Dan Philip Brant

May 04, 1944 ‒ January 08, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Made up heroes wear capes; real heroes wear Kevlar. The officer that puts his life on the line with no superpower, no x-ray vision, no ability to fly, reveals far greater virtue than Superman. Dan Brant chose to serve our community as a super hero. His 31 years on the Mansfield City Police Department qualified him as a man of integrity, character and self-sacrifice.

Dan Philip Brant went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 8, 2017 in University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland. He was 72.

He was born May 4, 1944 in Defiance to parents Robert & Iola “Peggy” (Jolly) Brant. After he was graduated from High School he went on to proudly serve his country by joining the US Air Force.

A young lady named Karlina Karen King caught his eye and the pair soon married on March 15, 1970.

Dan worked on the Mansfield Police Force for many years serving as a firearms instructor, rangemaster and even on the Mansfield Pistol Team at national competitions just to name a few. While working, he obtained his associates degree in criminal justice. He worked there for over 31 years until retiring in 2000 as Captain. After retiring he served as a bailiff for Judge Robert Konstam.

Dan was a member at Community Bible Church ever since he got saved in 1988. He sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. He also enjoyed singing with the Fun Center Chordsmen.

In spare time, he took pleasure in traveling to many different places, particularly in his RV. The family’s favorite place to go was Disney World having even been there just this past year. But above all, Dan cherished any time he could get with his grandchildren; watching his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes or just having game night at home, he enjoyed every moment with them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Karen Brant of Mansfield; son Jason (Liz) Brant and their children James Robert, Gabriel Thomas, Jacob Michael and Seraphim Elizabeth all of Lexington; son Justin (Jenny) Brant and their children Addilyn Grace and Asher Gage all of Lexington; as well as a cousin Sharon Adams of California.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents.

The Brant family will receive friends Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Dan’s life will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Community Bible Church (1043 Springmill Street, Mansfield, Ohio) Rev. Dick Stedman will speak. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Contributions in Dan’s memory to Ohio C.O.P.S and Wounded Warriors Project may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dan’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was always a great encouragement to me at our family reunions and just a wonderful man. I’m so sorry for the loss but I’m thankful he had met the Lord Jesus when he did and we will meet again in heaven!

  • Please find comfort in a life fulfilled. The Lord calls us when he is ready and as a believer it is what we live for. Always know you remain in our prayers.
    Love and Hugs

  • Dan was a very wonderful person and together with Karen raised a beautiful family. It was always so much fun with them at the family reunions. I know l will never have such a great time fishing as we did when we caught the duck.

  • Had the pleasure of serving under “Capt. Dan” for many years at the Mansfield Police Department. He was always one of my favorite supervisors, always level headed and a stickler for good reports. My deepest condolences to his family. He was a very good man.

  • Rest in Peace, Dan ! We had some fun times working night watch in the 70’s and traveling all over, shooting in matches.

  • Our Prayers go out to Dan”s family for their comfort and peace in this time of their mourning. Dan is at Eternal Peace now at home with our Lord and Savior. I served proudly under Dan”s command on the Mansfield P D. I will say Dan did get long winded sometimes in our roll call sessions. (HAHA). He was quite the talker, and he had plenty of stories. Dan was a good man, Godspeed.

  • Dan was a fine man and the kind of Supervisor everyone wants to work for. It was a priveledged knowing him and working for him. Rest in Peace my uniformed brother.

  • Dan was a caring and loving individual. I am proud to call him a friend. RIP
    Prayers to your family
    Dan and Sarah Hoar

  • Wonderful man! So thankful for his life spent in Kingdom work. God bless the family with comfort and peace.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Dan, but praise the Lord, we know he is with his Savior. We have such fond memories of Dan in the choir at Community Bible, and I remember all the times he and Joe S. used to visit Heritage Christian Books while I worked there. He was a gentle, loving man who will be missed by many who are richer for having known him.

  • Went through academy with . He was a straight person and straight shooter. They come no better !7

  • Dan was our wonderful neighbor and close friend. My husband and Dan spent many hours outside trying to solve the world’s problems. He was such a good friend. Sincerely yours, Andy and Robin Dechert.

  • Had the honor of working with and for Dan for many years on the Mansfield Police Dept. Dan was well respected by his fellow officers. Remember his red marker as he reviewed are reports making sure he approved of them. Spent enjoyable time with him at shooting matches when on the pistol team. Will miss you Dan but glad to know you found Christ and are residing with him now.

  • So sorry to hear. Dan was a friend to many at Community Bible Church. My prayers to Karen, his sons Jason and Justin, their wives, and the grandchildren. He will be missed. Dan is in heaven singing bass along with Betty Welling , Marie Baker and others.

  • It was an honor to serve under Capt. Dan for a lot of years on the Mansfield Police Dept. . All ways had a lot of respect for him as a officer and a man. He introduced me to the lady I have been married to for 31 years. RIP my brother in blue. You will be missed.

  • Our prayers for the family…Dan was a true asset for God and his community…a host of believers are welcoming him home.

  • I worked with Dan for many years on the Mansfield Police Dept. He was a very
    intelligent person, and a straight shooter in more ways than one. He may be gone
    from this earth, but he certainly will not be forgotten. You are now in a better place
    Dan. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you. May God bless you and your

  • Dan was a faithful servant, a respected leader, and a man of integrity. To me, he was a true and treasured friend. I will always remember his kindness to my family and me. We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Karen and his family.

  • I worked with Dan for many years on the Mansfield Police Dept
    he was an exemplary police officer and served his community
    well and was also a good friend.
    Rest in peace Captain Brant

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He was a very special man, just the short time I have known him and your family. I know how close your family is to each other. I know how close you are to our God too. May he comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    Teresa Ingebrand
    (Drs. Heringhaus)

  • Dan was a gentle giant with warm, positive attitude toward life and everyone around him. He loved his family above everyone, but still had words of encouragement for anyone who needed them. Karen, his boys, and his grandchildren are his living legacy.