Brandon McAnulty was an "Air Force brat." He was born on Wiesbaden Air Force Base in West Germany in 1974 but spent much of the first 10 years of his life in Ohio. His family moved to the High Desert in 1985 and he's been here ever since.


McAnulty met his future wife, Renee, in college when she was sitting in his seat, and, like the name of the class, the rest is history. Twelve joyful years of marriage later, they have two kids: an


11-year-old daughter named Ariel and 5-year-old son, Branson.


He spent several years in the teaching profession and has worked for the Hesperia Recreation & Park District for the past three years.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: One of the best things about my job is having the opportunity to make our community a better place to live. Whether it's putting on a special event for the entire city or providing a ballet class for a little girl, seeing the smiling faces of people enjoying their community makes me proud.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: Honestly, I've already accomplished what I felt was most important: having a beautiful family.



Q: What is the source of your values?


A: The source of my values definitely comes from my parents. To put it simply, I follow the Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat


oneself.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." This comes from a man that I was fortunate enough to visit with in his own home, Dr. Seuss. I was 11 at the time. I still have the autographed book and photo from that day. It was one of those days that you never forget.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: My family, plain and simple. I enjoy showing and teaching my children new things. I think the kids love it when I get them into the car and take them away on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to somewhere new.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "Little House on the Prairie." It's a great story that, among many things, emphasizes the importance of family. One summer during a cross country road trip I took the family several hours out of the way to go see the historical site. Walking across the very ground that Laura and her family did was exhilarating; it gave me a sense of connection to a piece of American history.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Don't be in such a rush to grow up. It seems like too many of our children are trying to act, look, be older than they really are. There will be plenty of time for that later in life. Enjoy the simplicity that comes along with childhood.



Q: What is your passion?


A: Football, or rather refereeing football. I referee high school football and I truly look forward to it year round. What started out as a hobby has turned into an obsession. I'm very serious about it and when the time is right I may look into refereeing at the college level.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You're never too old to relive your youth by having one of these sandwiches for lunch every now and then, right?



Q: Tell us about a memory in your first car.


A: My sister, a friend and a 17-year-old me were stupidly trying to find a dirt road that connected old Route 66 to Interstate 15, out near Silver Lakes. My first car, a 1987 Dodge Colt, was not meant for dirt roads (imagine that). The road turned to sand, I spun the tires and we were stuck out in the middle of the desert. Luckily there was a house within walking distance. The people living inside the house were very weird (which probably explains their choice of living accommodations), but they were able to tow me free.



Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: The Cincinnati Bengals. I was living in Ohio when I got into football and the local team was the Cincinnati Bengals. At that time they were a very good team. No, really they were! Even after living in California for the past 27 years, I've stuck with them. Someday I hope to be rewarded for my loyalty, but I'm not holding my breath.



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: The Heart Foundation is close to my heart, no pun intended. My mother unexpectedly succumbed to heart disease two years ago at the young age of 56. It was both a gut punch and an eye-opener. I'm also active in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: Philly Steak & Subs. The staff there is always happy to see you and the food is great. I hope they give free sandwiches to people who mention them in the newspaper.



Q: What new businesses would you like to see come to Hesperia?


A: Chick-fil-A, Trader Joe's and Cracker Barrel.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: I would like to urge parents to get active in their children's schools. Help out in the classroom or volunteer at a special night, whatever just be there. Not only will the teachers appreciate the extra help, but you're showing your children the importance of school and education. You know, leading by example. And hey, you'll get to spend that much more time with your kids.


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