Bradley James Aker

March 21, 1951June 27, 2012

Bradley James Aker, 61, passed away on June 27th 2012 peacefully in the presence of his family. Brad was born March 21st, 1951 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He was a member of the Community Church of Joy and had a long career as an insurance adjuster for both State Farm and Farmers Insurance. Brad was a graduate of Maryvale High School (Class of 1969) and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University. Brad married his high school sweetheart Clara (Engstrom) on May 7th, 1971 and recently celebrated 41 year wonderful years together. Brad and Clara have three incredible and outgoing children, in which Brad spent every moment of his life ensuring their happiness, well-being, and success. His life was active and full of coaching his kids softball and soccer teams, building their high school floats, and lots of family vacation trips. There was absolutely nothing more in life that Brad enjoyed than spending time with his five grandchildren; Owen (5), Serenity (4), Kaylee (4), Ashley (2), and Bryan (10 months). As the true apples of his eye, he enjoyed teaching them how to swim and play soccer, taking them on quad rides through the mud, and showing them that being a kid should be nothing but laughter and fun. As an avid bow hunter, you could always find Brad in northern Arizona Unit 5A every camping and hunting season. He was anxiously looking forward to chasing those crafty and elusive elk this fall off the bull tag he finally drew this year. Two of his favorite annual trips included houseboating on Lake Powell and laying on a beach somewhere in Mexico. Brad was a huge fan of Arizona State Football (especially when they beat UofA… Go Devils!) and he was a master at throwing darts and horseshoes. He was the best story-teller ever and the jokes he shared were never-ending. He loved his dog of 12 years, Sadat, and took pride in telling everyone that his dog had a 12-word vocabulary in 3 different languages. Brad enjoyed music and you could almost always catch him singing his favorite songs by Bob Dylan, The Traveling Wilburys, Marty Robbins, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Everyone who knew Brad automatically had a friend for life. He loved and valued every single one of his friends and they will each hold a special place in his heart. Brad had an incredible passion for life and took full advantage of every minute. We will miss his smile and his company, but take comfort in knowing he will continue to be with us in spirit and memories. If life is one big party and everyone has to bring something, well then Brad sure brought a lot. He was preceded in death by his father James, mother Henrietta, and brother Sheridan. Brad’s spirit and memories will continue to live on through his wife Clara, daughters Alison (Kevin) and Rebecca (Jason), son David, brother and best friend Thomas (Patty), his five grandchildren, and his dogs Sadat and Rex. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be privately held by the family. Condolences and memories may be offered to the family at . As Brad was a big supporter of Hospice of the Valley (, the family requests donations to be sent there in honor of his memory.


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July 24, 2012

The celebration of life for Brad was wonderful. We continue keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Connie

Stephanie Charvat

July 18, 2012

Clara, I am so sorry to hear about Brad. I will never forget working with him in Colorada, my first "storm"! He taught me so much, photos of that adventure still sit on my desk. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Chuck Milo

July 14, 2012


My sincerest condolences. Though I didn't see you guys much at all after high school, except for our fabulous townhouses over by McDowell, Brad was a good football buddy and he and I shared many a late night at Sandy's together. Sometimes, our "good buddies" from Alhambra would come by and you know what that meant. He was always one of my mom's favorite students, too. I know he will be missed.

Faye (Patrenos) and Mark Stancill

July 13, 2012

Dear Clara and family, I was so sorry to hear about Brad. He was so much fun in high school. I hadn't seen him in over 20 years when we ran into each other at Fry's and discovered we are practically neighbors. It was fun seeing him often at Fry's and hearing all about your wonderful kids and grandkids. He was always so friendly and happy to run into me and chat. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chuck & Mouse Brewer

July 13, 2012

To Clara and the entire Family, God does not make mistakes. God needed Brad!
Our Love and Prayers.

Jim, Stephanie Gallardo

July 12, 2012

Clara, Tom and family, I'm so sorry for your lost. Our thougths and prayers are with all of you. Brad will live on through all of you.

Jim ,Stephanie Gallardo

Mary Ballard

July 11, 2012

Clara and family:
My sincerest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Bill Hughes

July 11, 2012

Clara, I just received the sad news. Brad was a great person. I always enjoyed his company, though it was not often enough. I remember how he loved to coach youth soccer. In fact, the last time I saw him was at a Lake Havasu tournament when his team beat my son's team for the championship. My thoughts are with you at this time.

Jan Johnson

July 9, 2012

So sorry to read about your loss. Tom used to tell me stories about your family (mainly the girls as they were growing up) and how much he enjoyed the interaction with each member. You're in my (our) thoughts.
Jan (and Tom) Johnson --- Walgreens and Mobil at 43rd & Cactus

Steve Mudd

July 9, 2012

Its been years since I last saw Brad but still have fond memories of working with him, playing golf together, and visiting with he and Clara on their back patio. My thoughts and prayers are with Clara, her children and grandchildren.