David P. Braunstein
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc.
1091 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
On June 14, 2021, David P. Braunstein, of Bethesda, MD, passed away suddenly at the age of 54. Beloved husband of Felicia Braunstein; devoted father of Skyler Braunstein; loving son of Helen Weinstein and the late Saul Braunstein; loving brother of Neil Braunstein and his wife Illice; cherished son-in-law of Perry Palan and the late Rubetta Palan, and brothers-in-law Stephen Palan and Michael Palan, and their wives Liz and Sara; and fun-loving uncle to Shayna, Chloe, Nina, Owen, and Olive.

David will be remembered for his adventurous spirit, always trying new foods, new restaurants, going to festivals throughout the area, as well as day trips to Rehoboth Beach with his family. He was playful and found joy in simple things that many people overlook. David was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, nephew and cousin who made his family a priority. He was a devoted and supportive husband and was so close to his daughter Skyler that he was one of her best friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, MD. David's family will be observing Shiva following the graveside service, ending at 5 pm and Friday from 4-8 pm at the residence of his brother-in-law, Stephen Palan, 6007 Anniston Road, Bethesda, MD 20817.

In lieu of memorial contributions, please hold your loved ones close, as David always viewed family as an invaluable gift. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Published by Baltimore Sun from Jun. 16 to Jun. 18, 2021.
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the residence of his brother-in-law, Stephen Palan
6007 Anniston Road,, Bethesda, MD
Graveside service
Judean Memorial Gardens
16225 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, MD
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
the residence of his brother-in-law, Stephen Palan
6007 Anniston Road, Bethesda, MD
Funeral services provided by:
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc.
Sponsored by The Baltimore Sun.
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Great guy. Kind nice - a gentle giant. I remember working on a high school Spanish assignment together when we lived on hawsbery road
Michael Salama
July 3, 2021
This was the speech I gave in David's honor:

I’ll start in the beginning, when David and I met through J-date. His profile was ideal for me- it said he’s family oriented, liked eating out and loves to laugh. The first time we spoke, he was out with his mom for dinner and the call dropped. I figured- ok, well if I don’t hear from him, I’ll just move onto the next- but later, I received an effusive email apologizing that his phone had died- the warmness and directness of his message was my first clue that this guy was unique.

We had a crazy amount in common: we both had station wagons with wood sides, grew up in a split-level house with shag rugs and patterned wallpaper. We both had epileptic dogs- his was named Snickers, ours was Taffy. We both lived in Plantation Florida (although at different times). We were both counselors at the same travelling summer camp called American Trails West (also at different times). We like hip hop music and reality TV. We spoke to our mothers at least once a day.

Fast forward to our engagement- he was so nervous on the way to the restaurant, he got into a car accident- then at dinner as he got down on one knee to propose, our parents came rushing out of the kitchen to join us for dinner- that sums him up- a great planner, super thoughtful and valued family.

J-date should be proud- We were a perfect match- I was lucky that he didn’t mind that I don’t cook- like almost not at all- but when I did, he was my biggest fan- he’d say “this is restaurant quality”- and the best part is he loves his meat well done- so even when I accidentally over-cooked it- it was perfect for him. He and I liked ordering 2 things and sharing them- which worked out great because I don’t eat that much and he’d finish everything.

We both have a goofy sense of humor and embraced being silly. He kept the newspaper clipping of when he won the Roy Rogers drawing to be the King of the Clowns – wearing a costume and getting a buggy ride in full view of his family and friends. His outgoing personality never flagged- he went from King of the Circus to the Pied Piper of our condo pool- leading a game of marco polo- “Marco”, acting as judge for the impromptu dance competition and befriending the lifeguard. If there was a mayor of our building, it would be David- saying hi to everyone, knowing what’s going on in everyone’s lives and helping our neighbors whenever needed.

David had a special relationship with Skyler- he was Skyler’s best friend and she was his- When Skyler was a baby, she was either in his arms or on his shoulders- we didn’t need a stroller! The first time I was away from Skyler for a friend’s baby shower, I called to check in on them - he had Skyler giggling for the first time ever. As she got older, they were buddies. They were always on the go: to concerts, sporting events, Capitals and Nats parades, and festivals- did you know there’s a festival almost every weekend?

My mom would always comment on how thoughtful and considerate Skyler is and I attribute that to David’s influence on her. He was the ultimate hands-on father- he coached Girls on the Run for years and then during the pandemic, David and Skyler played tennis almost daily. Not only did he teach her techniques like forehand, backhand and topspin, he gave her tips on strategy and emphasized good sportsmanship. If Skyler missed the shot for the last ball of the day, he kept hitting “last balls” to her until she won the shot, so she could end on a positive note and feel good about her performance.

David was the most gullible sales person I’d ever met- he’d try anything that claimed to be “world’s best”. He loved making deals and getting deals- for him black Friday was like a national holiday- a few times waking up in the middle of the night to get the doorbuster- even if we didn’t need it. He knew the right credit card to use for different types of purchases, so we’d get the maximum benefit – and he loved sharing those tips with others.

I will always be grateful to David for his support of my parents- When they moved into our building- on the same floor, people would ask, well, what did David say about that- and I said- I didn’t ask him- but I didn’t have to- because he always wanted to be as helpful as possible. It was his idea to get together with mu parents more often than it was mine.

David, Skyler, and I were inseparable- always together, and when we weren’t- we were facetimeing or talking on the phone. While David is no longer with us, I find comfort in thinking that he is now hanging out with his cousin Jeffry, making my mom laugh, and hugging his dad.

Felicia Braunstein
June 20, 2021
I knew David in high school in Baltimore. Although that was over 35 years ago since we graduated, I remember him a very nice, soft spoken guy. My condolences to his family. Gone too soon.
Nancy Scheer
June 19, 2021
I knew David as a loving and caring son. Whenever I called Helen (his mom) the other phone would ring and she would say, "that's David." There was always a smile in his voice and he was so devoted to his family. Rest in peace David. I send my thoughts and prayers to your family, Felicia, Skylar, Neil, Helen and the rest of the family. You left many wonderful memories for them to remember.
Sherry Blanck
June 18, 2021
We never met, but Rest In Peace my friend. Al Navidi (fellow XMPer)
Al Navidi
June 17, 2021
This news hit me hard. I only recently got to know David through our marathon training group, but he was quick to make an impression. He was a great running partner and I loved hearing about his life and family through our conversations. He was enthusiastic about his training, inquisitive about others, and often checked in during our runs to see how others were doing. My heart goes out to his family and friends. There’s a large void in the running community and we’ll deeply miss him.
June 16, 2021
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