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Jack Braby, Obituary (Elementary Principal)


This is Jack Braby letting all my friends know that my game clock ran out of time on February 6, 2022 at 12:10 pm in Huntington Beach, California. When the final buzzer went off, I was sleeping peacefully and my favorite son Mike, was by my side.

I was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa in 1933, rode a horse to school. I played football and basketball and went to Graceland College. I met the love of my life, Lois at Graceland. Lois was ejected from the game far too early in 2009 on a technicality.

I’m survived by my brother Chuck. I’m blessed to be able to tell you that all my kids are still kickin’ as well.

Vicki Beebe, my first born, blessed me with a grandson Aaron and he in turn gave me two amazing great granddaughters, Raelynn who is a musician, singer and dancer and Everleigh who is crazy-spooky smart.

My second child, Jack Jr. ended up being a girl so Jacquie Bethel blessed me with my first grandchild, Sara and my first grandson Joshua. Sara awarded me with my first great grandchild, Maya Renee (my In-n-Out buddy) and followed with two more beautiful great-granddaughters, Makenna and Karsyn. Makenna loves golf (like me) and Karsyn collects hot wheel cars (like me). Joshua gave me a great grandson Tristan and great granddaughter Adison who is also a beautiful dancer. Tristan is already taller than me and is a skate board whizz.

Mike Braby, my youngest, provided me two more fantastic grandkids, Alorn and Kyle. Alorn gave me a great grandson Konner who also likes hot wheel cars and Kyle gave me two of the cutest great granddaughters, Emma and Claire.

From that bunch, I enjoyed having even more kids. Steve, Paul and Evelyn. I got extra grandkids, Alison and Megan, Peggy, Melanie, Sheraz, Precia, David and Kaelee. I also gained extra great grands, Azlynn, Cora, Vera, Atom, Issac, Logan and Dashiell.

I’ve been blessed to call the whole brood as my family.

I have been a member of the Community of Christ my entire life. My church family has been very important in my life and I want to give a final high five to my congregation in Gardena, CA. They are my brothers and sisters.

God was good to me. I was lucky to be a son, a husband, dad, Grandpa Jack, and Poppa Jack. I was lucky enough to be “teacher” to hundreds and “coach” to a passel more. To all the kids that were in my class, or in my school when I was principal (even if I sent you to detention) or on one of my teams I coached, it was truly an honor and a pleasure to have known you all.

Please don’t send any cards. I never was a big reader and I’m not going to start now. I can’t smell flowers now so don’t send any of those either. If you want to do something nice for me, how about you send a donation to one of my favorite charities, Outreach International.


Tell ‘em Coach Braby sent ya!

May God bless you all.



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