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Tribute to Walter G Brandon Sr June 30th, 2012

Walt

Mink acknowledges those Walt started out

Mink's thanks

Walt's boss

FWF Jim Schuette

Kissimmee River Valley Sportsman Association

Mariana B Jones

Franklin Adams

Plaque for Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

Linda Stanley

Diane Jones Geans

Walt's Thanks

Walt & Mink - FWF June 16, 2012 - 62 yrs

WALTER G. BRANDON, SR. WAS BORN IN CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA TO LILIAN HILL) AND WALTER GOODSON BRANDON ON APRIL 1ST, 1928. HE MOVED TO FLORIDA IN THE 1940S AND IN 1950 MARRIED MAE "MINK", HIS WIFE OF 62 YEARS. THEY HAVE A DAUGHER - SUSAN - A SON - W. GLENN BRANDON, JR. - AND A GRANDSON - JUSTIN BRANDON OF NEW JERSEY.

WALT JOINED THE ARMY AND SERVED IN THE 101ST AIRBORNE AND THE FIFTH ARMY COMBAT ENGINEERS. IN 1957, WALT AND FELLOW SPORTSMEN FOUNDED THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION LEAGUE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY WHERE HE WENT ON TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT FOR FIVE TERMS.

IN 1960, HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF THE EVERGLADES COORDINATING COUNCIL WHERE HE SERVED AS A DELEGATE FOR MANY YEARS. GOVERNOR RUBIN ASKEW APPOINTED WALT TO SERVE ON THE EVERGLADES RECREATIONAL BOARD IN 1973.

FROM 1970-1980, WALT SERVED ON THE PALM BEACH COUNTY ANIMAL REGULATION ADVISORY BOARD, SERVING AS CHAIRMAN FOR THREE TERMS.

WALT IS PAST PRESIDENT, AND PAST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PALM BEACH COUNTY AIRBOAT AND HALFTRACK CONSERVATION CLUB, INC. WHERE HE HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR MANY YEARS.

WALT IS ALSO RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE EVERGLADES YOUTH CAMP, LOCATED IN THE J.W. COBRBETT MANAGEMENT AREA IN PALM BEACH COUNTY. THE CAMP TEACHES "CITY KIDS" ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD AND THE UNIQUE ENVIRONMMENT OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO, WALT ALSO HELPED CREATE THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR CONSERVATION EXHIBIT AND IN 1995, WAS NAMED CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR. HE CONTINUES TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SOUTH FLORDIA FAIR AND PAST DIRECTOR OF FRIENDS OF CORBETT.

WALT'S OTHER VOLUNTEER EFFORTS INCLUDE SERVING AS AN APPOINTED ADVISOR TO THE GAME AND FRESH WATER FISH COMMISSION AND THE TURKEY FEDERATION.

WALT IS A MASONIC MASON SERVING THREE TERMS AS MASTER OF PALM LODGE #327 F&M, THE SCOTTISH RITES BODIES OF LAKE WORTH, AND THE AMARA SHRINE TEMPLE.

JOINING THE FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION IN 1959, WALT HAS TIRELESSLY PROMOTED CONSERVATION AS A MEMBER SERVING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND AS PRESIDENT. IN 1979, WALT AND OTHER FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION BOARD MEMBERS PRESENTED THEN-PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER WITH AN AWARD CONCERNING THE SAVING OF LANDS IN ALASKA. WALT EVEN ENJOYED A PRIVATE CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT IN THE OVAL OFFICE. FOR HIS STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO FLORIDA, HER WOODS AND WATERS, AND HIS UNMATCHED RECORD OF FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE, WALT WAS INDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION HALL OF FAME IN 2009.

WHILE WORKING FOR THE SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN OF FLORIDA, HE WAS HEAD OF HIS OWN PAINTING COMPANY BEFORE CLOSING THE BUSINESS IN 1991. HE WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, SERVING AS VICE PRSDIENT. SINCE HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE PAINTING BUSINESS, WALT IS ENJOYING HIS LEISURE TIME SITTING ON HIS BACK PORCH WATCHING ALL THE BIRDS AT THE BIRDFEEDERS - EXCEPT THOSE PESKY PIDGEONS!

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY AIRBOAT AND HALFTRACK CONSERVATION CLUB HAS BEEN FORTUNATE TO BE THE BENEFICIARY OF COUNTLESS VOLUNTEER HOURS AND COMMITMENT GIVEN BY WALT TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF CONSERVATION. TONIGHT WE HOPE THIS TRIBUTE WILL IN SOME SMALL WAY EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE FOR THE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION HE HAS MADE TO PROTECTING THE LANDS AND WILDLIFE OF FLORIDA FOR EACH OF US AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

WALT WE ALL THANK YOU AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR LEAVING US A LEGACY TO FOLLOW. YOU ARE AMAZING....WAIT A MINUTE I THINK I JUST FIGURED OUT HOW MINK PUT UP WITH YOU ALL THESE YEARS.... YOU WERE NEVER HOME YOU WERE ALWAYS OFF SOMEWHERE IN A MEETING... MINK NO WONDER YOU LOOK SO YOUNG!!!

BISHOP WRIGHT JR



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