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Elmer Emmett Brazington, 82

| November 16, 2010 12:12 PM

Elmer Emmett Brazington passed away on Nov. 12, 2010, in Coeur d'Alene. He was the youngest of four children born to St. Clair and Geneva (Meddock) Brazington on Dec. 15, 1927, in Spokane, Wash.

Elmer and Betty Anne Wilhelm were married in July 1947 in Coeur d'Alene. They raised three children, Curtis (deceased), Joan Baxendale of Lincoln, Neb., and Carol Faia of Sonora, Calif. They purchased a small home in Spokane and Elmer built two additional bedrooms and a large living room onto the house. He did all of the carpenter work himself.

For many years, he worked as a foreman at the Kaiser Aluminum plant in Spokane. In 1962, he moved his family to Mountain View, Calif., where he was employed with the Pacific Press Publishing Association until he retired.

Throughout his life, two of his greatest loves were the out-of-doors and music. In his younger years, he played the guitar, fiddle and sang in a country western band with his brother Ira, a cousin and uncle. While living in California, many weekends and vacations were spent camping, water skiing and para-sailing with family and friends. He purchased a boat hull, and using his self-taught mechanical and carpentry skills, completed the finishing work and installing the jet engine. He was really proud of that boat and how fast it could go!

Elmer married Susan McAuliffe on June 3, 1991, and they made their home in Post Falls. They enjoyed many walks in the beautiful countryside as well as berry picking. Jeffy, Elmer's beloved dog, was always by his side on these excursions. Elmer enjoyed being a member of the SDA Church in Coeur d'Alene where he and Susan attended.

During his later years, Elmer was separated by long distances from most of his family. But he took great pride and interest in the lives of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, calling his daughters often to check in on everyone! He will be missed!

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; his first wife, Betty and his son.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please visit Elmer's memorial and sign her online guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.

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