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Alan Bratton
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Alan R. Bratton, 90, passed away peacefully during a brief bout with cancer on Tuesday, March 31 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. He was born Aug. 18, 1918 in Oakdale and lived in Escalon for the last 8 years.

Mr. Bratton was a very proud and talented man. He was the definition of a jack-of-all-trades, and was rarely intimidated by any obstacles thrown in his path. He was very civic minded and involved in many ways for the betterment of the community. He took life quite seriously and was usually prepared to handle the many problems we all must cope with in our journey through life. He was rarely surprised by any of these problems.

Mr. Bratton had a positive effect on the lives of many people close to him and in the community and asked for nothing in return. He earned the love, respect and appreciation from many and was a role model to his family. One of Al's greatest enjoyments was the outdoors, especially when shared by his very good friends, whether fishing, hunting or golfing.

Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Bratton of Placerville and Karen Gaines of Santa Barbara; four grandchildren, Susie Cauchi of Yuba City, Niki Reina Guerra of Davis, Kim Rowsey of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Derek Bratton of Plumas Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Pauline Bratton, and three siblings, Bonnie Marconette, Maryl Teaque and James Bratton.

Funeral services were Friday, April 3 at the Escalon United Methodist Church, with burial at Burwood Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army or Alexander Cohen Hospice House. On line registry is available at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

April 8, 2009