Richard Hugh Branson, 65, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010, at his home in Dickinson, Texas. He was surrounded by his very loving family.
Richard Hugh Branson
J Levy & Termini Funeral Home
Richard was a very reputable attorney and prosecutor who was well known throughout the State of Texas. He practiced law in Tennessee for a number of years before relocating to Texas where he was the Assistant District Attorney and First Assistant District Attorney, for many years, in the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office. Upon his retirement in the year 2000, Richard entered into private practice of law and continued his service to all of the Galveston County community. While in private practice, Richard also served as the City Prosecutor in the Texas City Municipal Courts. He also worked for several years in Williamson County where he served as the Assistant District Attorney in that area of Texas. His outstanding reputation earned him the title of “a Prosecutor’s Prosecutor”. He was a highly respected trial lawyer who was known for his integrity and great courtroom skills. He had a keen intelligence and quick wit and will most certainly be remembered by his many associates for his loyalty to his profession and his understanding for fair justice.
Richard was a veteran who served his country proudly in the United States Army, Intelligence Unit, who saw combat in Vietnam and with significant distinction until such time that he was honorably discharged.
Richard had a great love for his family and for his multitude of friends, as well as his love and affirmation for the Mormon Church. He was a kind individual whose generosity and life touched upon the lives of many.
Richard is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jean Weems. He leaves behind many wonderful memories with his loving wife and “honey”, Martha Rios Branson of Dickinson, Texas; and children, Elias Reyna, III and wife, Griselda, Dianna Reyna and fiance, Robert Valdez and Al Reyna and wife, Jenny. Also saddened by his loss, are Richard’s grandchildren, Destiny, Sebastian, Adrian and Damian Reyna. Richard is also survived by his extended family, mother-in-law, Elvira Rios, sisters and brothers-in-law, Ana Jaramillo and husband, Tony, Ruben Rios, Larry Rios and wife, Diane, Mark Rios, Leticia Sablan and husband, Anthony and Jose Rios, numerous loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and a host of other loving family and friends. He will be very deeply missed.
Richard will be honored with a Memorial Service in his memory at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 4655 South Shore Boulevard, League City, Texas, with Bishop Dude Butler, officiating. Honoring his wishes, Richard’s family has lovingly granted his wish to be cremated.
In lieu of flowers, Richard’s family is requesting that memorials in his memory be made to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 4655 South Shore Blvd., League City, Texas, c/o of Bishop Dude Butler.
Richard’s family would like to take this opportunity to give a very special thank you to the entire staff of Amed Hospice and DME, especially, DME employees, Elvis Lewis, IV and Felice Hunter.