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November 18, 1948 ~ November 12, 2022 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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On November 12, 2022, Michael James Brantley, loved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully. He was born on November 18, 1948 in Oklahoma City to Natalee and James Brantley. He was an only child. Michael married Sara, his high school sweetheart, in 1971, and they had two children. Mike attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate and medical degrees. He was an avid Sooners fan and a member of the OU marching band when he was an undergraduate. His love for music continued over the years and he remained active playing both saxophone and guitar in community and church ensembles. Mike served in the Army for over 20 years. During his time in the military he lived in multiple states. Once he transitioned to the guard in 1988 he was able to realize a lifelong dream and move to Montana where he lived for 15 years. He proudly finished his career as a radiologist at the VA Medical Center in Denver before moving to Minnesota to be closer to his granddaughters. His hobbies included skiing, hunting, fishing, and photography. He owned dogs his entire life and was especially fond of german shepherds, golden retrievers, and collies. On a cold winter's night you would likely find Mike playing pool in his basement while sipping on some whiskey and listening to records. Over the years his love for travel took him all over the U.S. and the world. He had fond memories of seeing the sites in Europe, summiting Machu Pichu, fishing in Canada, and cruising to multiple places with his favorite travel partner, Sara.
He is survived by his children Michael (Maura) and Shannon (Justin) and four grandchildren Darius, Gareth, Elisa, and Lauren. He was preceded in his death by his parents and his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Sara. A celebration of Mike's life will be held on Friday November 18, 2022 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Roseville, MN. Visitation will begin at 9:30 and the Mass will start at 10:00. The burial will take place in early December at Forest Grove Cemetery in Carthage, MS.
In honor of Mike, please consider making a donation to Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, a charity that he and his wife both strongly supported.