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Daniel "Dan" Braughton

July 19, 1962 - June 8, 2016

Dan Braughton, age 53, of Blue Ridge, Texas, passed away unexpectedly in his home Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  He was born July 19, 1962, in Fort Worth, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Braughton of Blue Ridge, Texas; children, Benjamin of San Antonio, Nathan, Abbie and Aaron all of Blue Ridge, Texas; parents Thurman and Kathie Braughton of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brothers Joel Braughton and wife Tanni, and Sam Braughton and wife Paula, sister Carol Duncan and husband Royce; sister-in-law Sandy Setliff and brother-in-law Stan Setliff; as well as uncles and aunts and numerous cousins and nephews.

Dan is preceded in death by his grandparents, Virgil and Nora Lee Braughton, and GC and Orlene Blount.  Also preceding him in death was a dear uncle, Roy Braughton.

Dan spent many years in Malaysia and the Philippines as a child while his parents worked as Southern Baptist missionaries.  He attended Faith Academy High School in Manila and returned to the States following graduation.  Later, he spent two years in the Philippines working with Youth With A Mission.

Dan's interest in languages led him to Summer Institute in Linguistics in Duncanville, Texas, and he eventually finished his college degree at Dallas Baptist University.  In 1988, he married his wife, Melissa, and they celebrated 28 years of happy marriage together.  He began a 19 year career in IT in 1997 with an entry level job at PepsiCo.   As he progressed in his career, Dan brought his unconventional approach to management of projects and people, but the corporate environment never quite managed to work the unconventional out of him.  His quirky sense of humor was liberally applied in every situation possible with meager regard for propriety.  He believed in making other people look good and that his greatest contribution as a people manager was to focus on his people.  As much as Dan applied his unconventional approach to professional life, he applied the concepts of professional life to home and family.  He loved providing vision and focus to family projects and goals and proved many times over that when he determined to make something happen, it was as good as done. 

While Dan enjoyed his work in IT, his passions were firmly centered on his family.  When it made no earthly sense, he generously and whole-heartedly supported his wife, Melissa's, desire to stay at home and focus on children and family.  Together they raised four children of whom he was exceptionally proud.  In 2002, Dan and Melissa opted for life outside the city and moved to Blue Ridge, where they found great pleasure in their small property affectionately called the JustB (Psalm 46:10). 

Dan loved the Blues, classic Rock & Roll, America, the Founding Fathers, babies, entrepreneurial endeavors, his dogs and cats, languages and interesting words, the beach, his barn, God's grace, the men and women serving the American military, gathering his friends together on his porch, country life, logic, taking his family on vacation, and celebrating anything.

Dan was irreverent, not toward the things of God, who garnered his utmost fear and respect, but toward the pretentiousness of life.  His personal assessment was always that he was a sinner in need of a savior, and he never needed to be convinced of man's total depravity before a holy God.  As a self-proclaimed wholly undeserving sinner, he found God's grace to be astounding, and Jesus was his lifelong hero.  Inspired by the undeserved grace he himself received, he was able to extend grace in the most unlikely of places.  It was his delight to make a way for people he loved, whether it was helping someone get a job or one of his children purchase a car.  Making a way for others in life was his tribute to Jesus for making a way for him to hold a place in eternity as one of God's children. 

Although he was very much looking forward to early retirement from PepsiCo, and had plans to begin a much anticipated new chapter in his life involving Real Estate, Dan frequently said, "If I die today, I'll die a happy man."   His family concedes the timing to God and His plan with complete faith that His best timing for one of us is His best timing for all of us, but we will miss this son, brother, husband, father, and friend immeasurably.

A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.  The family will receive friends during a visitation one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Operation Smile in honor of Dan's desire to make the world a better place for children needing facial reconstruction. 

