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David Branson

David Branson went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 7, 2021, at the age of 91. Per his request, no services are planned.

David’s life began June 27, 1930, in Newton, a son of Frank and Laura (Dooley) Branson.

David graduated from Phillips University with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953, his Bachelor of Divinity in 1957, and his Doctorate of Divinity in 1987.

David moved to Marion in March of 1974 as pastor of Marion Christian Church.

He immediately became involved with Marion Athletic Association, volunteering to coach baseball and help maintain the field — anything from cutting grass to repairing the bleachers.

He went on to umpire as much as he found time to do so. After umpiring, he worked with Babe Ruth baseball at both the district and state levels.

There are so many stories to tell about David. Most important, he knew at an early age his purpose in life was to be a minister.

David served God his entire life, as can be seen through his numerous pastoral positions, including his tenure in Texas serving the communities of Muleshoe, Edinburg, Donna, and El Paso.

David also had pulpits in Salem, Oregon, and in Sawyer, Clearwater, and Lyons in addition to Marion in Kansas.

David is survived by his wife, Diane (Lehnus) Branson, of 47 years and his son, Ty Branson of Andres, Texas.

David had four grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart: Jenna Olson of Florida, Joel and Jackie Branson of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Jacey (Branson) Barrentine of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Last modified Sept. 15, 2021