Celebrating the Memorable Life of Tom Branch With His Memorial Fund

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Tom Branch was born in Paris, France on October 13, 1959.  He was the oldest of three children born to Parker and Lorraine Branch.  Surrounded by friends and family, Tom left us way too soon in the early morning hours of September 13, 2014 after a courageous 9-month battle with kidney cancer.  He is survived by his wife Gina, sons Thomas and Jack, step-daughters Ashley and Jordan Adams, his father Parker, his brother Patrick and his wife Shelly, and his sister Helene.  He also adored his three grandchildren – Kaydence, Parker and Ava, along with his many nieces and nephews.

Tom proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Air Force.  He began as a Russian linguist and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in Air Force Recruiting.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal after serving in the first Gulf War.  Post military, Tom was a Human Resources Director briefly, but found his calling as a residential real estate broker.  Tom served on the Board of Directors for the Collin County Association of Realtors, chaired several committees, and was voted the 2013 Realtor of the Year for all of Collin County.  He will be remembered for his servant leadership, and his unselfish gift of time and expertise to help others become better at their craft.  When not working, Tom enjoyed amateur radio, traveling, and live music.  He always said life is about experiences, not material objects.

Tom’s life was celebrated on Friday, at the home of Ivy and David Boland in Frisco, Texas.

Now we ask you to celebrate another way: in lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks that you donate to the Thomas Branch Memorial Fund to help defray medical expenses and other costs associated with being underinsured. As many of us know too well, major illnesses wreak havoc on the best laid savings plans.

Please go here to donate:  http://www.gofundme.com/TomBranchMemorial.

The Branch family thanks all the wonderful friends and family for their continued love and support during this difficult time. And we thank Tom for the years of friendship, support, and sharing of real estate education. Rest in peace, dear friend, and our love for your family and friends.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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