|Tomas Vara, Sr.
Branon Funeral Home
403 North Austin Avenue
Lamesa, TX 79331
Leslie Branon Montz was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She is a 1999 graduate of Lamesa High School. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Arts and Technoloy in Interior Design in 2004 from Texas State University-San Marcos. She worked in Dallas in the Interior Design industry for several years before attending mortuary school. She is a 2007 graduate from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where she earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. In late 2007 Leslie joined the family business as General Manager. She is married to Richard Montz. Richard and Leslie became co-owners when Mike passed away in January of 2015. Leslie has served on the Board of Directors for Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company and Parkway Advisors since 2015. She is a member of the Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Eta, an honorary funeral service fraternity, the National Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, Lamesa Rotary Club, and Lamesa Lions Club. She is a licensed insurance agent specializing in prearranged funerals. She is a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer and currently owns and operates Branon Funeral Home.
Richard Montz was born in New Iberia, Louisiana. He was raised in Erath, Louisiana and graduated from Erath High School in 1997. Richard is a veteran of the United States Air Force having served for six years. He is a 2007 graduate from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. He is married to Leslie Branon Montz. Richard and Leslie became co-owners when Mike passed away in January of 2015. Richard is a member of the Lamesa Rotary Club, the National Funeral Directors Association and Texas Funeral Directors Association. He is a manager at Branon Funeral Home and a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Linda was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas graduating from Lamesa High School in 1980. She later attended Howard College, then worked in law enforcement for 6 years before beginning her employment with Branon Funeral Home in 2004. She graduated from Amarillo College with a degree in Mortuary Science. In the past she has served on the Lamesa ISD School Board and the Lamesa Park Board. Linda enjoys serving Branon Funeral Home and the families she meets on a daily basis. She also enjoys traveling with her family and husband, Rick of 16 years. Together they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
Melissa Ortiz Ray was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She is a 1990 graduate of Lamesa High School. Melissa was in the sales industry before attending Amarillo College in 2000 -2003. She earned her Associates in Mortuary Science and Business Management. Melissa served her apprenticeship and worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Branon Funeral Home from 2004-2007. From 2007 to 2015 she was a Pre-need counselor and Insurance Agent. In January 2015, she returned as a full time licensed funeral director and embalmer. Melissa has served on Dawson Senior Citizens Board and was a mentor for Christian Woman's Job Corp. She is a licensed insurance agent specializing in prearranged funerals. Melissa enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and husband, Mark of 12 years. Together they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.