James Brannen Jr.

  • "RIP Jimmy, everyone one in my family was saddened when we..."
    - Shonna Johnson
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    - Tom Fodge
  • "Our condolences go out to the Brannen Family. If there is..."
    - Janice Borkovec
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    - Jim Cunningham
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    - Sarah Herrema

James Nelson Brannen Jr., 42, of Fairbanks, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, on his Harley-Davidson in an accident in Fox.

James' memorial is scheduled for Saturday, July 17. At 6 p.m., a memorial ride (weather permitting) from the Local 302 to the Howling Dog will kick off a potluck-style memorial gathering (bring your favorite dish to pass). The memorial itself begins at 7 p.m. at the Howling Dog. For more information, email [email protected]

James was born March 14, 1968, in Pondera County, Mont. At an early age, he moved with his family to Healy, where James attended school and graduated from Tri-Valley High School. James remained in Healy until the early 1990s, when he moved to Fairbanks.

James had been a longtime member of IUOE Local 32 and owned and operated James' Hauling.

His interests were wide and varied. He was inquisitive and curious about everyone and everything, and would love to hear views opposing his own to gain a better understanding and another perspective.

"Motorcycling is what I love," James said. "I want to experience sailing, surfing, snorkeling." He loved to travel, not just to see new places but to experience new things and to meet as many people as possible along the way. There was never a shortage of hugs, handshakes or smiles when James was around. James' heroes were "anybody that really has it together within themselves and follows their heart at any cost or outcome."

James is survived by his two children, Kendra Dixon and Zach Dixon; mother, Connie Duran; father, James N. Brannen Sr.; brothers, Jerry Brannen and Lane Brannen; niece, Christina; nephews, Wesley and Rob; and by countless friends and loved ones.

James' ashes will be spread by friends and loved ones in many of the places he enjoyed visiting and other places he wanted to, honoring his desire and plans to travel.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 346, Healy 99743.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at Local 302 or at the Howling Dog, or can be deposited at Credit Union One into the James Brannen Memorial Account 503025-S1.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 4 to July 5, 2010