Manuel Freddie Brazil Jr., aka “Skip,” 75, of Tonasket passed away at his home in the presence of his family on Jan. 27, 2011.
He was born July 19, 1935 to Manuel Brazil Sr. and Lillian Brazil of Los Angeles, Calif. He was raised in the greater L.A. County, attending the public school system and working in the area as a mechanic at a family owed garage. On Nov. 26, 1952 Manuel enlisted in the United States Navy. He then served on the USS Kankakee as a machinist mate during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in December of 1960. A Decorated Service Veteran with the National Defense Service Medal. Manuel then worked as a Truck driver and a Teamster member in Southern California until he moved North to Washington State in the late Seventies. He worked as an orchardist in Ellisforde until the mid-Eighties when he fell back on his experience as a truck driver for a living.
Manuel “Skip”, as he was known by his friends and family, was a Dad, Grandfather, Uncle, Partner and Friend to all that knew him. He was patient and loved his family and spending time with them. Skip enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper and target shooter. He was an NRA member and belonged to the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion. He lived an active full life and touched the lives of those he knew forever. Skip has passed from out sight but never from our hearts. Skip loved to dance and he could bust a move, that’s how he won Patty’s heart.
He is survived by the love of his life, Patty DeJong, of Tonasket; one son, Michael Brazil (Tonya) of Tonasket; three daughters: Mary Brazil (Morgan) of Tonasket, Jennifer Ludwick (Scott) of Norwalk, Calif. and Susan Brazil (Barry) of Omak; Daughter’s-in-law, Shawn Brazil, step-children include two sons, Louie DeJong (Renee) of Colville, Clayton DeJong (Shonna) of Tonasket. Skips large family includes 21 Grandkids, Nine great grandkids, many nephews and nieces and adopted children.
Skip was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Francis Ramirez of Los Angeles; his sons: Mark Brazil of Tonasket and David Mulvaney of Laguna Beach, Calif.
A memorial service will be held for Skip at the Eagles in Tonasket on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents/Okanogan County Crematory entrusted with the arrangements.