Don Columbus Bradford, Jr

Don Columbus Bradford, Jr

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 24 Feb 2015 (aged 70)
Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 155007618 · View Source
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From The Alaska Dispatch News, 02/28/2015:

Don C. Bradford Jr., age 70, passed away on Feb. 24, 2015, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, exactly one year after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Don was born in Ft. Jackson, S.C., on Nov. 2, 1944, to Don and Beatrice Bradford.

As a teenager, while his father was stationed in Alaska, Don joined the Army. He became an instructor pilot and flew helicopters in Vietnam and with the Alaska Army National Guard. After Vietnam, he returned to Alaska with his young family, where he taught them to share his love of hunting, fishing and camping.

Working as a life insurance agent he eventually opened his own business traveling throughout the bush areas of Alaska helping educators and non-profit employees with retirement planning. Don made it a point to have and enjoy a full life.

He loved reading, golf and spending time with his grandkids, frequently taking them with him as he traveled the world over.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Bradford; his children, Don (Chip) and Leanna Bradford III, Tracy and Ray LeBlanc and Tanya and Michael (Trace) Williams; his grandchildren, Darron and Kathy, Rachel, Amber, Brianna, Nathan, Stephen, Casandra, Katherine, Sean (Mikey), Levi and Caroline; his great-grandson, Erickson; his siblings, Doss, Darlene and David and their spouses; and extended family and friends from across the United States; and Suzi.

There will be a military honor service on Monday, March 2, 2105, at 10 a.m. Those wishing to attend need to be at the Fort Richardson gate and ready by 9:45 a.m.

There will be a celebration of life at 11 a.m., at McGinley's Pub at 645 G Street, Ste 101, in Anchorage. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the ALS Association, preferably the Evergreen Chapter.


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Gravesite Details Received from janirig@yahoo.com on 07/29/2016: "At this time the location of Mr. Bradford's remains are not on Ft. Richardson."

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  • Created by: Sharon
  • Added: 14 Nov 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 155007618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Don Columbus Bradford, Jr (2 Nov 1944–24 Feb 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 155007618, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Sharon (contributor 48188616) .