The partners and staff of Dwight Darby & Company are saddened to announce the passing of John B. Brannan, 59 on July 31, 2017, following a valiant, 20-month battle with leukemia.
John was born in Jackson, MS on November 13, 1957, to Carl Dyess Brannan, M.D. and Martha “Monk” Vairin Witherspoon Brannan, the fourth of six children. The Brannan family relocated to Tampa in 1970. In 1975, John graduated from H.B. Plant High School and went on to earn a BA in Accounting from Furman University in 1979.
John joined Dwight Darby in 1979 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1980. He spent his entire professional career at Dwight Darby, serving clients with his wisdom, business acumen, calm demeanor, kindness, and wit. John became a shareholder in 1990 and served as the firm’s Quality Control, Administrative and Audit Partner through the years and served as managing partner beginning January 2014.
During his 38 years with the firm John held various positions and worked in a variety of industries. Some of the industries John specialized in during his career included real estate development, construction, equipment manufacturing, steel erection and fabrication, law firms, financial institutions, and employee benefit plans. John also had extensive experience in tax planning, business valuation, litigation support, budgeting and cash flow projections, as well as tax compliance involving corporations, not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, trusts, estates, and individuals. John had always enjoyed interacting with clients and being able to assist them in obtaining their goals and objectives.
John was an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He enjoyed many years of service with the FICPA Peer Review Program. He served as a Committee Chair and was awarded Outstanding Committee Chair in 2003-2004. He was also a member of BKR International Accounting Group, a member of the Economic Club of Tampa (formerly The Exchange Club), which he also served as Executive Committee member and President.
John was passionate about serving the Tampa community and cherished his membership with Hyde Park Presbyterian Church where he served in numerous roles to include Sunday school teacher and leader to children for 35 years. John also served as a board member for the Hillsborough Education Foundation for over 20 years, and founding board member of Suncoast Shared Living. John also loved many sports serving as baseball coach to his sons at Tampa Bay Little League, and rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, his true love was tennis and was an active participant with the Harbour Island Men’s Tennis League and Monday Night Tennis Group.
John is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kimberly Harvey Brannan; sons, John Barkley Brannan Jr. and Mark Harvey Brannan; and daughter Laura Elsie Brannan, all of Tampa. He is also survived by his parents, Carl Dyess Brannan, M.D. and Martha Vairin Witherspoon Brannan; his brothers and sisters, Tony Brannan, M.D. and his wife, Jane, Becky Hatcher and her husband, Steve, Carl Brannan Jr. and his wife, Beth, Vairin Tolley and her husband, Rob, and Bill Brannan and his wife, Kathryn. On the Harvey side, John is survived by his brothers-in-law, Chuck Harvey and his wife, Wendy, and Rick Harvey and his wife, Janet. He also had numerous nieces and nephews.