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Dan was at first a customer of mine, but over the years we became good friends. Long after I left my company we continued to meet for lunch or dinner several times a year to discuss our work, our families, and our mutual interests. Dan's wry sense of humor was infectious, and regardless of his circumstances, he always maintained a positive outlook on life. I still have not processed his passing--he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to the Braughton family for your loss. Erik Sampsel, June 14, 2016 I worked with Dan for a long time at Pepsi, he was an outstanding individual. Always a joy to be around , good attitude. Carried himself in a professional manner. He will be sorely missed. I am so sorry for your loss. mark guilloud, June 13, 2016 I was blessed to have known him and to appreciate his wit and his love for life. He always seemed to have a good story to tell. And I was always eager to listen. My deepest condolences to the Braughton family. Dan will be missed by everyone he touched. Raul Garza, June 12, 2016 Thinking about you and praying for the family in this loss to earth but gain to heaven. Sent with love, Jeanne Seaborn Jeanne Seaborn, June 11, 2016 Melissa and family, I was saddened to hear about Dan. We just arrived from the Philippines when Vicki told me about the news....Dan was such full of life. I remembered the great outdoor parties and hayride at your farm that our kids enjoyed. The one I won't forget was when the first time I met him he talked to me in Ilonggo (my mother tongue) - whatever few sentences or words he could remember. That brought a great kindred spirit between us. I miss him dearly but will surely see him someday with Jesus. May His love and comfort surround and hug you at this time. love you all, JP, Vicki and th Cana's in Mckinney.
John Paul Cana, June 11, 2016 I'm sorry to hear is Danny's passing, not for him but for those who will miss seeing him in the coming days and years. May God comfort his family in this time of grief. Stephen McConnel, June 10, 2016 What a beautiful legacy. I do not know your family but I wanted to let you know that, even in death, your husband/father/son/brother has touched another life. Reading about his life and how he lived it makes me want to be better. May God grant you peace and comfort in your sorrow.
Cindy Erickson, June 10, 2016 We are so very sorry and sad to hear about Dan's passing and pray for you during this difficult time that our heavenly Father would give you His peace, comfort and surround you with His love. We always remember the fun time we had at your Fall Party and the fun hay ride the kids enjoyed with Dan a few years ago. Lots of love, Ed, Susanne, Hannah, Olivia & Samuel Susanne Zacharias, June 10, 2016 Dan was such a wonderful witness to the both the importance, and yet the joy, of a life well lived! The way he was able to blend both of those in his life has been impactful to so many of us that worked with him. He is irreplaceable in what he brought to all of us that were privileged to be around him and he will be deeply missed. Bill Journey, June 10, 2016 My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Melissa and family. Dan was an incredible man, what a tragic loss. I worked with Dan for many years, I will remember him as a happy caring man, a man with great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.
Farzad Monabat, June 10, 2016 My Thoughts and Prayers goes out to Melissa and family. Dan was an incredible man, what a tragic loss. I worked with Dan for many years, I will remember him as a happy caring man, a man with great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed. Farzad Monabat, June 10, 2016 I am so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you all. Stacy Reyna , June 10, 2016 Melissa, Our deepest condolences to you, the kids, and your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you today. May God be your refuge and your strength (Psalm 46) and may He comfort you abundantly, for just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ (2 Corinthians 1:5). Please let me know if you need anything. Chris and Betsy Cooley & Family, June 10, 2016 Dan brought laughter to us when we were stressed, you brought wisdom when we were lost, and you brought friendship to all that surrounds you. Now that you are with God you can rest and spread all your good will in heaven. There will always be a bourbon glass next to me for you. We will all miss you. Peter Segalini, June 10, 2016 Dan brought laughter to us when we were stressed, you brought wisdom when we were lost, and you brought friendship to all that surrounds you. Now that you are with God you can rest and spread all your good will in heaven. We will all miss you. Peter Segalini, June 10, 2016 I was just getting to know Dan as a peer as I am new to PepsiCo. He was kind and funny. We just had a group lunch on Tuesday, which he arranged for one of our out of town peers who was in for meetings. I regret not having the time to get to know the man described in the beautiful tribute here but God's timing is perfect, even though we may not know