Jan. 16, 1948-Feb. 17, 2014
Fred C. Brand was born in Watsonville and lived nearly all his life in Santa Cruz County. Fred spent his early years on his parentís apple ranch, and then moved to their new home on Hames Road in his teen years.
Fred attended Bradley School, and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1966.
His education at Cabrillo College was interrupted when he was called up to military service in April of 1968. Fred took his basic training at Ft. Lewis, WA, and was shipped to Viet Nam in September, 1968. After his year-long tour was up in September, 1969, he finished his service at Fort Ord in April, 1970, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant (E-5).
Fred spent the next 40 years as a truck driver for local companies, most recently Hildebrand Trucking. He was a long-time member of the Teamsters local 890, the American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans associations.
Fred was predeceased by his parents Henry and Nora Brand, and brothers Bill Brand, in 2012, and Jim Brand, in 2013. He leaves his siblings Dorothy Summers, Kathryn Pettus and her husband Bill, Jan Goldman, Judy Bright, and Leonard Brand and his wife, Dolly. He also leaves many nephews and nieces, and many friends.
Fredís cremains will be laid to rest with military honors in the Central Coast Veteranís Cemetery after its completion in the near future.
Fred was known for his kindness and mild manner. He didnít live the kind of life most people lead, but he always took responsibility for his own actions and decisions. He never truly came home from Viet Nam, and that experience influenced his life afterward. He was truly a gentle giant of a man, and heíll be missed. For the complete article see the 04-15-2014 issue.
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