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William Branigan III

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William Branigan III

William Parnell Branigan III died March 28, 2018, from complications of cancer in Cedaredge.

He was born on May 5, 1943, to Air Force Major William and Muriel Branigan in Monroe, La. He lived in many places during his childhood but his parents called San Antonio home. While in San Antonio, he attended Saint Leo grade school and Saint Mary University.

He joined the Air Force in 1963 and worked as a Morse intercept operator. He was stationed in Turkey after the Cuban missile crisis decoding messages between Russia and Cuba. After his military career, he returned to the states to travel and help the less fortunate until he finally landed in Liberty Hill, Texas. After Liberty Hill he spent a few years in Rockport where he met his wife, Barbara of 31 years. They moved to Colorado and lived in Breckenridge and Cedaredge.

He was employed in apartment and condo management for 17 years. After moving to Cedaredge he worked as housekeeping superintendent at Delta County Memorial Hospital for 12 years.

Mr. Branigan was a proud member of Mensa. He enjoyed his morning crossword, hiking in the mountains, fishing and smoking his pipe.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; children Jon (Rose) Branigan and Sarah (Ted) Larison; grandchildren Cierra, Drake, Charli and Dax Branigan and Rhône and Maggie Larison; great-granddaughter Kynlee and siblings, Renee Branigan and Kerry Branigan Garrison and her husband Don.

Arrangements for final disposition were handled by Brown's Cremation Service in Grand Junction.

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