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From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Photo from our 45th Class Reunion)



James N. Brandon


James N. "Jim" Brandon passed away on April 8, 2008, in Barstow, Calif.

Jim was born in Eau Claire on Sept. 1, 1940, to Evelyn "Dolly" (Soppeland) Brandon. He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1959 and from UW-Eau Claire in 1967.

Jim is survived by his uncle, Willard "Frank" Soppeland of Eau Claire; close cousins and close friends in Barstow, Oxnard, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Eau Claire, Cadott and Plain.

Jim was either "The Desert Rat" or "The California Kid," depending on which way his gas pedal was pointed; and the Pacific Ocean will get his ashes.

Jim's sense of humor will be sorely missed.