obituary Bruce Joseph Brannon, 49, was found dead of natural causes on Saturday, June 30 at his home in Pocatello, Idaho. A memorial graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 6 at the Chester Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow at St. Mary’s Church basement. Brannon was born in Chester on Dec. 8, 1957 to Helen Ogden and Joseph Brannon, Jr.
He was the eldest of two sons born to Chester school teachers and grew up in Chester. Brannon received his education in Chester, graduating from Chester High School in 1976. In the years that followed he worked various jobs before continuing his schooling at MSU in Bozeman, where he graduated with a degree in construction engineering in 1983. Brannon accepted a position at the City of Great Falls, where he worked on new water lines and roads. A few years later he transferred to Elko, Nev. To work as a field service engineer for Tribol Lubrication Company, which later became known as “Castrol." In 1993 Brannon moved to Pocatello to start his own business, Under Pressure, which specialized in the installation of lubrication systems. Following the untimely death of his best friend and partner, Bruce sold the business in 2003. Since then Brannon had worked various jobs in the Pocatello community. Brannon was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester and maintained a faithful spirit throughout his life. Some of his interests included camping, hunting and fishing. He loved to travel and made several memorable trips to Alaska, Central America and the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He enjoyed attending old car shows. His prized possessions included a 1983 Buick Grand-National sedan and a BMW motorcycle. Bruce was a movie-buff and an avid spectator fan of all professional sports. Brannon was a quiet, independent man who lived alone. During the past few years he had hypertension and related health issues. His brother, Bill, traveling from California to Montana on a family vacation, stopped at Brannon's home in Pocatello for a visit this past Saturday and found him dead. The coroner’s office attributed the death to natural causes. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Brannon, in 1983. Survivors include his mother, Helen Brannon of Chester; his brother Bill (Cathy) Brannon of Antioch, Calif.; one niece, Kelli; two nephews, Jared and Jacob; one uncle, Morton Ogden of Simms; one aunt, Lois Coons of Billings; and and arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.