David Charles Braunlich was born on April 21, 1936 in Patterson, New Jersey to parents Louise Nutt and Frank J. Braunlich. He was the younger brother to Louise and Frank. Lance and Kara, Dave's half siblings, joined the family later.
When Dave was only 6 months old, his family moved from the East coast to sunny Southern California, where he lived and loved for the rest of his life. He resided in mostly Orange and San Diego Counties.
He was schooled in Dulzura, Ca and loved the ranch on Mother Grundy! Later, he attended Grossmont High School and went on to get his Associates Degree at Junior College. He got his Barber's License about 1955 and barbering was his primary profession and business for many years. He was known as Barber Dave and no matter where in the world he went, someone would call out “Hey, Dave....” He knew and remembered many people and many people knew Barber Dave.
He was married to Judy Gravell for 17 years and had three daughters, Pam, Laura and Denise. Pam Tryon has 2 sons, Robert and Patrick. Laura has 2 daughters, Nicole and Amber.
Denise Romeo has 2 daughters, Casey and Jannine. He had one great-grandchild, Mark (Nicole and Ralph's son). During those 17 years, the family spent a lot of time at Todos Santos in Ensenada and all over Baja, California. He loved Mexico all but the first few years of his life. Many many vacations were spent in Baja.
I think Dave's passion in life was LIVING IT! He LOVED to travel, scuba dive, and make people laugh and feel good! He could always make a complete stranger smile and talk about anything. He was friendly, always had a positive attitude, and was easy to trust. One person said, "Dave was the one person in this world that was truely comfortable in his own skin!"
He spent hundreds of hours volunteering for Disaster services for the Orange County Red Cross and at Churchs of Religious Science. He also was a star blood donor, donating more than 19 gallons to help anyone in need. In donating blood for his own cancer surgeries, he reached 20 gallons. He was a Mason. He delivered bread to the homeless in San Diego for years. He, also, loved to square dance and usher at plays/theaters.
Dave purchased property back out in Dulzura, CA. in the 80's. He built a house and moved from Orange County back to Dulzura in 1993, very near to his childhood home on Mother Grundy.
He became “Trailer Dave” in 1994 and spent the rest of the 90's exporting mobile homes to Baja California, mostly in Tecate. He moved about 50 trailers a year. There are about 500 families who received homes due to Trailer Dave's work and the work of his workers and salesman. Everywhere he went, again people would call out, “Hey, Trailer Dave.” He helped out a few families obtain homes without making any profit at all. After her home burned down, he provided a trailer to his housekeeper at a reduced rate. He was generous and willing to help others. He had the energy to do the yardwork and repairs for his real estate and rentals. Oh boy, did he have stories to tell about all those trailers, a few bad or sad.
Dave met the love of his life, Renelle, August 21, 1998. He asked her to marry him while in ICU (after cancer surgery) in July 2001. They married on 2/2/02 at 2:22 pm in a love-filled ceremony with family and friends in attendance. She made him very happy! One thing Dave always wanted to do was to travel the US in a motor home. He bought a 28 foot coach and traveled with Renelle all around the US for 18 months. Their daughter, Lexi, (a rescued Greyhound) traveled with them to round out their happy family. Renelle says, "He was my sweetheart and a perfect husband to me. He loved to tell me stories and beat me at cribbage and games."
Dave, you will be missed.
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