1951 – 2013
Russ was born in WaukeganIL to Charles L. Braxtan and Marguerite Braxtan. His father was in the Navy and they moved to San Diego when Russell was a young child. He attended Clairemont High School and later received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from SDSU. After college he was employed as a land surveyor in Western Colorado, his travels taking him all over the continental divide. Later he transitioned into sales as a frozen foods distributor for Schwan’s, specializing in Red Barron Pizza. A management promotion in 1986 brought him to Northern California, where he had another career shift, this time into sales for the medical research industry. For the past decade he has owned his own business, which sold and installed equipment to the medical research industry.
He married Mary O’Rourke (Braxtan) in 1996 and they moved to Ramona in 1999. Together they have 2 children, Carter Braxtan (15 years) and Riley Braxtan (12 years). Russ has 2 children from prior marriages, Henry (Hank) Braxtan (wife Arielle Brachfeld) from Grand Junction, CO and Courtney Braxtan from Ft. Collins, CO. Russ is also survived by his mother Marguerite Braxtan and brothers Randall and Jimmy.
Russ enjoyed the country life in Ramona, due to his love of animals. He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing baseball, football, and ice hockey through his life, and coached his sons in both soccer and baseball in Ramona for 9 years. He continued to support baseball and soccer at the travel circuit and high school levels. He was renowned for not only his knowledge, but his quick wit and sarcasm.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Sat. January 26, at Bonham Bros. and Stewart Mortuary Chapel, 321 12th St., Ramona.
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