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Story Last modified at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

James Carlton "Moz" Brand


James Brand

Feb. 2, 1976-Aug. 30, 2010

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.

The family would like to thank all the people at Providence hospital, the ACC floor, for taking such good care of James, his family and friends. Thank you to all the staff and parents at Eagle River Christian School for all the prayers and for taking care of the family and friends in their time of need, and thank you to Janssen Funeral Home.

James is survived by his wife, Anoma; mother, Barbara Auman of Eagle River; father, James Brand and stepmother Carleen Brand of Texas; brothers David and Taylor Auman of Eagle River; stepfather, David Auman; cats Neko and Hime; grandmother Dorothy Starrett of South Carolina; grandparents Carlton and Louise Brand of Texas; great-aunts; aunts; uncles; cousins; his Thai family; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anchorage SPCA, 549 W International Airport Road, Suite B2, Anchorage, AK 99518.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.