Donald Oliver Bruneau died March 9, 2002 after a short battle with a rare brain disease, CJD.
He was born June 24, 1934, in Milwaukee to Pierre Edmond and Violet Mae Bruneau.
Donald lived in Wisconsin with his family for the first few years of his life, until they moved to Greenwood, North Park and Seattle in 1940, Silverdale, West Allis, Wis., and in 1946 to Redmond, where his parents established the Skyline Poultry Ranch. Donald worked with his family on the egg farm throughout his youth. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland in 1952. In 1955 he married his sweetheart, Joyce Rasmussen. He learned the craft of upholstery as a boy from his grandparents and began work in that business in 1955. Donald was on active duty in the Navy 1958-60 on the USS Burton Island, an icebreaker assigned to the Pacific.
After military service, Don returned to the upholstery industry, where he worked until retiring in July 1999. His work is in many of the finest homes in the Seattle area. He was a great craftsman and a top upholsterer.
Other than family, Don’s greatest enjoyment came from fishing. He planned family trips near oceans, lakes, rives or streams. One of his favorite experiences was working on a commercial fishing vessel with his son Jon in Alaska. He was a member of The Fishing’ Club of Whidbey Island and enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow fishermen on South Whidbey.
Donald loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. During summer months he spent endless hours at sporting events with his children. He was an avid baseball fan and participated in Little League with his sons as coach and as president of the Little League organization in Redmond.
In 1978 Donald was baptized and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been an active member since. Donald loved his church, family, fishing and friends. He loved life and and found much pleasure and joy in each day.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves his wife, Joyce; three children, Jon Andre Bruneau of Rockford and his wife, Francesca, and their daughters, Alaska Jean and Cheyanna Joy Bruneau; Janice Renee Williams of Twin Falls, Idaho, and her husband, Aaron, and their five children, Tearsa Monet, Drey Soren, Taft Paxman, Tavin Bruneau, and Tilmann Brigham Williams; son Jock Michael Bruneau of Oak Harbor; and a brother, Pierre Edmond Bruneau Jr., and his wife, Bernadine, of Bothell.
Services celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. March 16, at the LDS Church, 5425 S. Maxwelton Road, Langley. Viewing will be at noon, with interment following at Bayview Cemetery. Viewing also will be 7-8:30 p.m. March 15 at Visser Funeral Home, Langley.