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Self, Brandon Alexander

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May 15, 1999 - November 13, 2017

Self, Brandon Alexander

Brandon Alexander Self, 18, of Carrollton, Texas, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, due to chronic respiratory issues.

Brandon was born on May 15, 1999 in Dallas, Texas, to Divina and Durke Self. Brandon was very premature, but overcame many health obstacles to become a sweet, funny, inquisitive and even chubby toddler. As a child, Brandon was fascinated by robots, Transformers, and video games like Twisted Metal and MarioKart. As he got older, his passions included Dr. Who and encyclopedic knowledge of the Star Wars universe. Brandon had a passion for music and was obsessed with bands like Gorillaz, The Prodigy, Prince, Queen, and The Beatles. He spent hours creating his own special mixes of his favorite artists. Brandon also loved creating his own animations and drawings, often featuring characters from Big Hero 6 or Gorillaz.

Brandon was a 2017 graduate of R.L. Turner High School. At R.L. Turner, Brandon was a friend to all. He was an enthusiastic and beloved Lion Keeper, who helped pump up the crowd at football games and pep rallies with his crazy, but seriously impressive dance moves. He was a proud member of METSA (Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science Academy). Brandon was excelling in his first year at Brookhaven College, and was honored with multiple college scholarships. His goal was a degree in 3D Graphic Design in Animation, drawing on his passion for graphics and animation.

Brandon was a life-long member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch, and taught Religious Education to Pre-K children. He volunteered many of his Saturdays with MetroCrest Services and Christ 4 Kids Sack Summer Hunger, where he assembled and delivered meals to children in need. Brandon also volunteered and worked a summer at Christ 4 Kids Preschool at Christ United Methodist Church, Farmers Branch. Brandon donated toys, movies, and medical supplies to the Special Education program classes at R.L. Turner High.

Brandon is survived by his parents, Divina and Durke Self of Carrollton, Texas; grandparents Irene and Roberto Prado of Joshua, Texas, and Sylvia and Harry Young of Arlington, Texas; siblings Julian, Bella, and Lauren Self of Carrollton; aunt Rachel Baker; and uncles Robert Prado, Marcos Prado, and Darrell Self. Preceded in death by grandfather Ed Self, and uncle Michael Storms.

A visitation and viewing will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, with a rosary at 4:00 pm, on Sunday, November 19, in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas 75234.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, November 20, at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Interment will be at 3:30 at Hilltop Memorial Park, 1810 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

A memorial donation fund has been set up at, Brandon Self Funeral Fund.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

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Edna mahmood

February 26, 2018 10:32PM

Love to Durke and davina, also, to sylvie and family, we love and miss you all, I did not see Brandon that often, but will always be family rest in peace with angels, my mom Janice is now hugging him, lots of love to you all

Shabana Bharwani

November 27, 2017 8:10AM

Lots of prayers, love, and hugs for your family! May his soul rest in peace!

Valerie Jimmerson

November 20, 2017 9:56AM

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for peace and comfort for you all. You are such a sweet family. May the love of the Lord be a support and comfort at this time. You are all loved!

Petra & Steve Porras

November 18, 2017 8:22PM

Dear Durke and Divina:
We were so sorry to hear the news. We know how well you cared for Brandon during all his health trials and what a fine young man you raised. We know how much you love him. Know that he will live in your hearts. Please accept our deep and sincere condolences. Petra & Steve

Priscilla Mahaffey

November 18, 2017 2:37PM

Divina & Durke and family....
+Brandon never met a stranger - and his life has touched so many people - his love for the Lord, his family and friends was so strong. Our parish family will miss him but he has touched our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Tracie Holt

November 16, 2017 7:53PM

Brandon was a sweet young man that touched so many lives. I am honored to have known him. May God wrap his loving arms around your family.


November 16, 2017 11:10AM

My sweet friend Divina, my deepest condolences. Brandon was a sweet young man. Please know you and your beautiful family are loved by so many people. I know how proud you were of everything Brandon accomplished. The love for him will always be unconditional and you will always have many fun memories. The community is here for you and your family. Much love

Sarah (Moore) Butler

November 16, 2017 8:41AM

Durke and Divina, I pray that you will feel God's comfort and grace during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Silvia Watanabe

November 15, 2017 10:27PM

We had the privilege to know Brandon and his family, share school and community time. He was a joy to be around and I am thankful for the opportunity that my son and I had to share a bit of his journey.
I pray that his family find much needed solace and that his soul rejoices the presence of The Lord while he awaits for us to join him in heaven.
All my love and prayers
Silvia Watanabe

Dan Kinkade

November 15, 2017 9:58PM

Brandon was my student in 7th grade science...and one of my favorites. I will always remember his inquisitive, fearless, nature, and his bright smile, that would light up a room. I am thankful to have known him...he will be missed.

Mey-ling Cortinas

November 15, 2017 9:46PM

Sweet Brandon, You leave behind memories of your beautiful and contagious smile. I still remember the incredible happiness that you brought to your mom and dad when you came into this world. You were a little miracle and such a fighter. Know that you have left your mark in our hearts and that you are an inspiration to all of us.
Durke and Divina, Stay strong and know that you are amazing parents. God bless you and your family always. We love you.

Ann Love

November 15, 2017 8:28PM

Brandon touched the hearts of all who knew him. Prayers for Divina, Durke, Julian, Bella, & Lauren & all members of the family during this time of grieving.

Snoddy Family

November 15, 2017 7:40PM

These three things continue forever; faith, hope and Love. The greatest of these is love. We will love you forever Brandon and I know that all who love the Lord will see you again. Love to the family from us all. Tee

Alice Cain

November 15, 2017 7:04PM

Durke and Devina my heart goes out to you both.I can't imagine the pain of losing a child . I will continue to pray for you Borland your fsmily. Love you, Aunt Alice