Todd Jay Brandon, 52, Humboldt passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park. Todd was born on Oct. 28, 1969, in Chanute, the son of Spencer and Janice (Fisher) Brandon.
Todd grew up in Chanute and was a star athlete, winning a state championship in wrestling and excelling at football. Following his successful high school career, Todd played football at Fort Scott Community College on a scholarship. After playing football, he attended welding school in Tulsa, Okla.
Upon graduation from welding school, Todd began working at Chanute Manufacturing as a welder/boilermaker for many years. He was regarded as being the very best welder. Following a successful career as a welder, Todd began cooking kettle corn; he would sell it on various street corners around town and even travel around to county fairs selling it. To many people that had his kettle corn, it was the absolute best.
In 2019, Todd and his lifetime partner, Jackie Borjas, opened TJ’s BBQ in Humboldt. Cooking was Todd’s passion, and if you ever had his burnt ends, you would know that he was given an absolute gift for barbecue. His restaurant was featured in Midwestern Living Magazine and the Kansas City Star. His ultimate dream was to be on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” and when you went into the restaurant it was always playing.
In his spare time, Todd loved watching “Street Outlaws” and “Diners, Drive-ins, and “Dives.” He also loved spending as much time as he could with Jackie and watching Kansas City Chiefs games with her.
Todd will always be known as someone that wanted to please people as much as he could, being a friend to anyone that he met, and always having the attitude that he had to be the best. He will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him.
Todd is survived by his lifetime partner, Jackie Borjas of Humboldt; stepchildren Linda Farrill and her husband, Virgil, of Humboldt, Amanda Bain of Humboldt and Alan Bain of Iola; stepmother, Donna Brandon of Chanute; three brothers, Tim Brandon and wife Tammie of Sand Springs, Okla., Mark Childers and his wife, Susie, of Chanute and Kim Childers and wife Kim of Louisburg; three sisters, Tammy Brandon Schillings of Tulsa, Marsha Bryon and husband Tom of Leawood and Karen Martin Stich and husband Phillip of Chanute; many cousins including Keith Brandon, Barry Brandon, and Brian Jeffers who were like brothers; many nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Carla Combes and husband Corell of Lebo and Lisa Adams and husband Jeff of Emporia; and brother-in-law Joe Borjas and wife Melissa of Mission.
Todd was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Countryside Funeral Home. Memorials have been suggested to the Chanute Wrestling Club and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home at 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.
Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.