Brandon Michael Opaitz, 31, of Ft Worth, formerly of Lubbock passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019. He was born into a military family on May 23, 1988 at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. He spent the first four years of his life in Turkey before the family moved to Lubbock where he graduated from Coronado High School in 2006. In 2010, Brandon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was deployed on three tours in Afghanistan, his last being Enduring Freedom/Operation Inherent Resolve. After honorable discharge in 2016, Brandon married his long-time girlfriend, Kaitlyn Hilliard of Lubbock. The couple settled in Ft. Worth where he attended nursing school at TCU, recently receiving his white coat. Brandon was an avid car enthusiast. He took great pride in his BMW 335i.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kaitlyn; mother, Cindy Opaitz of San Francisco, California; father, Darrin Opaitz and wife Chantelle of Odessa and their children, Katelyn Rosson, Kaylee Franks and Braylon Opaitz; brother, Austin Opaitz and wife Kristina, and their daughter Elizabeth of Germany; grandparents, Isabel Chrisman of Redford, Michigan, Ken Chrisman and wife Marilyn of Warren, Michigan, and Frank and Mary Louise Opaitz of Green Valley, Arizona; step-grandparents, Enos and Linda Johnson of Hobbs, New Mexico; in-laws, David and Denise Hilliard of Lubbock; as well as uncles, aunts and cousins.
Brandon was preceded in death by one uncle, Johnny Chrisman.
Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 with the family receiving friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway. Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Venue on Broadway.
In lieu of flowers, the family has chosen a worthwhile organization for donations: PTSD Foundation of American, 9724 Derrington, Houston, Texas 77064, https://ptsdusa.org/one-time-donation/