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Branwell David Fanning

Branwell (Bran) David Fanning passed away August 8th, 2017, after an exceptional life of 91 years. Bran is remembered as a world changer, a gentleman and a humble man of service. He was a strong, understated leader who had a way of connecting with people, bringing out their best and encouraging them to help get things done. He was a wonderful storyteller and a kind, principled man with a quick wit.

Born in Hines, Illinois, on November 13th, 1925, Bran grew up in Riverside, Illinois, served 2½ years in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Northwestern University. In 1952, Bran married Carolyn Winterson, his wife of 64 years. They moved to California in 1960, making Tiburon their home for 55 years.

Bran was one of the founders of Tiburon. He was chairman of the Tiburon Peninsula Coordinating Council, and organized the group that successfully incorporated the city of Tiburon in 1964. Bran was twice elected mayor and served eight years on the City Council. He spearheaded the acquisition and development of the Tiburon Bike Path. Bran served on countless Tiburon committees and was Tiburon town historian for 16 years.
Bran served on the board of the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary for over 50 years and on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission for six years. He was a member of the Tiburon Belvedere Rotary Club for 35-plus years, serving as president in 1984-85. Bran was a longtime docent with the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and a member of the Tiburon Peninsula Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club.

Bran was a world traveler whose career in the tourism and marketing industries spanned a quarter century, taking him to over 100 countries. He was an internationally recognized authority in the travel, transportation and tourism fields and considered an innovator within the travel industry. Bran was instrumental in developing the Central American tourism industry, working with the U.S. State Department and the Organization of Central American States. He was regional tourism advisor to the secretariat of Central American Tourism Integration, creating and implementing the master development plans for establishing and advancing their tourism industry. Bran later had a highly successful real estate career, specializing in investment and commercial buildings and golf courses.

Bran loved photography, history, travel, public speaking, sailing, golf and time with family. He wrote six books: "The Tiburon Peninsula," "Angel Island" (with William Wong), "Marin County," "Maritime Marin," "Then and Now: Tiburon and Belvedere" and "The Wartime Adventures of the Delta Queen."

Bran is survived by his daughters, Dianne Fanning-Flores (James) of Corte Madera, Barbara Roberts (Eric) of Tiburon and Kathleen Daggett (Cortland) of Santa Rosa, and his three treasured grandsons, David Daggett and Max and Luke Roberts. Bran's beloved wife, Carolyn, passed away in April.

A funeral service will be held at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon on Monday, October 2nd, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary or the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society.

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