Jay Williard Braten, 71, of Halfway, died Feb. 28, 2007, at the home of close friends, Duane and Rita Wolfersperger in Redmond with family and friends by his side.
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His memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Halfway Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. There will be a private scattering of his ashes later at one of his favorite fishing spots.
Jay was born on May 27, 1935, at Los Angeles to Hugh and Flora Selig Braten. Jay and Vadene Dakovich were married on July 1, 1962, at Compton, Calif. They have two sons, Scott and Mark.
Jay retired in 1993 after a career in truck driving. He and Vadene then returned to live in the Halfway area. He especially loved fishing, along with hunting, woodcutting, and just being outdoors. Spending time with his family and friends meant a lot to him.
His parents, Hugh and Flora Braten, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Vadene; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Stacey; son, Mark; sister, Shirley Steele; four nieces and nephews; he loved his 3-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, and was looking forward to his new grandson coming in July.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 19, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor