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BRAINARD We regretfully announce that Marshall Deforest Brainard, a longtime resident of Nassau County, died on December 9th, 2012 from complications resulting from a fall on October 28th, 2012. Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York on August 13th, 1918, to Flora Rosenthal Brainard and Dr. Deforest John Orin Brainard, a California physician and entrepreneur who built a produce basket manufacturing facility in Callahan, Florida in 1937. The historically significant Brainard family originated with Daniel Braynard (1640-1715) of Haddam, CT. Marshall grew up the in western New York state grape region near Lake Erie where there was a significant Brainard family presence. He also spent many years of his youth in the residences of his father and grandfather Cephas at Delray Beach, Florida. Marshall graduated salutatorian from Delray Beach High School in 1935. He attended University of Florida 1936-37, and graduated from UCLA in 1939 in Business Administration. Marshall was physically and artistically gifted. He played tenor saxophone in several dance bands, and had been on the men's gymnastics team at UCLA. In 1937, Marshall first met his future wife, Dorothy Conway Brewster (1918-2012), daughter of Dr. Warren Augustus Brewster of Callahan. Dorothy was at the time an elementary school teacher in Callahan. In 1944, Marshall received his commission as a naval aviator in the PBY5, and on June 9th, 1944 married Dorothy Brewster. By November, 1945 Marshall became a civilian with the end of World War II. In 1946 Dorothy and Marshall moved from Callahan to San Jacinto, California, where Dorothy gave birth to daughter Nancy McLaughlin Brainard in 1947, and son William Brewster Brainard, in 1949. In 1952 Dorothy and Marshall returned with their young family to the southside of Jacksonville. In 1955, Marshall opened Physicians Service Bureau which by 1972 provided professional services to half the physicians in Jacksonville, the first business of its kind in northeast Florida. In 1972 Marshall became the first Executive Director of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians until his retirement in 1984. In 1978, as they approached retirement, Dorothy and Marshall returned to Nassau County to be among the first residents to live on the picturesque east bank of Lanceford Creek when a portion of the original Barnwell Plantation property was made available by Virgil Scott. All through his later life Marshall applied his talent and learning in flying, carpentry, landscaping, and music, but most of all he will be remembered for his writing of two vast and heavily researched books on the Brewster and Brainard families that spanned from colonial times to the present day with stories of the challenges and accomplishments of each generation. Marshall is preceded in his death by his loving wife, Dorothy, and his brother Elliot Lamont Brainard, and is survived by his sister Gloria Brainard Kane, daughter Nancy Brainard Barton, son William Brewster Brainard, grand-daughters Rebecca Amanda Barton, and Christina Elizabeth Tomas, grandson Bodie Barton, great grand-daughters Zo Amaya Tomas and Vitheavy Barton, and great grandsons Sovann Nou Barton, and Tai Tomas. Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration of the life of Marshall Deforest Brainard to be held at his home at Fernandina Beach, FL at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 30, 2012
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