Mike and Patricia Bravo
Mike and Patricia Bravo
Husband and Wife
“Together, we have passed through life’s journey.”
Mike Bravo, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2017 and a short time later Patricia (Pat) Bravo, 85, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Mike was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to parents Domitilo and Juana Bravo. He later moved to Los Angeles, California with his family. Pat was born to parents John and Nellie Ponder in Los Angeles, California.
Mike and Pat were married 67 years, together they had four children—Steve, Rick, Lori, and Jaime. In 1965 they moved to Boise, Idaho. In 1968 they returned to Los Angeles, California. After their children completed school, each one returned to Idaho and once Mike and Pat retired, they, too, returned to Idaho for the remainder of their lives. Mike and Pat had a passion for the outdoors and a love for animals. The move to Idaho provided all the children an opportunity to appreciate the great outdoors through numerous family experiences of hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and scenic drives; their children developed strong ideals of stewardship and respect for the outdoors. Included as part of their family were numerous animals—dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, and a donkey. All were considered as pets regardless of their species. Many birds and ducks found the Bravo residence as a sanctuary, receiving food and a safe haven, as well as care provided for those that were sick and injured.
Mike’s careers included the profession of a lineman for Idaho Power and the Department of Water and Power of Los Angles, and an owner/operator of Chevron and Texaco stations in California and Idaho. Pat was a long-time devoted employee of Deluxe Check Printers in Chattsworth, California. Mike was compassionate about helping those in need and standing up for “the little guy.” He was dedicated to helping members of the community and served as an advocate for many people utilizing his professional knowledge and experience regarding property rights and road right-of-ways. Pat was compassionate about supporting Mike in all of his endeavors. Pat had an interest in aviation and achieved her goal of becoming a pilot. Together, they flew to various locations, most often from California to Idaho to visit their children and grandchildren. Both were strong advocates of public education. Schools in the Treasure Valley and Gem County benefited from their very generous donations. As a result of the many life attributes of Mike and Pat, the Bravo children learned to face challenges, work hard, and be ready to help others.
Mike and Pat are survived by their children Steve Bravo, Rick Bravo (Marsha), Lori Kennedy, and Jaime Bravo (Lisa), a sister Aurora Mooney, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and their beloved dog, Levi.
A private family interment service will be held at a later date at the Idaho State Veterans’ Cemetery, Boise, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.