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Bryan Reed Bracken


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Bryan Reed Bracken Obituary
Bryan Reed Bracken
Oct. 3, 1956-Aug.10, 2014
Resident of San Ramon
Bryan Reed Bracken, age 57, entered into rest on August 10, 2014 surrounded by his wife and sons.
Born in Kansas City, Bryan and his family moved to San Marino, California in 1966. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Pasadena in 1975, and moved on to get his B.A. in Geology from Colorado College in 1979. It was at "CC" that Bryan fell in love with the science of geology, continuing on to earn his M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Utah. When beginning his doctorate studies, Bryan uncovered a love to surpass geology when he found Judy, and they married in September 1983.
Bryan was employed by Chevron after the completion of his schooling, starting in Hobbs, New Mexico, then Houston, and finally settling in San Ramon in 1991. His passion and enthusiasm for geology inspired countless students and fellow geologists. Known as an excellent field scientist, Bryan taught and mentored many of his colleagues, leading field schools in the beautiful wilds of Utah, New Mexico and several unique worldwide destinations. During his 27 years with Chevron, he set his sights on long-term goals and never wavered from them, culminating in his dream job in clastic stratigraphy research.
At home in San Ramon, Judy and Bryan teamed up to raise three wonderful sons. Bryan was involved in almost everything they did, from school activities to sports to scouting. A natural teacher, he introduced his sons to his love of nature and the mountains. He had a rare talent for growing the biggest tomato plants in San Ramon! Bryan was happiest when surrounded by his family, whether it was hiking in the mountains or at home watching a movie.
As an Eagle Scout himself, Bryan served as a leader of his sons' scout troop for several years and enjoyed adventurous outings in the mountains and oceans. He continued mentoring young men as they worked up to their Eagle Scout rank even after his sons were no longer in the troop. Bryan lived his scout values daily and was an excellent example to his sons and countless other young men.
After Bryan was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, he continued to work and enjoy a full life until about six months ago. He endured several years of various treatments, never complained, and remained positive and upbeat throughout those years, serving as a model of strength and resilience to all of us.
Bryan is survived by his wife Judy of 31 years, sons Cameron, 28, Ryland, 25, Stewart, 23, mother Janice Bracken, five nieces and seven nephews. He outlived his father Dan Bracken (1919-1971), his sister Frances Gay Kohen (1958-2005) and his brother Dan (1955-2012).
Bryan will be missed by all who crossed his path, especially by his wife and three sons. Join us in a Celebration of Bryan's amazing life on Sunday, August 17 at 1 PM at the San Ramon Community Center Fountain Room.
We want to thank the UCSF Cancer Center, Cancer Support Community and Hope Hospice for assisting us with Bryan's illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Utah, College of Earth Sciences, Department of Geology (Attn.: Leslie Bigler, 115 S. 1466 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0102), or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (prostatecancerfoundation.org)

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 13, 2014
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