Kenneth Dwaine Bracken II passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2011, while in Albuquerque. He was 68. Kenny was born May 24, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Ernest and Doris Bracken. They later moved to Mentor, Ohio, where Ernie still resides. He is the oldest of three brothers and one sister still residing in Ohio, as well.
Kenny is survived by his two children, Jennifer Louise Bracken, D.V.M., of Farmington, N.M., and Shane Michael Bracken, of Pagosa Springs. Also, his only grandson, Ethan Shane Bracken, of Pagosa Springs.
Kenny and Betsy moved to the southwest in 1973 from Ohio. They traveled between Arizona and Colorado, living in their van and then a school bus with two German shepherds, a hound dog, a fat cat and, eventually, 13 puppies. Kenny and Betsy both made jewelry. One of their greatest accomplishments was trading for the small town of Tiffany, Colo., and the surrounding 80 acres. That was their start of a lifelong shared dream; a place where they married and started a family and horse ranch. Kenny was a man with a heart of gold. He was passionate about everything he did and was the type of man who would give you the shirt off his back. No matter how little or much he ever had, he still donated either money or his handmade jewelry to a number of organizations. Children’s organizations were often recipients of his generosity and extravagant donations. He loved and supported his family and friends and was always available for the simplest or toughest of needs. He will be forever missed and always remembered.
Kenneth was cremated as per his wishes; there will be a celebration of his life on May 14, 2011, at Betsy Bracken’s house (39 Cedar Dr., Arboles, Colo.) in the Andrews Subdivision on the north side of the lake. For more information, you can contact Shane Bracken at (970) 764-7967.