Susan Victoria "Sue" Braund-Clark (1943 - 2017)

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Susan "Sue" Victoria Braund-Clark, 74, passed away unexpectedly at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage on Oct. 15, 2017. She was the eldest child of Cissie (Johansen) and Mel Braund. She was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her mother, tante, and uncle had been evacuated from Nome due to WWII. Sue met her father for the first time when she was three years old when he came home from the war. The family moved to Napa, Calif., where her mother's parents had settled during the war years, and returned to Alaska in 1948. Sue graduated from Anchorage High School in 1961 and attended Western State in Gunnison, Colo. She later attended Alaska Methodist University and the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in accounting.
Sue married James D. Clark on Jan. 21, 1966. He was an architect and ski instructor at Alyeska, and Sue was his office manager for many years. After her last child graduated from high school, Sue set off for an adventure of wildland fires in Fairbanks, Alaska. She began her 32-year career with the Division of Forestry in 1986 as a warehouse worker; moved on to fire dispatcher for fires in Alaska and the Lower 48; finishing her career as the Fire Accountant for State Forestry from 2001 to 2017.
Sue was incredibly strong and had an amazing spirit. She survived several significant accidents. In one, the automobile went over a cliff and she hit the windshield, leaving her in a month-long coma. Later, in 1974, when a motorcycle accident left her handicapped and doctors told her she'd never walk again, her response was, "You wanna bet!" Until the day she died, she was still on foot.
Sue's door was always open and she helped raise many of her children's friends. She was generous and warm-hearted, always up for an adventure, and loyal to her family and friends. Quick and sharp witted, Sue had a great sense of humor, was an avid reader, and always seemed to be on a mission to make whatever she was doing "fun." She was a great cook, specializing in her renowned Roquefort dip, which she gifted to family and friends at Christmas. She was dearly loved.
Sue is survived by her children, Dalton (Donna) Clark; and Tezlyn "Sam" Clark; her granddaughter, Victoria Rae-Yetta; her siblings, Steve (Suzanne Saxon) Braund; Greg (Diane) Braund; and Juli (Bob Allen) Braund-Allen; many beloved nieces, Missa, Tanya, Marianne, Rachel, Lindsey, Brooke, Quentin, Shelley, Cindy and Kathleen; nephews, Dylan, Erik, Matthew and Drew; her aunts, Mildred Wichman and Pat Braund; cousins, Ludwigs, Kershaws, Wichmans and Braunds; and dear friends and colleagues.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Michelle Woods; niece Johanna Braund; and grandnieces, Katrina Bryant and Ariel Algood.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Sons of Norway, 8141 Briarwood Street, in Anchorage at 4:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Light refreshments will be served.
In lieu of flowers, please donate, in her memory, to a children's .
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 26, 2017