Russ, 61, passed away January 21, 2013. He was born April 19, 1951, in Waukegan, IL, to Charles L. Braxtan and Marguerite Braxtan. His father was in the U.S. 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 two children, Carter Braxtan (15 years) and Riley Braxtan (12 years). Russ has two children from prior marriages, Henry "Hank" (Arielle Brachfeld) Braxtan of Grand Junction, CO, and Courtney Braxtan of Ft. Collins, CO. Russ is also survived by his mother, Marguerite Braxtan; and brothers, Randall and Jimmy.
Russ enjoyed living in Ramona as he loved the country wildlife in the area. He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing baseball, football and ice hockey through his life and coaching 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.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013.