telephone. You would probably have your own cell phone and be grounded for using it in math class. We have missed so much fun.
Aunt Dawn
April 13, 2011
I have a 4 year old daughter and it breaks my heart to think of what you had to go through. So sad and so wrong. Rest in peace baby boy. XXX
December 7, 2010
goodnight and godbless babe
September 11, 2010
I will never forget...... God Bless You!
Michelle Coleman
September 11, 2010
Although I only knew of your story when I met your Aunt Denise a few years back, your story has always touched my heart. May you rest in peace with your two dads knowing that you were loved by so many.
Tammy Bradish
September 11, 2010
Miss you baby David!
Aunt Dawn
September 11, 2010
To the family of David Brandhorst-Gamboa:
David gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our heroes of September 11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
June 23, 2010
Happy Birthday David!
Aunt Dawn
May 31, 2010
I liked your site.
Rob Miller
May 4, 2010
You and your wonderful loving Fathers will always be remembered in our thoughts and hearts. God bless all the children of the world, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Sleep well little Angel in Gods tender arms!
Tami Caruso
April 18, 2010
What a beautiful little boy, taken years too soon from this life. May those who were left behind, suffering from the loss of loved ones, know that others care, and that I am sure you have a special place in heaven.
Susan Johanson
February 20, 2010
what a beatiful child of god!! i never knew you, but i know now your with god and all his angels in heaven!!
heidi green
February 19, 2010
I am so saddened your precious life here on earth was shortened. Bless you sweet little guy. You are always in my thoughts.
Billie Mills
February 12, 2010
I never knew you. But you were a person, and therefore my brother. And therefore, I love you and pray for you. Sleep well, beautiful child.
Robert Ritchie, Jr.
February 10, 2010
Beautiful sweet child, you are in my heart always.
September 20, 2009
So sorry and so sad for this little and beautiful angel.....
God bless you
Marina from Italy
marina
September 14, 2009
I miss u and all the other little angels lost in that fateful day, we'll never know how u may have felt but i know you didnt die in vain...
God Bless
September 11, 2009
God bless you little angel. I have alot of questions for the man upstairs when my day comes to join you and your parents.
September 11, 2009
A distant cousin I never knew but will keep you in my heart always...
Carol Ann Kosark Southard
June 25, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
September 12, 2008
God is holding you as I am in my heart.
Dee N.
September 11, 2008
David, I hope you can somehow see how badly you are missed by so many people. You touched so many people in your short little life. I Love You.
Denise Kelly
September 11, 2008
FAMILY REYES
September 11, 2008
Thinking of you today and always
Kate
September 8, 2008
David, I was not too much older than you on the day you passed, and had my family chosen to stay an extra couple days on vacation, I would have been on the same flight with you and your dads. You had so much more life to live and I am so sorry you never got that chance. Your family was so obviously loving, happy, and beautiful. I have thought about you often since your identity was made public, and I have said many prayers for those around you who loved you for the past seven years. I hope that one day in Heaven I will get the chance to see your adorable smile.
Anonymous Teen
September 5, 2008
I have a young son too. God bless this little angel.
June 23, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
March 12, 2008
God Bless this child.
Colleen
February 21, 2008
Your lose is devistating, but you are in a wonderful place now.
Justin Jones
January 5, 2008
So big!!!
December 28, 2007
David at home
December 13, 2007
I am sorry about your loss David. You Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Brandhorst-Gamboa are in a much better place now a long with many other innocent people who lost their lives on that tragic day. May your soul rset in peace.
Julia Watanabe
December 6, 2007
You were too young too innocent and too special to be taken away but you will always be remembered. Rest in Peace little guy.
Michael Coughlin
September 21, 2007
3 years old? David so sad to see your life taken away so soon.my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Sandra Underwood
September 11, 2007
that is so sad what happened to you. we would be the same age if you were still alive today. I bet your in heven with God and Jesus.
my name is Dylan
dylan losaso
September 11, 2007
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and may you rest in peace.
Nichole
September 11, 2007
OMG its just not fear we have to mourne little ones like you its so sad you and your daddies lost your lives little one you would ahve been 9 yrs old if you was still alive,its not fear for little children to have to go through death when they are so young so many innocent lives like yours little one was tooken,and I know you are in heaven with your 2 daddies playing togather with the other children may you rest in peace little angle godbless you and the ones who lost their lives on 9/11!
Tracie
September 11, 2007
may you rest in peace ....
kaitlyn nelson
September 11, 2007
I am sorry for your lost may they RIP
Samantha Thomas
September 11, 2007
God Bless you, little hero!!!
From Italy.
Che Dio ti benedica, piccolo eroe!!!
GUIDO ROMANI
September 11, 2007
In remembrance
paula phillips
September 10, 2007
david,its kind of a bumer that the tragity occured to such a young who had his own life ahead of you.may god be with you.
-with hands to hold and comfort
Rayel Jackson
September 9, 2007
In memory..
Sharon
June 23, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
June 10, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
June 8, 2007
WE WILL NEVER FORGET,YOUR WITH JESUS NOW.
DEBBIE SONS
May 29, 2007
Dear David, I learned about you from an old friend. Your story will never be forgotten. Rest in peace sweet little one.
Stacey King
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