Brandon Gabriel Cabrera, age 46 of Highland, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023. He is survived by his father Gabriel Cabrera; daughter Abby Evilsizor-Cabrera, siblings DeAnna (late Jorge) Alvarez and Gabriel (Courtney) Cabrera; nieces Elena and Natalia; nephews Julian, Gabriel, and Graham; Aunt Gloria Abrego, Uncle Javier Abrego; and cousins Ryan, Jayson, Johnathan, and Crystal. He was preceded in death by his loving mother Sulema (Abrego) Cabrera.
Visitation will be held at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave, in Highland, on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 2 – 4 pm, with funeral services immediately following visitation. Cremation to follow.
Brandon was born in East Chicago, Indiana and lived nearly his entire life in Highland, IN (with a stint in Indianapolis, IN in his 30s). He attended Highland High School, where he played baseball and football, and graduated in 1995. He studied for a few semesters at both IUN and Purdue Northwest, ultimately deciding to pursue work in varying capacities (from laborer to landscaper to irrigation specialist among others) up until his last and most fulfilling job serving as a do-it-all Handyman at the Lincoln Street Christian Church in Highland, IN.
Those who knew him best were the beneficiaries of his role as a fierce protector – primarily to his siblings (DeAnna and Gabriel) where he enjoyed giving menacing looks to anyone courting DeAnna and stepping in anytime someone so much as even thought to harm younger brother Gabe.
Brandon was blessed with daughter Abigail in 1994 – who today has grown into a loving and caring Social Worker/Therapist currently based in Mexico. Like so many parental relationships, theirs was complicated at times, yet his relationship with Abby was ultimately founded in love and he was so very proud of all her accomplishments.
Brandon was a parishioner at the Lincoln Street Christian Church his entire life – working to spread God’s love and offer support to those he encountered on any given Sunday. He cherished the many friendships built during those four decades and always knew that – no matter what challenges life brought – he always had the church as ‘safe place’ and his home away from home.
He was an incredibly kind person to family, friends, and strangers alike – leading with a sweet and compassionate demeanor while always working to lead with God’s grace in everything he did. He had a wonderfully gentle soul and left an indelible print on the heart of so many who knew him.
While we are so saddened by his passing, we know Brandon would wish that you “… Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free – I’m following the path God laid for me…” We are given one chance to enjoy the many things this beautiful world has to offer. Look out for one another, and always work to shepherd those in need.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Brandon’s name to the Lincoln Street Christian Church food donation program would be appreciated.
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