Johnson's Funeral Home

435 West Beauregard, San Angelo, TX


Dr. Frank John Brauer

December 10, 1920May 22, 2019

Dr. Frank John Brauer, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on May 22, 2019. He was 98 years young. Frank entered this world on December 10, 1920 to John and Rose Brauer as the second of 3 boys. He grew up in Chicago, Ill and had many, many mischievous adventures there but finally settled down enough to graduate with a DDS from Northwestern University. After crossing the stage at graduation, he was handed his draft papers. Frank spent 26 years in the Navy using his sharp intellect to further the study of prosthodontics. After retiring, he went into private practice in Wisconsin until moving to San Angelo in 1979. Frank possessed a larger than life personality. His smile, warmth and amazing stories will be missed by all who knew him. Below are just a few words to describe his life. 1. Frank was Faithful. He married Joan Nadine Cranfill on June 6, 1958 on Kodiak Island, Alaska while they were both serving in the Navy. They recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Their marriage was blessed by three daughters. Brenda Watson, Suzanne Whitworth and Holly Books all mourn their father’s passing along with his son, TJ Brauer. Frank was also blessed with 8 adoring grandchildren; Stephen, Lauren, Paul, Abby, Alison, Zoe, Emily and Adam. 2. Frank was Outgoing. He truly never met a stranger....he was the kind of guy who talked to you in the elevator. He loved people and no one could tell a story quite like Frank! He enjoyed countless friendships throughout the years, most recently he could be found at McDonalds in San Angelo enjoying coffee and lively conversation at the crack of dawn with his buddies, including Jon Peterson and others. 3. Frank was Active. Many of his stories recounted wild adventures and he lived an incredibly full life. He has climbed mountains, camped solo in remote locations, and traveled the globe. He embodied an inquisitive spirit and was a life long learner. Frank also enjoyed taking classes both at ASU as well as online to satisfy his curiosity in areas ranging from black holes to the teachings of the Apostle Paul. Billy Graham once said “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” See you later, Frank. Visitation is Monday, May 27 from 6-8pm at Johnson Funeral Home and Graveside services will be on Tuesday, May 28 at 10am at Lawnhaven.


  • John and Rose Brauer, Parents
  • Joan Nadine Cranfill, Wife
  • Brenda Watson, Daughter
  • Suzanne Whitworth, Daughter
  • Holly Books, Daughter
  • TJ ~, Son
  • Stephen ~, Grandchild
  • Lauren ~, Grandchild
  • Paul ~, Grandchild
  • Abby ~, Grandchild
  • Alison ~, Grandchild
  • Zoe ~, Grandchild
  • Emily ~, Grandchild
  • Adam ~, Grandchild


  • Visitation Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Dr. Frank John Brauer

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Brenda Watson

June 15, 2019

Carol Preite

May 28, 2019


So very sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. Having read his obituary, it is so apparent that he was a remarkable man who lived and loved life to its fullest extent. May his memory forever be a blessing to you and your family and continue to bring you joy, peace and love.

Carol Preite

Brenda Watson

May 27, 2019

Love you forever and always!!! My hero.