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Lewis Ivan Bradford


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Lewis Ivan Bradford Obituary
LEWIS IVAN BRADFORD (1927-2015) Lewis "Ivan" Bradford, 88, of Irvine, CA, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife of 30 years, Cosima, and his children. Ivan was born on July 14, 1927 in Spanish Fork, UT, to Lewis Sylvester Bradford and Myrtle Braithwaite Bradford. Ivan was the oldest of seven children. He has one sister, Clara and five step brothers, Frank, Walden, Gordon, Ray and Roy. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and cherished his faith, family and friends. Growing up in Utah, he learned to love hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School. In 1945 Ivan married Elaine Stewart and they started their family. Their son Wendell was born in Payson, UT. They moved to Southern California where David was born and Gaylene followed. In Utah, Ivan developed a strong work ethic, which he carried throughout his life. He started his career in California as a diesel mechanic and worked his way to the top. In 1985 he helped launch a family business, Foothill Engineering and Dewatering with his sons and brother-in-law. Ivan was always eager to help out family and friends. He offered jobs to many and expected hard work in return. After he married Cosima in 1985, he moved to Irvine and enjoyed family life with his stepdaughter Christine. Family was always the center of his life. Ivan was a loving husband, and cherished the time he could spend with children and grandchildren. Ivan was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Stewart, his only sister Clara, his second wife, Jan Messeri and granddaughter, Rhonda Bradford. He is survived by his wife, Cosima Bradford; his children, Wendell, David, and Gaylene; stepchildren Christine, Ron and Steve; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 15, at 12:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1123 S. Lincoln Ave, Corona, CA. Additional services will be in Spanish Fork, UT at the Walker Mortuary, on Tuesday, August 18th at 12:00. Burial to follow at Benjamin Cemetery.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 13, 2015
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