the reasons for the timing. My own father died a little over a year ago and I know he met Dan at the Pearly Gates to welcome him. I pray for peace for your family as you move through the myriad of emotions in the coming days, weeks and even years. Ramona Passmore, June 10, 2016 Danny was in high school and I was only in sixth grade. We missed a bus stop and had to walk back a couple of miles from greenhills mall to tropical hut. Danny carried my saxophone for me all the way back. What a great person and I am truly sorry for your loss David K. Sarmiento MD PHD, June 10, 2016 Dear Melissa - our hearts of love and prayers reach out to you and your precious children. Please know there are scores of friends of the Braughton family in mourning with you. Yet rejoicing as eternal members in God's praise team. "Dear Lord, our Counselor and Protector" may our Sister in Christ Melissa and children feel your loving arms holding them safely to Your side, and may Your Peace and Grace hover over them like a bright cloud filled with blessings and assurance. In Jesus name we unite in prayer, AMEN and AMEN!" God bless you, Melissa and your sons and parents and all. Todd Hamilton Philippine missionary and friend always.
Todd Hamilton, June 10, 2016 In my mind, I still picture Dan as that young guy joining PepsiCo and blowing up balloons for a birthday celebration on his first day. The last time we met, he was enjoying time with friends. I will miss him, but more importantly, my thoughts go out to his family. David Cappellano, June 10, 2016 There was no one like Dan. Fun, quirky, joking, smart, and a true friend who really cared about people. Dan always said he was rich in life because of Melissa and the kids, and his friends weren't too bad neither. Dan left his positive influence on a lot of people, including me. Rest in piece, my good friend. God bless the Braughton family. Mark Shaw, June 10, 2016 My Condolences to the Braughton family during this difficult time, I am so sorry for your loss. Dan was such a great boss, colleague and friend to me and I will miss him sorely. He was so great at helping someone look good to his peers and I am one of those that have benefited from his management and guidance. I have cherished his friendship over the years, and I'm happy to have shared time on this Earth with him. I will miss you my brother. Kirk Yapp, June 10, 2016 My condolences to the Braughtons. I will keep you in my prayers. Gilbert Campos, June 10, 2016 Shocked and saddened by the news. Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill Stephens, June 10, 2016 Melissa and all, May the Lord comfort and sustain you during this time. I will miss him but look forward with great anticipation to the glorious reunion in heaven. David Irwin, June 10, 2016 Lord, bless and comfort during this time of mourning. John & Anne Brackin , June 10, 2016 Dearest Melissa. You and the children, are in my thoughts and prayers! I love you all! Nancy Hyatt , June 10, 2016 My condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss. Dan was a wonderful co-worker and he will truly be missed. Sam I am truly sorry for your loss, I know how close you were too your brother. Karen Winters, June 10, 2016 Dan was a wonderful man. A friend and colleague. We never passed up a chance to talk if we saw each other in the hallways or cafeteria. I always looked forward to sharing what was going on in my life and hearing what was happening in his. We had so much in common. He always spoke highly of his wife and kids. Thoughts and prayers to the family. You will be missed my friend. Rob
Rob Lytle, June 10, 2016 We knew Dan as a teenager. He didn't fit the normal teenage mold which made him special to us. We are sorry that he is no longer with us and are so thankful for his life devoted to serving God and others. May God give his family peace that passes understanding. Les and Jan Hill, June 10, 2016 To Dan's Family, I offer my Condolences...Dan was a very caring, considerate Manager...I will always appreciate the kindness he showed...I am deeply sorry for your loss...I pray that God will see you through this difficult time. Mina Newby Winston Salem, NC Mina Newby, June 10, 2016 Praying for the family, especially Kathy and Thurman. Emily Ruth & James Watson, June 9, 2016 I am so sorry for your loss. May God strengthen you during this difficult time, may His love envelop and comfort you,
Lynda Delsol, June 9, 2016 We are so sorry about Dan, you and kids need anything please let us know . Our prayers are with you and the kids. Rod & LaDonna Rod and LaDonna Hinson, June 9, 2016 Fellow PI MK and had one year where we went to Faith together and have wonderful and fond memories of Danny. We even had one year together at Samford U. in Bham. It was great to renew an old friendship with Danny on Facebook a few years back. My sympathies to the family and I will uplift you in prayers in the coming days and months. Doug Compher, June 9, 2016 Melissa: I am saddened by your loss. I knew Danny from Georgetown Baptist Church. He was only 5 months younger than me. He will be greatly missed yet we shall rejoice at meeting him again one day. May the memories of Danny and the love of family and friends surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Phyllis Phyllis Hooi, June 9, 2016 We remember Dan as a fun-loving kid. Though we haven't seen him in years, we remember him with lots of love and grieve with his family in their loss. We praise God for a life well-lived, as one who recognizes the love and forgiveness available for all of us through Jesus Christ. We send our love to all the family and ask for God's peace and comfort for each of you.
