BRATTON, William Edward (88), of Monarch Beach, California, passed away on January 6, 2008. Bill was born on October 25, 1919, in Dallas, Texas, to William and Edna Bratton. Bill graduated from Glendale High School and Glendale Junior College. He received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1940, and went on to attend Harvard School of Business. Bill served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then pursued a 40 year career as an executive in the electronics and computer fields. Bill purchased the historic Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas in 1959. He continued to develop and manage it for the next 40 years. Bill married Betty Thume on May 30, 1942. Bill is survived by Betty, his beloved wife, and his three daughters: Dale Schumacher, Janet Gravette, and Donna Bratton-Kearns. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at the Church of the Angels in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 12, followed by interment at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Jan. 12, 2008.