Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel

4675 Sw Watson Avenue, Beaverton, OR


Michael Francis Braun

November 2, 1936September 15, 2019

Obituary for Michael Francis Braun

Our dad was smart, adventurous, unassuming, and inventive.

He loved exploring new places, especially outdoors. In his early years he loved camping and going to state parks. Some of his favorites were Yellowstone in California, and Banff in Canada. Our family camping trips often covered many miles in one trip.

We benefited from his many projects and inventions at home. Our house stood out in the late-seventies as the only solar powered house in the neighborhood (of course, the solar panels back then were huge and many wondered what in the heck was on the side of our house). In one of our homes, he re-wired the whole house and included an intercom system on all four floors so my mom wouldn’t have to run down the stairs if someone came to the door. (Also, so she wouldn’t have to yell across the house for one of us kids). He also built us a computer for home before the first personal computers were built.

In high school he received the chemistry award from the National Association of Mathematics. After graduating from Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering (where he was a member of Eta Kappa Nu Association, the national electrical engineering honor society), he attended grad school at UCLA while working for Hughes Aircraft Company. He then went on to do development and research for the Santa Barbara Research Center where he worked on many projects with military and space applications. He also developed equations of performance for missal guidance systems for McDonnell-Douglas Astonautics. Due to his work there he received a commendation from the United States Department of Defense. His later work was with the DuPont Company where he provided consulting, design, installation and application support for many electronics systems.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Also, visiting his brothers and sisters in Iowa. And, if golf was involved, that was even better!

He loved new technology, research and exploring the unknown. We will miss his intense curiosity and zest for knowledge.

We love you, Dad.

His wife, Barbara Braun, precedes him in death. His children Mike Braun, Ed Braun, Bill Braun and Marjie Knudsen, and his grandchildren, Christopher Braun, Allie Dusterhoff, Jenna Tabor, David Knudsen, Sannah Braun, Jake Knudsen, Joey Braun, Sophie Braun, Nico Braun, and Julia Braun, and his great-grandchildren, Mason Dusterhoff, and Jadyn Tabor survive him.

A burial service will be held at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on September 20th at 2:30 pm.


  • Graveside Service Friday, September 20, 2019

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