Brett James Aura

October 12, 1961August 30, 2011

Brett James Aura was born on October 12, 1961, and passed away on August 30, 2011. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Cathy Aura; children, James "Satch" Aura, Kurt Aura, and Daphne Aura; brother, Kellen Aura; sister-in-law, Erin Aura; and many friends. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service Friday, September 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m., at Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, 2855 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, California, 530-622-3813.



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Tim Cesario

December 7, 2011

Brett was a genuinely nice guy. He was funny, smart, and great with us kids. He was quite the prankster even as an adult, and really helped us all have a good time. Most of my memories of him were from the times I was with the Aura's for Satch's birthday when we were all young kids. Those were fun times, I wish there were more of them. My deepest condolences to the Aura's and all the guys at the company. Cathy, Satch, Kurt, Daphne, keep your head up. I wish you guys the all the best for the future.

October 2, 2011

Hello to all the Aura family,
Brett was a part of my family life a long time ago - but a person too special to be forgotton.
Brett -"Teddy Bear" a cherished and loving man.
God Blessings and Peace to Brett's family ! Mary Beth (Juenger) Smiderle((

Lori Juenger Stull

September 27, 2011

Cathy, James, Kurt, Daphne, & Kellen

I am so sorry to have just recently heard of Brett's passing.

All throughout our high schoool years, Brett was my most dearest friend. As a young man, your father was extremely honest, hardworking, and had a very gentle soul. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and the biggest heart.

One of my most cherished gifts from Brett, was my first dog, a beautiful black labrador retriever named Shadow. Soon after receiving Shadow, Brett gave me another dog, a doberman named Prancer. Prancer was supposed to be a guard dog for Aura Hardwoods, but one day Aura Hardwoods was robbed, and the robbers locked Prancer in an office. Everyone soon realized that Prancer was too nice to guard anything. So Prancer became Shadow's brother. I remember that Brett had such a deep love for dogs, he had mentioned several times to me, that one day when he is older he would like to open up a dog shelter for lost dogs, so they wouldn't have to go to the pound.

Brett was a huge part of my growing up years, and I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of him. I thank him for sharing a small part of his life with me, and he truly was a blessing in my life!

James, Kurt, and Daphne - Take Care of one another especially your mother Cathy, and may you all take comfort in knowing that your father is in heaven smiling down and watching over you!

May Brett rest in beautiful peaceful sleep, and may God Bless your family always!

Lori Juenger Stull

Jill Salamanca

September 27, 2011

Dear Aura family,

My deepest sympathy to you all. I'm sorry that I just recently heard of Brett's passing. Brett was such a great guy and I have many fond memories of Brett during his high school days and a bit later after high school. He was a wonderful and kind guy that you could always rely on. He was a positive person who never had a mean thing to say about anyone, he always looked for the good. He was a true friend to all.

Just a few years ago we corresponded by email and caught up with our lives, and I am so thankful I had that short communication with Brett. He was so proud of his family.

May you find comfort in each other, and God bless you. Jill Juenger Salamanca

Paul Olson

September 16, 2011

Brett Aura always has been and always will be a most cherished member of the El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Family. He was already a student at the club when I took it over in the summer of 1994. He wasn't there at the time because he was fishing in Minnesota; and also running in a marathon in my home town of Duluth. He came back and was one of the 1st students that I promoted to Black Belt. I was his instructor, but I think I learned more from him than he ever did from me. He loved to practice Taekwondo. His duties at Aura Hardwoods eventually kept him from actively training, but he supported our club unconditionally for over 17 years. There are literally hundreds of students over the years who passed their tests by breaking boards supplied by Aura Hardwoods. If I lived 5 lifetimes I could never repay his generosity. We always talked about the day when he could come back to train with us again. I hope that they have Taekwondo in Heaven. And I hope that God recognizes the Black Belt Certification he got from me so he doesn't have to start over. We mourn this loss along with the extended Aura family. His name and memory will live on at our school. He is an amazing man and friend.

