March 5, 1952 – May 22, 2021 Branson was born in Salisbury, MD. He grew up in Wilmington, DE. After a stint in the Marines and then the Army, he joined the Job Corps and was sent to Moses Lake, WA. His love of Washington kept him there as he attended first Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and then Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA where he received his Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. After his graduation from EWU, he went to work for the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. He married the love of his life, Mary Heidt, as we used to joke, on that other romantic day in February, Ground Hog's Day in 1997. After Mary's retirement from EWU, he asked her what she wanted to do now. She said, move back to her home state of Montana. Ever the adventurer, he agreed, and they moved to Corvallis, MT in 2010. After nine years in Corvallis, they moved to a condo in Hamilton where he passed away after a long illness. Branson was preceded in death by his parents Franklin and Lola Dorsey, brothers David Redden, James Redden, Frankie Dorsey and sister Mary Dorsey. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 24 years, Mary, sister Earlene Dorsey, Wilmington, DE and brother Roland Dorsey, Newark, DE. Cremation has taken place and urn placement along with military honors will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.