David George Bradt

1939 ~ 2022

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Gathering for family and friends

Le Jardin, 1910 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
Jan 5, 2022 2:00 PM

David George Bradt, our Davie Baby, Bradtski, Dad, and Grandpa, age 83, passed away peacefully in Murray, Utah on December 29, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Heitsman Bradt, and three daughters: Lauri (Timothy) Lunde, K. Leah Place, and Sara (Rick) Dieter. He was beloved by many grandchildren: Clinton Ahaise Bradt, Annika Place, Edison Place, Zach Partlow, Daniel Partlow, Bethany Lunde, Rebekah Shaw, Abigail Lunde, and Anna Lunde. He will also be mourned by many great grandkids, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mildred and Myron “Clifford” Bradt, and sister, Joan Snyder.

Dave was born on June 23, 1939 and raised in Alabama, New York. His house did not have indoor plumbing and he would go next door to his aunt’s house with a bucket to retrieve water. Their “running water” involved Dave running next door for water. He was in the first graduating class of the new Oakfield-Alabama Central High School in 1957. When the new Ford Thunderbirds came out, he skipped high school to go see them at the dealership. Although he got in trouble and had detention, he indicated that it was really worth it, and he would do it again.

Dave graduated from Erie County Technical Institute and went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Dave started his career working as an electrical engineer when the technology of the day was vacuum tube technology. This involved manipulating a wire filament in a vacuum tube and, hence, controlling electrical flow. He contributed to the computers for Titan II and Titan III, the Gemini project, the Saturn guidance system for Apollo spacecraft, and the computer system on AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft. While he continued to work at the same facility in Owego, New York, the division he worked for changed hands from IBM to Loral and eventually to Lockheed Martin. He essentially held the same job for the entirety of his 40-year career.

He and Barbara raised their three daughters in Apalachin, New York. He was an involved and playful father. The girls remember him laying on his back so the girls could “fly” like superman on his feet and hands. He taught them to ski, bike and water ski. After retirement, he relocated to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he enjoyed skiing the champagne powder. In later years, he divided time between Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Murray, Utah.

Skiing has been a passion since he first learned on a rope tow outside Binghamton, NY. The Triple Cities Ski club was a place where he found kindred spirits, life-long friends, and where he met Barb. Some of his fondest memories were from ski trips to Vermont, Colorado, and Europe. He volunteered on the Greek Peak Ski Patrol for 14 years and volunteered as an Ambassador at Steamboat Ski Resort for 10 years. He also enjoyed cheering on his favorite athletes at the Winter Olympics, attending them in ‘80 at Lake Placid, ‘02 in Salt Lake City, and ‘06 in Torino, Italy. He continued to ski through the age of 81.

Cars and car racing were another passion. He loved and appreciated the engineering of Formula 1 cars. He also followed and attended NASCAR races across the country, with his favorite track being in Kansas City, where he could share the experience with his grandchildren and daughter, Leah. He enjoyed owning Corvettes in his twenties, but eventually traded in his Corvette for a station wagon when his oldest child was born.

Dave is a follower of Jesus and was active in attending and supporting churches as well as other ministries. He was always willing to help out people in need and was an amazing provider for his family. Although frugal in his own spending, he was extremely generous to others.

Dave was always eager to have friends over for dinner, host guests in their home, or to travel with friends. Dave loved to joke and make people laugh. If a joke did not land as expected, he would often say, “It was a joke, except for the funny part”.

Dave thoroughly enjoyed fireworks. He enjoyed black coffee, chocolate, and rhubarb cobbler. Dave appreciated a good meal shared with friends. If apple pie was served, he would say, “Apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze".

Having always enjoyed travel, driving, and Willie Nelson, the song “On the Road Again” became a family tradition for anytime we set out on a new expedition. He would say, “When I’m driving, I’m on vacation.” As we remember Dave, we picture him behind the steering wheel with Willie playing on the stereo.

A gathering for Salt Lake City friends will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Le Jardin, 1910 E Dimple Dell Rd, Sandy, UT 84092. Casual attire. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If you would like to share a favorite memory of Dave with his family, please visit larkincares.com.

Dave chose to donate his body to science in hopes that his donation may advance medical research.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you honor Dave’s legacy of generosity. Consider donating blood in his honor as he was sustained by blood transfusions in the last 2 years of his life. Share a meal with loved ones, get ‘fresh tracks’ skiing powder, tell a joke, look in awe at fireworks, make a child laugh, give generously, be kind and love well.


