John M. Branch
John M. Branch was born on January 26, 1957 in Roanoke, Virginia, but he grew up in southern California, mostly in the Lompoc area. John loved geology and mining and anything related to them. He loved to wander through old mine sites and ghost towns as well as the National Parks. After two years attending a community college in California, John enrolled in the geology program at Utah State University. John loved the state of Utah and Utah State University. While at USU, John took part in a BLM cooperative program during the summers, working as a student trainee for the district geologist. After graduation from USU in 1981 John went to work for the BLM.
John worked as a district geologist for the BLM Richfield District and for the Arizona Strip District. He was working for the Humboldt National Forest in Nevada as a Geologist when he was killed in a car accident on June 4, 1991. John was a very gentle, considerate, cordial, and polite person. He always treated everyone with respect.
This brief biography of John was drawn from a memorial written by his wife, Amy, in 1995.
The John M. Branch Memorial Scholarship
The John M. Branch Memorial Scholarship was developed to honor the memory of John Branch and assist undergraduate geology students attending Utah State University. Recipients must be a declared geoscience major with at least junior-level standing. Recipients must also be returning to USU in the following academic year, have completed at least 4 geology courses at the 3000 level, or higher, and have an outstanding academic record, as demonstrated by their overall GPA.