From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
JEFFRY MERRILL BRAUCHT 1944~2014 Jeffry Merrill Braucht passed into the early Santa Fe morning light Tuesday July 15th. He fought a valiant battle and his loss touches friends and family from many places and many walks of life.. he will be missed.
Jeff leaves behind his siblings and best friends Cynthia, Thomas, Patricia, and another sister Susan. Brothers and sister in-law William, Michele, and Vance. Nieces and nephews and their children, cousins, and many great friends.
He was born in Lompoc, California. Parents Rosemary and Merrill took him across the country but he ended up a child of California. He grew up in Fullerton, Ca., went to school, and then spent 4 years serving his country in the U.S Army and traveling across Europe in the process.
He came home to embark on more travel and work. Jeffry sailed. He sailed the San Francisco Bay, he sailed up and down the California Coast, he sailed across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. He loved his wooden boats.
Jeff also had a passion for music, art, food, and his friends and family. He lived and worked in Berkeley, San Francisco, L.A., Ventura, Point Hueneme, and he finally found his perfect place and more life to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He had many friends and co-workers at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. He loved horses, he rescued dogs, he rescued children.
He was crazy smart, he had wit, humor, compassion.. he embraced life. Jeff left us in the early morning and that night the skies above Santa Fe lit up. A lightning extravaganza like nothing ever witnessed. A beautiful good bye to a beautiful man.
In lieu of flowers donations could be made to Hospice Care or an Animal Rescue Center in your area. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santafenewmexican/obituary.aspx?pid=171832571#sthash.R9Nl0OZN.dpuf
August 16, 2014