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Mitchell Brasington

Mitchell R. "Mitch" Brasington

Sunday, September 22nd, 1946 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Mitchell Ray Brasington 9/22/1946 - 5/22/2020
Life can read like a book and my father’s life certainly played out in two definitive
chapters.
Mitch was born into a small, working class family in rural South Carolina where a
legendary drive and work ethic took baby steps at the age of 9 working on a milk truck.
The first of his family to attend and graduate college, he launched a 25-year career in
the textile industry that spanned from sales to eventual entrepreneurship and helped
shape some of the more notable fashion trends of the late 80’s. I can recall him saying
about his competitors, “They may be smarter, but no one will work harder”, which was
often exemplified by 20-hour work days and sleeping in the office at the factory for
weeks at a time.
This work life was balanced by an equally important family life with his wife and two
children. Times were different in the 70’s and 80’s. Men were expected to focus on their
career and this often demanded him to travel. My father was what you might call a
“tough dad”, and he drove us to be the best we could at everything we took on. It was
very typical for him to be on the road all week, fly home for my football game Friday,
meet a client for 18 holes on Saturday, host a church BBQ Saturday night, then teach
the adult class at church on Sunday. There were very few idle moments. This first
chapter of life came to an abrupt end when he became a widower at the age of 42 at
the hands of a drunk driver.
Within a few years the business was sold off, the kids went off to college and he met
Peggy and moved to Colorado. They did not leave each other’s side for 28 years and
this chapter is where I think he found peace and a new perspective. Suddenly I found
myself meeting strangers telling me how kind and how much they loved my father.
Don’t get me wrong, I always knew people that admired him as I grew up, but now I
met people everywhere that really loved him. They loved roping with him (did I mention
he became a cowboy in this chapter?), they loved playing golf with him, they loved
visiting with him on the ranch or attending church with him.
This chapter was physically taxing though as he contracted Parkinson’s in his early
50’s which would eventually be the cause of his death at the age of 73. Peggy took on
the role of care giver with a commitment I frankly could not comprehend and he was
happy. He loved the Lord, he loved his family and he loved his friends. If you met my
father, I know you remember him, and he probably is putting a smile on your face right
now. I am smiling now thinking of his restored, heavenly body entering the gates of
Heaven where he is hearing those words I long to hear…”Well done, good and faithful
servant”. His ultimate legacy of faith is carried on in his wife, children and 6
grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service on Thursday, May 28th in Fullerton, Ca. at Loma Vista
Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please take your family to In-N-Out if you are on the
west coast and have a double-double animal style in his name. He would prefer that!
Mitch is survived by his wife Peggy, son Chad and his wife Stacia Brasington and their
3 children Kylan, Colby and Tenley and daughter Courtney and her husband Thom
Lyon and their 3 children Connor, Corban and Cooper.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 28th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, May 28th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Murrieta Valley Funeral Home
    Address
    24651 Washington Ave
    MURRIETA, CA 92562
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  • Interment

    Location
    Loma Vista Memorial Park
    Address
    701 E. Bastanchury Road
    FULLERTON, CA 92835
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    Notes
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Richard and Dianne Stovall

Posted at 11:31pm
Wish we could have been there in California but since we couldn’t we got together as a family to pay tribute to our dear friend Mitch. We celebrated with a dessert that Mitch so enjoyed, Lemon Meringue Pie, and reminisced about the many happy times we had with you both. He will be truly missed but what a joy to know he is in the presence of the Lord. The special bond that you and Mitch shared was always so obvious. The two of you always brightened our day whenever we were together. Love you lots Peggy.
Dianne and Richard

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