Jason Bud Branham

Jason Bud Branham, 32, passed away in St. George, Utah on October 22, 2019, at home with his parents at his bedside. His passing was the result of a 14 month battle with Glioma Brain Cancer. He was born on August 12, 1987 in St. George, Utah to Bud and Ellen Branham. In 6th Grade his family moved to Riverside, Iowa, where he graduated from Highland High School.

At 6’4”, Jason was tall, lanky, agile, and strong. He could climb anything and was always up for a challenge. He was passionate about bull riding and rode his first steer at 2 years old and last bull shortly before his diagnosis. Despite his height, he was a successful bull rider, competing and winning throughout the Midwest.

Jason worked construction and particularly enjoyed framing for both home and commercial properties. He loved all food and was never a picky eater, often creating food combinations from leftovers that made his family cringe. He loved hunting with his dad, playing video games, wearing crazy socks, and listening to classic rock, old country, and rap music. He was an amazing uncle and loved being around his nieces and nephews.

Jason is loved dearly by his family and will be greatly missed. Despite the many challenges his diagnosis presented over the past year, he handled them with grace and zero complaints.

He is survived by his parents, Bud and Ellen Branham of St. George, Utah; sisters Tina Tubbs (Blake) of Fruitland, Idaho, Jessie Price (Robert) of Bountiful, Utah, and Kristi Dawn Brokaw (Nate) of Grimes, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Gunner Hardy, Nyah Tubbs, KaBella Price, Treyson Tubbs, Ruger Price, Citori Price, Brecken Tubbs, Junuh Brokaw, and Penley Brokaw; grandparents Garn and Dorothy Huntington of St. George, Utah and Dean Branham of Glade Park, Colorado; as well as other aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and loved ones throughout the United States. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Bessie Branham.

Ride a bull cowboy,

Put a leg on each side,

Keep your mind in the middle,

Don’t look at the ground,

When the 8 second buzzer rings,

This cowboy will get his wings.

Love, Mom

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary. Visitations will be Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A Webcast will be available: Go to Webcast.funeralrecording.com      Event: 24319     Password: JBB1219

The family is grateful for the many that served and cared for Jason. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in Iowa City, Iowa or Alliance Home Health & Hospice in St. George, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Jason’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



6:00-8:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 a.m.


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 p.m.
St. George City Cemetery
700 E. Tabernacle
St. George, UT

Guest Book

39 Responses

  1. Jason… this hits heavy… man we had many memories growing up near one another! Ride on brother till I see you again! 🙁

  2. Jason you was a hell of a man friend and most of all one hell of a cowboy. Ride them rank ones up the sky pard.

  3. Rest In Peace cowboy, was a pleasure knowing you and judge you many times, your entries are paid my friend

  4. Ellen & Bud: So sorry for your loss, I think that Jason will be with you now and through eternity. Just remember that Jason and Tae are up there getting things in order, so that, the rest of you will not have so much to do.
    the karrs

  5. Jason and I meet a few short years ago as I judged and clowned many a same rodeos he rode at. Jason was instantly a friend and always a good hand! Kind to youngsters helpful to beginners and counterparts and will be missed dearly by his rodeo family as well.

  6. Bud, Ellen and family so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tom & Ardie Frees

  7. Bud and Ellen. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your Son was a Great young man. I do know what it’s like to loose one of your children. I also lost my son November 11th, 1997, along with my Daughter-in-law, and an unborn grandchild. After all of this time it still seems like only yesterday. I remember that you have aa strong belief in God. Now is the time to let him help you. I will keep you in my Prayers, God Bless you.

  8. My deepest sympathies goes out to you all at this unbelievable time. Losing your child, no matter the age is unbearable. Bud I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all !

  9. Jason you were one of a kind!!! You gave the greatest hugs and never knew a stranger!!! God called a great one home!!! I hope you are up there with Mert laughing and joking away like always!!! Will miss you son! Love Momma Deeg!!!

  10. Bud & Ellen,
    Linda & I are so sorry for your loss. God has another plan for Jason. You and your family are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
    Pat & Linda

  11. To a good friend… made lots of memories together. BB guns in the barn, throwing rocks and jumping the geo metro are just a few! Will miss ya. RIP.

  12. I am so very sorry for the loss of a great soul. Went to school with Jason and he ALWAYS made sure everyone was happy and if not he could find a way to make them laugh! He sure had many experiences on bulls and that’s what he truly lived to do!!! He will be missed!! Hugs of strength to mom and dad!! You raided a great man and many were blessed to have memories with him!!!

  13. Jason always had a good heart and is a special spirit. He definitely loved the exciting things in life. No matter how bad he got hurt riding bulls, he always wanted to get up and go again. When he was in Scouts we took weeks to build a raft to float down the Iowa river for 4 days and 3 nights. I don’t think he spent more than an hour total on the raft, he was always in the water. It is one of my favorite memories. My prayers love are with him and his family. Be at peace.

  14. So young so sad, I am sure he was meet at heaven by lots of family. See you when we get there Jason.

  15. So sorry to hear this. We enjoyed watching Jason through his teen and young adult years. How incredibly sad you all had to go through this.

  16. I am So Sorry to hear of Jason’s passing.
    Many times Jason would ride horses past my house & would have an audience of my “Little’s” (Daycare kids) thinking how cool it was to see a “Real Cowboy”
    You are all in my prayers.
    Kari Hahn & Family

  17. My deepest condolences to you Bud and Ellen your family, may you find comfort in your loving memories, and knowing familys are forever

  18. Bud, Ellen, and family;
    So sorry for your loss and heartache. I don’t know exactly what to say, so I won’t say more except that I feel for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you much. Jo Pauley

  19. I am so very, very sorry to hear of Jason’s passing. My condolences to you all. May God bless you.
    Sharon Welch

  20. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

  21. So glad I was able to help care for Jason during his illness. I considered it sacred task. He was always patient with me as I learned the “ins and outs” of preparing his thickened water and Ensure. My favorite memory was when he stood in front of our small branch when we met at Blair House years ago and sang to Bud on Father’s Day. He sure loved his family. His obituary is a fitting tribute to a wonderful and caring young man. I will miss him. Please accept my sincerest sympathy as your family deals with this loss and know that I am thinking of you. Let happy memories be a comfort at this time. I pray that Heavenly Father will grant you a generous measure of peace. Your loving “sister”, Joette.

  22. Bud and Ellen
    I am so sorry to hear of Jasons passing. Although I never met him he sounds like he was an awesome young man. Of course I would expect nothing less being he was your son. I’m glad he was back home in Utah and surrounded by family when he earned his wings. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very dark time.

  23. Bud and Ellen Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Keep the Faith
    Stan and Valerie Chess

  24. Bud, I have thought about you a lot since seeing you at the class reunion and I wondered why. Now, after hearing about your son I wish I would have taken time to sit and visit with you. You were a good friend and we had some fun times together. My heart goes out to you and your sweet wife. I will keep your family in my prayers as you face this difficult time. Love, Arlene

  25. Bud, Ellen, Kristi and Family, This news breaks my heart. So very sorry for your loss. Gone way too soon. May Jason Rest In Peace. God Bless you all, sending thoughts and prayers.

  26. Ellen & Bud Branham
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve been a member of the church 11 years but I only met Jason a few times. He was an amazing young man from what I saw. & even though I didn’t really know him I’m grateful he was able to join you Ellen at my birthday dinner at pizza ranch back in May. R.I.P Jason. You will be missed.

  27. My heart goes out to y’all. He was one of the good ones and will be greatly missed! Lots of prayers and hugs.

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