(This is my Uncle, my Dad's older brother)
Donald J. Branby, age 81, of Glenwood, MN, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood, MN. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 27th at All Saint's Chapel in Glenwood Retirement Village, with Rev. Michael Hanson officiating. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood, MN.
Donald J. Branby, son of Gerhard and Ester (Helland) Branby, was born on December 29, 1928. Don grew up in Glenwood, MN and graduated college from Colorado University (CU). Don was a three-sport letterman at CU - football, basketball and baseball. His top honor was being named an Associated Press All-American in football in 1952 when he set numerous records. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the New York Giants in the 1953 Draft and went on to coach college football at Montana State and then in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions and the Ottawa Roughriders. He also spent four years in the Air Force, playing service football in which he earned high accolades. In 2004, Don was inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame. Don worked for years at Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods in Snowmass and Grand Junction Colorado.
Don is survived by his sisters Bette Schaub and Wanda Miller and one brother, Harlan (Babe) Branby.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Manferd and Garfield.
Football, Basketball, Baseball
- Three-Sport Letterman
- Football First-Team All-American
- CU Record Holder In Fumble Recoveries
- Longtime college and professional coach
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