David J. Braun 1957-2022


David Joseph Braun, loving husband, father and brother, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep May 28, 2022.  Dave was an avid athlete, outdoorsman, telemark skier, environmental engineer, colleague, and friend. His steady approach to life, commitment to family, appreciation for the earth and environment, along with his dry wit and fun stories endeared him to family and friends alike.

In his long career, Dave worked for Stone & Webster, Harding Lawson Associates, APECS, TetraTek, CH2MHill and Tri-State. His work was varied and included water treatment, environmental remediation, power generation and transmission. His work took him all over the world, including 14 months in Iraq and Kuwait during the war, and most recently in Craig and Nucla, CO.

Dave loved the outdoors and enjoyed tele skiing at Winter Park/Mary Jane, backcountry hut trips, golfing, hiking, biking and hunting.  Dave successfully summited all of Colorado’s 14ers and Argentina’s Aconcagua, as well as numerous 13ers and technical rock climbs.

Devoted to home and family, Dave spent much of his time devising and carrying out various home improvement projects and futzing in the yard. In addition to being the strong, dependable center of his own family, Dave maintained close, loving relationships with his siblings and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda Rhea, niece Mary Leah Braun, and brother Thomas Braun. He is survived by his wife, Joan McLean Braun, his son Greg, daughter Lindsay (Jack Friesen), grandson Cole Friesen, and siblings Larry (Margie), Bob (Madeleine), Patty (Chris Schneck) and John (Stephanie) as well as his nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life service on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 2 pm at the Sunrise Amphitheater in Boulder.  In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to The Evans Scholar Foundation, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, or The Nature Conservancy.

2 thoughts on “David Braun”

  1. Dear Joan, Greg and Lindsay, please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of your husband and dad. Dave was an exemplary human being, who truly cared for others, his family, friends and nature. He was always pleasant, kind and considerate. His loss is difficult, but your memories will be with you always and help to heal the loss, although his memory will be with you always. Take care and know that many people loved, respected and treasured him, with sincerity and kindness, Sheryl, Rik and Jacob Jensen, formerly of Boulder, CO

  2. Dearest Joan, Lindsay and Greg—and all your beautiful family: I deeply share in your heartbreak, but also in the comfort of knowing that the many happy, loving memories you experienced with your beloved husband/dad are living gifts that will bless and sustain you always. The way I see it, you’ve all gained a mighty angel in heaven who’s as close to you as your nearest thoughts of him, as your very breath.
    With love (and rest in peace, Dave),
    Sabine xo

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