BRAUN, Kevin Michael

Kevin was born August 10, 1957, in Beechy, Saskatchewan. He was the eldest of four children. In order for Kevin to attend the Saskatchewan School for the Deaf, his family moved to Saskatoon in 1965.

Kevin had a love for animals as a young boy, which extended to his adult life. He also had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed listening to (very loud) rock music as a teenager and then added jazz, blues, and folk music to the mix. He often had his guitar with him and although he didn’t play for others frequently, family and friends recall his playing fondly.

Kevin loved woodworking and held various positions in carpentry and cabinet making over the years. He often had a special project on the go. Kevin was also active in the Deaf community and a tireless advocate in the area of Deaf education. These passions led him to volunteer with the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf (BC) and the Saskatchewan Deaf Sports Association, and to be employed at the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (BC), and at Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

It is with heavy hearts that his family shares the news of Kevin’s passing, too soon, on February 6, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 64. He was predeceased by his mother, Elaine Taguchi; his stepmother, Glenda Braun; and his granddaughter, Tabitha Braun.

Left to cherish Kevin’s memory is his loving family; his father, Ernie Braun; his wife of 19 years, Pamela Rustoen; his children, Dana Braun (Brianne), Vanessa Hutchinson (Jaret), Jake Hutchinson, Shauna Rustoen, Peter Rustoen, and Jabez Braun; his grandchildren, Argyle Braun, and Aurelia Braun; his siblings, Ryan Braun (Audrey), Sandra Braun (Robert), and Darren Braun; his nephews, Wade Braun (Melissa), Ben Braun (Lisa-Marie), Clayton Braun, and Chad McNab; his niece Amy Braun (Ian); his step-father, Akihiro Taguchi; his first wife (and mother of Dana Braun), Karen Carruthers; and his second wife, Terry Kornutiak.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff of the University of Alberta Hospital’s Hemodialysis Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and Homecare Services, to family physician, Dr. Michael Graff, and to Serenity Funeral Service.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services or the Canadian Deaf Sports Association.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Robert Nelson

I wish I’d had the chance to know my cousin better. Circumstances got in the way, mostly logistical ones. We did share a love of loud music, working with our hands, and critters. Another good soul gone too soon.

Rest in Peace, Kevin (but enjoy the loud music)

Debby Paquin

I am so sorry to hear of Kevin ‘s passing. I worked in the office next him at SDHHS. He taught me a lot about Audism. As the mother of a deaf daughter, he was able to help me have better insight into her world. I remember him fondly.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Debby and family

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