Date of Birth: March 14, 1955
Date of Death: August 31, 2022
John Edward Brand III was born in Phoenix to John Brand Jr. and Lillian Brand (Hedgecock). John grew up with a love for Arizona and the outdoors. He grew up attending Christ Church Lutheran with his family. After graduating Camelback High School in 1973, John pursued a career in computer operations and thrived in the Dial Corporation, formerly known as Greyhound Dial Corporation. It was there that he served as Lead Operator and Supervisor. In June 1983, John married Kathleen ("Kathy") Legutko. Two years later they welcomed daughter Emily (Quezada) and in 1990, son John (“Jack”) Edward Brand IV. John was the proud grandfather of Lincoln (7), Alayna (6), Sano (5), and Landen (2). His passions included ice hockey, animals, target shooting and dove hunting, and his ultimate joy was playing jazz bass guitar. The second eldest of four siblings, he is survived by older sister Barbara & brother-in-law Paul (Barnum), brother Jeff & sister-in-law Vicki, younger sister Beth, former wife Kathy, daughter Emily & son-in-law Josh (Quezada), son Jack & daughter-in-law Brittany, his grandchildren, many more loving nieces, nephews and friends, and his ever-faithful animal companion, Ruger the German Shepherd.
John's Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10th at Best Funeral Services (501 E. Dunlap Ave.). A private viewing will be held for the family from 1:00-1:30, with the public welcome from 1:30-4:00 pm. The service celebrating John's life will begin at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider a donation to the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Game and Fish, or Hospice of the Valley in John’s honor. For those who wish to donate directly to family, please contact Kathy Brand.