Brandon “Brandy” Burns was born to James and Sandra Burns in Denver, Colorado on January 20, 1963.
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Brandy soon moved to Billings, a place where most all of his relatives lived and could fawn over the “first grandchild”. Brandy’s childhood was radically changed at age 4 by his father’s death in Vietnam. This life disruption caused the family to relocate to Tempe, Arizona, where Brandy became interested in sports and found that his aggressive style worked great for football.
Moving back to Billings as a sophomore at West High, Brandy found his forever friends and embraced the Montana lifestyle, even becoming a partner in a fly tying business. Brandy joined the Air Force shortly after high school and saw the world, but always wanted to get back to his home state. He did return to Montana where he became the father of Brenna and Tyler, and eventually became the proud uncle of Cameron and Sydney Burns. Brandy seemed to find joy later in life, entering into a relationship with his partner, Josh Rustad.
Brandy is preceded in death by his mother, father and grandparents. Brandy will be laid to rest next to his mom and maternal grandparents, and just across the street from his paternal grandparents. Family was always important to him, even when he couldn’t find the words.
Brandy is survived by his partner, Josh, brother Brett, children Brenna and Tyler, niece and nephew Cameron and Sydney, along with many other friends and relatives who enjoyed him on the journey.