Jack and Rebecca Hendricks

September 16, 2011

Tears are shed because he is gone, and there are so many smiles because he lived. We hope the smiles from the memories your family shares will help to wash away some of the hurt from your loss.

Mark Bair

September 16, 2011

Tomorrow the sun will rise, Just as it has for eons,Just as it has today.The world will awake to another day,and people will stumble into their busy lives as if nothing happened.How could they know this is not just another day. For you, this has been the day you thought could never come.It is the day that doesn't seem real,But it is all too real.It is the most painful thing you can ever imagine.The loss of Brett. Your world, as normal as it seemed a few weeks ago is gone,Gone forever. it has been replaced with sorrow,anger,doubt, and an empty feeling that you cant seem to fill.In the void are phone calls you never thought you would have to make,and decisions you never thought you would have to decide. Friends and family want to help, but they cant fix what needs fixing, they cant heal what is hurting.No one can make this right,not this.You feel like your life will never be right again. All you want is for the world to stop turning, for time to stop.just for a few days,just for a few hours, just until you can wrap your head around this.But you can't, you can never understand this. Why? Why now, Why him.Why so young? There are only questions,no answers. People say as time passes,the sorrow will slowly go away, and it will, to a certain point.That deep immediate sorrow will diminish over time, only to be replaced with a longing for what could have been,what might have been.A life that touches yours at such a base level,at such a elemental level, will stay with you forever.This will be the day that you measure every other day against. Every joy,and there will be joy again will be measured against this terrible low.Forgive the sun for rising today, it does not understand,Forgive the world for going about its day,the world does not know about your loss.Forgive friends and family for not knowing what to say,or what to do to help you.
It may not seem like it right now,but you will get through this, even when all you want to do is cry,So go ahead,we will be crying right along with you.

David and Charlotte Kelly

September 15, 2011

Our prayers for comfort and healing go out to the Aura family. The loss of a loved one is hard to take but one so young is even harder. Take comfort in knowing he does not suffer from anything and he is with the rest of the family smiling down on you. Feel the comfort of his love he shared with each and everyone of you. Brett left his mark in this world and in many hearts so even though he leaves his body behind, his spirit and love will live on forever. Remember all the good times you shared with Brett, know that you can still share things with him for his spirit still lives and he is with you always even if you don't see him.

Susan Cave

September 15, 2011

Hello Cathy, Satch, Kurt, Daphne & Aunt Daphne & all Brett’s Family, I loved hearing about Brett and all of you (as you came along) from Cathy & the Allhisers & Poppy Hiscock. I knew that Brett was fun loving, liked to be silly & goof around and act like a big kid with your family and that he was also serious & hard working, determined & loved being on vacation in Minnesota & the outdoors and hunting and most of all loved all of you guys & your family very much. I always thought what a cool dad Brett must be and what a cool family you must be & what a wonderful influence Brett & Cathy & Aunt Daphne & all the family had on you all. I always wanted to meet Brett - but the closest I got was a few moments on the phone, but I felt like I knew him – from the nice things I heard about him – starting from when Cathy & Brett first met – I remember the lovely story. :o) I am so glad Brett was in the family & I am sure that he & you all knew how much you are loved from here in Newfoundland. God Bless everyone & carry on your beautiful family traditions – I know you’ll feel your dad with you – when you pick out a pumpkin, at Christmas, on vacation, in school, when you’re home and always. God Bless. LOVE YOU BRETT, LOVE YOU ALL ALLWAYS. Susan

Daphne & Art King

September 15, 2011

Dear Cathy and family; We were all deeply saddened to hear of Brett's passing. We understand he was struggling oh so very long with his illness, the extent to which only you yourselves would ever know. And Daphne has written such a touching tribute to her father. Once I read it, I felt as if I had known Brett well, without having had the pleasure of even meeting him. He must have been a remarkable man indeed. And despite all his challenges, it sounds like he made every day count, that he lived life to the fullest. Remembering that, and the happy memories you have shared, will bring you comfort. Treasure every moment you had together... and embrace each other with his love.
Cousin Daphne, Aunt Peggy and the Cave family xo