Dana Reuben Branch
1956 - 2022
Dana was a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was an avid lover of good music and anything with an engine! Dana enjoyed road trips and museums, he was a Nascar fan, and the biggest history buff anyone ever knew. His guilty pleasures were building model cars and planes, and he even had a model train set in the garage for as long as anyone could remember! You can’t mention his favorite music without mentioning the Beatles!
Dana had a huge heart for his family. He was patient and understanding.
He described his childhood as great while growing up playing with his cousins and friends. After high school he enlisted in the army and went through basic training only to find out that shin splints he got as a kid would prevent him from going any further. He was medically discharged per army regulations.
Soon after, he met his first wife, Debbie, and got a job as a disc jockey at a local radio station. This job would lead him through two or three radio stations including KUZZ and The Fox out of Bakersfield, California. Unfortunately, after only three years, Debbie and Dana divorced but not before having a daughter, Melissa in 1983.
Dana soon met his second wife, Dorri, and gained a bonus daughter, Miranda Serna. He continued in radio, discovering good music and met some of the greats such as Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam. Unfortunately, during a separation and difficult time in their relationship, Dorri passed away. Dana moved back home to Long Beach and began working with a local engine warehouse where he stayed until his retirement only a few years ago.
Since his retirement, Dana has done some traveling including visiting his daughters and grandkids, and taking care of his mother in her home.
Dana is preceded in death by his father, his second wife, a brother, a nephew, along with some cousins and great friends. He is survived by his mother, both daughters, two sisters, eight grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and all their children. He was loved by so many.
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