Dan Arland Branch
On Friday, December 16th, Dan Arland Branch (83), loving husband, father of four, grandfather and great grandfather of 24, passed away. Services will be Friday December 30th viewing at 9am and services at 10am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 422 E University Drive Mesa, AZ 85203. A charismatic provocateur his whole life, he engaged regularly in political discourse, spiritual speculation, dramatic entrances, and surreptitious acts of kindness. Dan, as he was fond of reminding people, was named after his father’s favorite horse. He was born on October 22nd 1939 to Arland and Leila Branch. An active international marketing consultant for over 50 years, he travelled regularly throughout Central and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia forging meaningful and lasting relationships everywhere he went. Deeply devoted to Christ and adventure, he served a 2.5-year mission for his church in Peru and Chile in 1960. He married the love of his life (Cherry Gayle Overall) of 60 years in 1962, and was blessed with four children, Bret, Ben, Boyd, and Jennifer. He is remembered by his family and friends for twirling his mustache at the end of jokes, his unshakable faith in the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, the transcendence of Miles Davis, and loving his fellow man.
Preceded in death by his parents (Arland and Leila), and younger brother (Steve). Dan is survived by his wife Cherry, children, Bret (Cindy), Ben (Kerri), Boyd, Jennifer (Geoff) Boeyenga, and 24 grand and great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.