POCATELLO, Idaho – James B. Branson, 81, of Pocatello passed away Sept. 26, 2005 at his home following an illness.
He was born July 25, 1925 in Castle Dale, the son of William and Zelpha Peterson Branson. He was raised in Castle Dale and graduated from Central High School in Castle Dale.
He then moved to Salt Lake City where he attended the University of Utah prior to entering the United States Army where he served during World War II.
Following the war he returned to Castle Dale where he became an electrician in the coal mines.
He met his wife, Verna Lou Beveridge during this time. They were married on Dec. 31, 1948 in Castle Dale. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on May 10, 1975. Verna passed away April 19, 1994.
They moved to Pocatello in 1954 and he worked as an electrician at FMC retiring as electrical coordinator in 1986.
James was active in the LDS Church, serving in a bishopric, on the high council, as elders quorum president, and was an officiator in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the family cabin in Island Park.
He is survived by son, Scott (Cindy) Branson, Chubbuck, Idaho; daughter, Deawn (Mark) Johnson, South Jordan; two brothers, Bill (Faye) Branson, Helper; Lane (Judy) Branson, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by parents; wife; and one sister, Imo Wray Branson.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. at the Highland LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, (Butte and Hiskey). The family will receive friends Thursday from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Interment, Mountainview Cemetery with full military graveside rites provided by Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel.
PRICE/SALT LAKE CITY – Ann Lazar Bruno died Sept. 27, 2005 in Salt Lake City of natural causes.
She was born July 7, 1914 in Scofield to Heinrich Lazar and Luise Gale Lazar. Married Ernest L. Bruno in Price on Jan. 19, 1938.
Survived by three children, Patricia Ann Weston, Paul E. Bruno and Kevin L. Bruno (Denise), all of Salt Lake City; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Ernest; and five sisters.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Caresource Hospice for the excellent care to our mother.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Caresource, 1624 East 4500 South, Holladay, UT 84117, in Ann Bruno’s name. Online condolences can be made at www.larkinmortuary.com.