In memory of
Richard Brann 1916 – 2016 Solano County lost one of its oldest, finest, and most devoted native sons when Richard Brann of Rio Vista passed away Oct. 12, weeks shy of his 100th birthday. Dick was widely known and beloved by many who knew him as a 4th generation Rio Vista farmer, Solano County Supervisor (1972-1988), and active member of many civic organizations. Born on the family ranch, he was the youngest of Clyde and Lillie Brann's five children. His parents instilled in their offspring a strong work ethic, a love of family, and a desire to give back to the community. Richard was a kind man, a man of integrity, and a gentleman guided by deeply held values and respect for others. Richard's education began at the one-room schoolhouse on Canright Road where his mother taught. He advanced through Rio Vista's school system and entered Cal Berkeley at the tender age of 16, relishing campus life as an early member of Barrington Hall Co-op. After graduating in 1938, he was office manager at Poultry Producers of Central California in Orland until being drafted into military service in April, 1941. Richard served in the Pacific Theater, 77th Division Artillery, rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Following the war, Dick returned to the family farming operation near Rio Vista. In 1951, he married Jo Ellen Purtle and together they spent the next many joyful years raising four daughters. Following Jo's death in 1980, Dick crossed paths with Agnes 'Nicki' Purviance, a high school classmate. They were married from 1983 until Nicki's death in 1995. In later years, he and dear friend Ruth Bodin enjoyed close companionship until her death. The greatest joy of his last years was watching his grandchildren grow and thrive. He often said, "I am the most blessed man in the world." Richard is survived by four daughters: Lisa Taron (Tim), Laurie Barron (Bill), Julie Merk (Randy), and Margaret Anderson (Ian), and stepchildren Dr. Carlton Purviance and Paralee Purviance. Survivors also include grandchildren Joanna and Dan Taron (Valerie); David, Leslie, and Meg Barron; Katy and Rob Merk; Neil and Maryn Anderson; and great-granddaughter Alice Taron. Many close nieces, nephews, and friends also mourn his passing. The family particularly wants to thank Lena Brown for her loving and dedicated care of 'Pops', and Dr. Jau Dean Lee for his compassionate medical care over the years. An outdoor celebratory remembrance of Richard's life will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11-3, at the Anderson ranch, 6269 Birds Landing Road, Birds Landing. In case of rain, check for a change of venue on tinyurl.com/zj2j8cd or access a recorded message at 707.374.5485. Memorial donations may be sent to Rio Vista CARE Counseling and Family Resource Center, PO Box 576; Rio Vista Museum, 16 No. Front St.; or Rio Vista Senior Center, 25 Main St., all in Rio Vista, CA 94571.
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