William Parnell Branigan III


William Parnell Branigan III passed away peacefully on March 28, 2018 from complications of cancer in Cedar Edge, Colorado.

Most people knew him as Rocky, we knew him as Dad and Pop.  He was born on May 5, 1943 to Air Force Major William and Muriel Branigan in Monroe, Louisiana.  He lived in many exciting places during his childhood but his parents called San Antonio home.  While in San Antonio he attended Saint Leo grade school and Saint Mary’s 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 finally landing in Liberty Hill, Texas.  After Liberty Hill he spent a few years in Rockport where he met his wife, Barbara, of 31 years.  He loved Barbara very much and she has many love notes to remind her of the good times they spent together.  Hand in hand they moved to Colorado and lived in Breckenridge and Cedar Edge.

He was a proud member of Mensa after joining in 1979 and wore his belt buckle with pride. He enjoyed his morning crossword, hiking in the mountains, fishing and smoking his pipe.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

His memory will carry on in his loving wife Barbara, children Jon Branigan and Sarah Larison, their spouses Rose and Ted, grandchildren Cierra, Drake, Charli and Dax Branigan and Rhône and Maggie Larison and great-granddaughter Kynlee.  And also in his siblings, Sister Renee Branigan and Kerry Branigan Garrison and her husband Don.