Marvella Thompson, June 9, 2016 I will remember most about Danny is his smile. Everyttime I saw him he was always happy! My deepest sympathy. With love, cousin Tori Tori Braughton Orrell, June 9, 2016 Dan Braughton was one of the finest men I knew. We bonded over work stuff, and grew to be friends. He told me that he "came with a group of six" and took me home to meet his family! Billy and Dan hit it off, and we were able to pursue our friendship outside of work! Yay! As a leader at work, he truly believed in the concept "if you take care of your people, all will fall in place" and he walked the walk. He did all that he could to motivate, train and look after those that worked for him. It started out with me mentoring him as a new manager...but very quickly my mentee was becoming the mentor on many occasions. As the leader of his family, he showed me how a family of 6 had to,be run with a firm hand, a chore list that got done, a partner that believed as he did, cooking en mass, yet with God and love firmly ensconced in everything. Watching the kids grow up has been a pleasure. God knew what he was doing when he found Melissa, as she was the perfect, and always working wife. We fell in love with the total Dan Braughton package, and we were lucky to have been a part of his life. My condolences and prayers to,the whole family....he will leave a big hole in all of our hearts! With much love, Kathy Windham Kathy & Billy Windham, June 9, 2016 So sorry for your loss. Dan will be missed. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sukshma Rajagopalan, June 9, 2016 My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I have no doubt Dan will want you to celebrate his life and all that he believed in. He was a great character to work with always with a positive perspective. He will be greatly missed. Ronald Brown, June 9, 2016 Melissa, Abbie, and family- I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father. we are praying for comfort and strength for your family. If you need anything, pls know you can contact me. Much love to you all! Sharla, June 9, 2016 My deepest sympathy and condolence to Melissa and family. What a tragic loss. i will remember Dan as a happy caring man. Cynthia Colletti, June 9, 2016 Melissa and the kids.... Dan will truly be missed by all of us. He was a great man and like an older brother to me. My heart feels your pain right now and we are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and the kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. Please let me know if you guys need anything. God Bless you and the family. -Sterling Sterling Thomas , June 9, 2016 Melissa and kids, please know we are praying for you all today and in the days and months ahead. It is hard to find words, but reading about his life tells me so much about his love for God and his family. What a blessing he was and I know God will lift you up in the days ahead. We love y'all very much! Stephanie Brock, June 9, 2016 Dan will truly be missed. He has always been a very kind, genuine and supportive person. I feel blessed to have known him. My condolences go out the family, along with prayers of strength. Angelia Angelia, June 9, 2016 Our Thoughts and Prayers goes out to Dan's family and friends. I have personally worked with Dan for over 10 years and can attest to his quirky sense of humor. Without a doubt, Dan loved his family, Country and a Great Joke. He will be sorely missed. Matt Murphy, June 9, 2016 Oh, Melissa. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have always had a deep, undying affection for that rascally husband of yours. I know you will miss him terribly. - Marcie Marcie Barker, June 9, 2016 So very sorry. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless you all. Susie Stewart, June 9, 2016 We are so deeply sorry for the unexpectly loss of Dan. We will be lifting your family up in prayer. LeeAnn Ofotokun and family , June 9, 2016 Our hearts are very heavy, we have lost an amazing Father, Husband, Son, Brother and Friend!! Melissa, we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We hold very dear the time that we were able to spend with you and Dan on your last trip to Winston Salem. Good Times, Great Friends we will always remember!
Tony and Tina McLure, June 9, 2016 Melissa, My heart is broken and I am so sorry for you and your family. Dan definitely had a blessed life and the most beautiful family. We love you so much and know if you and the kids need anything we are here for you. Love, Jeannie Jeannie Letourneau , June 9, 2016 Dan was an incredible man. The best of the best. Salt of the earth. He will dearly missed. Shannon Gaither, June 9, 2016