Donald Clayton (Sam) Brannan, 91, died at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte Feb. 2,2011. He was born Sept. 11, 1919, at Red Cloud to Clarence and Opal (Eggleston) Brannan.
He went to grade school in southern Cherry County, and one year of high school in Medicine Bow, Wyo. His parents separated when he was 14.
He spent his teen years working on ranches in the Mullen area. Most of the time at the Eck Cox ranch, where he was given the nickname of “Sam.”
He volunteered for the military service June 4, 1941, and was discharged with the rank of SGT in the Army Jan. 30, 1945. His last year of service was in Hawaii and new Guinea.
He returned to Douglas, Wyo., and worked road construction and also at a coal mine. July 12, 1947, he married Blanche D. Powell. They moved back to the Don Cox ranch north of Mullen, where sons Jim and Bill were born.
In 1953, they moved to the Erick Ericksen ranch where daughter Bonnie was born. They later moved into Mullen for school.
He leased the Alice Giles and Swede Mathews land and raised Angus cattle. He and Blanche move to North Platte in 1999, to be near family. For the last two years of his life he returned “home” and resided at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen.
He enjoyed going to the Denver Sock Show and to his Army reunions in Springfield, Mo. He liked to travel, go fishing and spend time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche; his parents and stepfather; sister, Maxine Land and Linda McKibben; brothers, Kenneth and Wayne; and sister-in-law, Betty Brannan.
He leaves behind his sons, Jimmie (Ramona) of North Platte, and Billie Brannan of Mullen; daughter, Bonnie (Alan) Little of North Platte; grandchildren, Tim Brannan of Hershey, Nicole (Mike) Buchanan of Springview, Dena Brannan of Hershey, Darrin LIttle of Lincoln, and Janelle Little of Cozad; great-grandchildren, Bobbie Jo, Britni and Garrett Brannan of Hershey, and soon to be Baby Girl Brannan, also of Hershey; sister, Donna (Arnie) Compton of Newcastle, Wyo.; brother-in-law, Kenneth McKibben of Douglas, Wyo., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial funeral services were Feb. 7, 2011, at the Mullen Funeral Home, with A.B. Cox officiating.. Burial with Military Honors was in the Cedarview Cemetery at Mullen with Mullen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Cedarview Cemetery.