James Brand, 34, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Aug. 30, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
James was born Feb. 2, 1976, in Houston. He went to school in Texas, California and Alaska. James started college in Texas and was finishing at University of Alaska Anchorage. James was working as a bus driver for Forsythe Transportation and going to UAA at the time of his death.
He had his own bands – Pokey was the name of the first one in Alaska, and he played with many other bands in Alaska and in the Lower 48. James was a published writer. He wrote and published his own "Zine," Oi PUNK. He has written many poems and stories. He has many music recordings. He worked on the music to the movies "The Wild Man of the Navidad" and the new "Texas Chainsaw Murders," his family said. James was working on another movie at the time of his death.
James was the type of person who would give anyone the shirt off his back. He did not believe in judging people, just helping them. He is sincerely missed and his memory will carry on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. James loved music, taking photos, exploring Alaska with his wife, his family, his cats and making friends. James was an organ and tissue donor. Many people are blessed because of the generous "gift of life" he gave.
He was also a devout and wise Buddhist meditator and friend in dhamma to many of us. He talked of his future plans in a private message to me via an on-line forum:
esangha is where we first chatted, i wanted to come see you in Thailand and get that beginning meditation teacher thingy. i still need to do something like that, i'd like to start a group here at my temple for non Thais, or Thais who would like to learn in English. many times when i was actually living at the temple i had to give instructions to americans who came by, but it was sugested to me by one monk that i get "certified" i have no idea how to do that except in the IMS tradition but they dont interest me much. my wife is thai, i practice in thai settings, i would be leading the group in a thai temple so...
Maybe now he'll be able to follow his dreams. Keep going, JC.