Barb and family I was sorry to hear of Daves passing and it s a blessing to know you will see him again what a kind and wonderful man he was,I m praying for God’s comfort for you and your family

- Alice Hoover iphone

A beautifully written tribute to a kind and loving man. Our hearts are saddened by his passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

- Roger and Carmen

Great neighbor, wonderful friend, spouse and father, grandfather. Dave was all of these. Barb , you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God’s Peace and Strength to you all, now and in the days ahead.

- Eleanor Ernest

Dave was a staple for Euzoa Bible Church. He was always supportive of our family in the kindest way. Especially for my youngest son Tifton, he was his Steamboat grandpa. Barb and Dave made lots of meals and hosted many sleep overs with Clinton and Tifton. They were such a great example on how to love people well. He will be misssed.💙

- Jodie Spradlin

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you all. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know Dave. He was delightful and we thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor! He will be greatly missed. He was a true gentleman. We know that he is with Jesus and look forward to seeing him again in heaven. Lots of love to you! We are keeping you in our prayers.
Psalm 147:3
Revelation 21:1-7

- Ross, Pam and Matthew Rottner

He was always uncle George when we were growing up. He was the cool uncle with the corvette’s. He would stop by and visit, when he was on his way to the Indianapolis 500. We would where him out with horseyback rides. Always loved and cared for his family. He will be missed.
Terry and Nancy

- Terry Snyder

I am imagining Dave running into the arms of Jesus. May you all feel those same loving arms wrapped around you as you grieve this earthly loss.
With much love and prayers for peace and comfort,

- Lori Harrington

I was saddened to hear that Dave has passed.

He was always one of the best of "the good guys".

I remember Dave & Barb...Walt & Lynda - two IBM engineers & two sixth grade teachers and all our early adventures

I remember his absolute joy as he and Barb welcomed their three beautiful daughters into the world.

I can imagine his joy as his family grew up and grew larger.

Kindness, joy, a family who loves & will miss you is the best legacy any person can have.

- Lynda Johnson

Dear Barb and Family,
I pray God’s love and peace as you
remember Dave and all th fun times you had together.
God bless you always, Debbie

- Debbie Lockard

Spent lots of good years with Dave starting in about 1965. Rest in peace, old buddy.

- Dick Miles

We were so sad to hear of David’s passing, and wish all of his closest family and friends peace during this time of mourning. His smile was infectious and his kindness reached so many people. I will always be thankful for the close relationship he had with my parents - John and Pat - as well as the times that he opened his Steamboat home to my family. We have many fond memories of playing games at the kitchen table or relaxing in front of the TV watching March Madness after a long day of skiing. David was such a kind and loving man, and had a heart of gold. I will miss getting the chance to hear a joke or enjoy a chat with him, but I am thankful he is at peace in heaven watching over all of his family and friends (and seeing every car race around the world).

Much love and peace to his beloved family.

- Erik, Asher and Gwyneth Sharp

Dear Barb and Family, we all send our condolences to you since learning of the passing of Dave. We will miss his warm friendship experienced over the years and send you all blessings and prayers that cherished
memories will bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.
God Bless and Love, Bill and Sharon

- Bill and Sharon Long

Barb and Family ~ The Bangels are sending love and prayers of support for all of you. We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather.

- The Bangel Family

Dear Lauri and Tim,
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your family and loved ones are in my prayers for comfort and peace at this time.
Much love,

- Julianne Ehlers

Dearest Bradt Family,
I'm sending a gigantic hug to you all, and remembering so many wonderful memories of Mr. Bradt (and all the Bradt fam). I recently learned that Mr. Bradt passed in December, and I am so sincerely sorry. I will be thinking of you all during his Celebration of Life on Saturday, and am sending you all much love across the miles.

I think the world of Mr. Bradt and your whole family, and I always will. My earliest memories are from back during my high school days with Sara. And my most recent memories are when he so generously drove me between Steamboat and Denver on many of my visits. He was so kind and fun, filled with stories and car advice. I really loved those trips. (And I learned everything I know about snow tires from Mr. Bradt!)

I send my heartfelt condolences to you all, and will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

With love,

- Kiran Gajwani