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Allan Pershing  Brandes, Jr.

Obituary for Allan Pershing Brandes, Jr.

December 11, 1943 - November 30, 2018
Lakeway, Texas | Age 74


Allan Pershing Brandes, Jr. passed away at the age of 74 on Friday November the 30th at St. David's Main Hospital, Austin, Texas. Funeral services are scheduled at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 Ranch Road 620S, Lakeway, TX. 78734, at 2:00 p,m, Friday, December 14th, with a reception following; and with burial at Bellwood Memorial Park, 8575 Airport Rd. Temple, TX 76502, across from Temple Airport, on Saturday, December 15th, at 2:00 PM.

He was born on December 11, 1943 in Bryan College Station, Texas, to Allan and Audine Brandes. He attended schools in Temple, and was on the baseball team thru High School, where he earned All-District Honors in his senior season. He loved baseball, and, especially, the Houston Astros.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Axe Brandes; his son, Michael Wayne Brandes, of Austin; his granddaughter, Channing Brandes Giroux, her husband, Mike, and her twin daughters, Devenney and Delaney, of Temple, Texas; his brother and wife Michael L. Brandes and Delores, of Temple Texas; and, his sister Jen Sue Bartek, of Las Vegas, NV, wife of the late David Bartek, formerly of Belton, Texas. Also surviving are nieces and nephews of both Allan and Melissa.

Allan was predeceased by his parents, Allan Pershing Brandes, Sr., and Audine Belford Brandes; and, his first wife, Ruth Parker Brandes, the mother of Michael Wayne Brandes.

Allan and his brother were given the opportunity by their father to decide whether or not they would go to college. Immediately, Allan said, "not me," launching him into his always desired profession ofthe construction industry. How successful he was! Paul Jupin, masonry contractor was his first opportunity. After Jupin, he joined Warrior Constructors of Houston, helping build the Pennzoil Place building in Houston, and the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio in 1968.

Allan then moved to Austin in 1977, to start a new job for Warrior Constructors as the field superintendent, building the new Performing Arts Center at UT. This job took a couple of years to complete. Not long afterwards, on July 3, 1977, Allan met Melissa at the Pier on Lake Austin. He had a brand new Sea Ray ski boat. Allan and Melissa loved the lakes, boat riding, skiing and spent many, many hours, years, on the lakes. First it was Lake Austin. Then they enjoyed Lake Travis. They've been owners of several different types of boats. When Allan passed away, he still had his favorite boat ever which is "Lady Blue". Lastly, his and Melissa's favorite"puppies" were, and still are, Sophie and Astro (Astro is Michael W. 's dog, but he came to the office every day, so Allan couldn't help but feel like he was his dog too).

Allan continued working for Warrior for a few more years, working on jobs out of town, until he got tired of traveling. Then Allan became Vice President of Field Operations with Tribble and Stephens of Austin and Houston, Texas. Then things changed around 1985. Things got really bad for many people, including Allan and Melissa.

Allan founded Brandes Brothers Constructors in November 1985. He was a general contractor specializing in commercial new construction and renovation projects in Austin and surrounding area. He completed projects with Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Westlake ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Del Valle ISD, TXDOT, Department of Public Safety, General Services Commission, Texas Department of Health and Human Services, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Primarily Primates.

Along with being a general constructor, Allan assisted in the development of the Primadome in 1991. The Primadome was later re-designed, giving the Orangutans extra height at the Center for Great Apes in Florida. The Primadome has enriched the lives of Chimpanzees and Orangutans at many sanctuaries, zoos and research facilities around the United States, including: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Bastrop; Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio; New Iberia Research Center, New Iberia, LA; Alamogordo Primate Facility, Holloman Air Force Base, NM; Center for Great Apes,Wauchula, FL; Primarily Primates, San Antonio; Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, MO; Panewa Rainforest Zoo, Hilo, Hawaii; Lionshare Farms in New Haven, Connecticut and the most recent Primadome was sold to Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Although Allan was fond of chimps, he was very generous with his donations to save animals of all kind.

Most importantly, if he were here today, Allan would want all to know that he was "saved" at Skyview Baptist Church in Austin, Texas at a Blackwood Brothers Concert, attended by Allan and Melissa, and his brother and his wife, in the mid-eighties. He would say that there is one most important decision in life and that is to accept Christ as your savior, and that there is nothing more important.

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  • Although Allan was fond of chimps, he was very generous with his donations to save animals of all kind.

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411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
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