Sept. 8, 1989 – June 11, 2011
Ian Alexander Brandow, 21, a senior at UC Davis from Mi Wuk Village, Calif., fell into the swift-flowing South Fork of the Stanislaus River below Lyons Reservoir near his home on Saturday, June 11, 2011, while fishing with father and two brothers, and drowned. He had fished this stretch of river, a family favorite, the previous day with his brothers and caught two trout. His body was recovered by search crews on Thursday, June 16, 20011.
He was born at the Sierra Birth Center in Sonora on Sept. 8, 1989, to Paul and Mary Ann Brandow of Mi Wuk Village, Calif. He attended Mother Lode Christian School in Tuolumne City through the eighth grade and was class valedictorian. He attended Summerville High School where he graduated in 2007 as the class salutatorian. He played football in his senior year of high school where he received the team nickname “Headache” after he sustained two concussions.
At the time of the fishing accident, he was enrolled at UC Davis and had just completed his second to last set of finals. He would have graduated in December 2011 with a major in civil engineering and a minor in economics. He had just heard that he passed the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists exam, which he had taken earlier this year, and had received his engineer-in-training certificate. Both of Ian’s grandfathers were engineers.
Ian enjoyed fishing, backpacking, snowboarding, target shooting and an occasional friendly poker game. He had just purchased a motorcycle, but his favorite activity was simply spending time with his family.
He was a professing Christian and attended worship services at Calvary Chapel Sonora and Calvary Chapel Davis. He enjoyed studying the Bible. One of Ian’s favorite verses was 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Ann Brandow, and his two brothers Sean and Ben, all of Mi Wuk Village, and his grandmother Karen James of Turlock. Ian is also survived four uncles, four aunts, nine cousins and numerous friends, many of whom live in Davis, including his uncle Clay and aunt Brooke Brandow and cousins Brianna and Chloe, and his aunt Sue and uncle Brent Miille and cousins Jed, Ema and Jake.
He was preceded death by grandparents Helen Brandow in 1988, Art Brandow of Davis in 2006 and stepgrand father Ed James in 2003.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Calvary Chapel Church at 19889 Soulsbyville Road in Soulsbyville, Calif. A potluck meal will follow.
For those so desiring, the family asks that donations in memory of Ian be made to Hope of the Nations. This ministry was founded by Harold and Connie Knepper, who gave Ian the nickname “E-man.” Donations may be sent to: Hope of the Nations, P.O. Box 73, Gilroy, CA 95201 or through PayPal at: http//www.hopeofthenationstz.org/donate.
Terzich and Wilson of Sonora are handling the arrangements.