John Collins Bronaugh, beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, passed into eternal life on April 16, 2012 at the age of 84 from complications of Alzheimers.
Born to George and Rose Bronaugh on October 18, 1927, in Pasadena, CA, John spent his early years in San Pedro, CA and graduated from San Pedro High in 1944. He served in the navy from 1946-1948. He graduated from USC with a BS in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. John went on to work as an R & D Engineer for Conic and Cubic Corporations in San Diego, on projects patented for military defenses during the 1960-and 70's. John left the industry in 1977 and became a real estate developer. He created two corporations Melido and Melidon and spent the next 20 years following his passion.
In 1950, John married his childhood sweetheart, Miriam Cassady in San Pedro. The couple settled in Escondido, CA from 1959 -1977 where they had three wonderful children: Melinda, Lisa and Donald. The children grew up on a 5 acre ranch surrounded by animals and citrus groves. John and Miriam moved around after 1977 from Temecula, CA, to Las Vegas, NV and eventually moved to the Bellingham, Washington area in 2002.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography and listening to music. At one time he was considered pretty good at playing a jazz piano. John was very methodical and talented in anything mechanical. He enjoyed working on and rebuilding cars with his brother Don when they were younger. John loved to tease. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on family members. He was a man of high honor and integrity. What he enjoyed most was kidding around and relaxing with his family.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Miriam, his three children; Melinda, Lisa, and Donald, his brother G. Donald Bronaugh, 8 grandchildren, Collin and Lauren Webber, Hayley, Ryan, and BJ Flood; James, Dylan, and Taylor Bronaugh and several nieces, nephews, and cousins in California, Kansas, and Missouri.
John will be laid to rest at Oak Hills Memorial Park: 2640 Glenridge Road, Escondido, California
~ There is no old age. There is, as there always will be, just you. ~ Maya Angelou