Memorial services will be held in Danville Saturday for East Bay developer Peter Branagh and his wife Mona who were killed when the small plane they were flying crashed into a mountainside in southern Utah.
Mr. Branagh was president of Branagh Development, a well-known development firm with with extensive interests in Pleasanton's downtown and residential communities. Mrs. Branagh owned and operated Pacific Bay Interior in Danville.
Both were members of the California Bank of Commerce's founding group where Mr . Branagh was also a director.
The couple, who lived Lafayette, was traveling in a single engine Cirrus SR22 from a stop in Utah to Aspen, Colo. when the plane crashed into a mountainside north of I-70 about 27 miles southeast of Salina, Utah. Sevier County (Utah) Sheriff Nathan Curtis, who went to the site Tuesday, told the Salt Lake Tribune that based on some of the electronic devices that he found, the couple was flying at 14,000 feet before the plane plummeted down into the mountain.
Partnering with Craig Semmelmeyer, president of Main Street Property Services, Inc. in Lafayette, Peter Branagh was involved in the development of the building at Angela and Main Street in Pleasanton that is home to Tully's Coffee Shop and the more recent renovation of the 234 Main Street building, where Fleet Feet sports specialty store is located and eventually a restaurant will be added. Branagh's company also built homes in Ruby Hill.
Saturday's memorial service wil be held starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado Road in Danville.