Keith & Keith Funeral Home
Bradley John Card was born February 18th, 1926 in Yakima, WA to Catherine and Gordon Card. He graduated from Granger High School, Washington State University, and earned a Masters in Engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Brad was proud of being in the Army Air Corps in World War II. His love of flying planes continued throughout his life, including involvement in the Experimental Aeronautics Club and building a helicopter from a kit and learning to fly it.
Brad met and fell in love with his wife, Dorothy, at WSU. After Berkeley, he worked at Hanford for GE and lived in Richland. He had a yen for farming and moved to Yakima, buying a chicken farm for egg production. He enjoyed several years of chicken farming before moving on to teaching Engineering at Yakima Valley Community College. He received great rewards from seeing his students go on to fulfilling jobs. Brad became a partner in PLSA Engineering, thoroughly enjoying his engineering work until he was 88 years old.
Brad passed along his discipline and love of learning and math to his three children: Robert Card, Thomas Card and Carol Bruton, and two grandchildren: Christopher and Allison Card, who all became successful academics and engineers. In his spare time, he was a voracious reader, researched his family history back to 16th century England, and took online courses in mathematics into his 90’s. Brad enjoyed maintaining a park-like setting around their home on Occidental Road. He grew vegetables and had a three-acre walnut orchard that brought joy both to the family and to all the nice people that came out to pick up nuts in October.
Brad would easily admit this amazing life could not have been without the support of his energetic, smart, and loving wife, Dorothy. We thank God for all the love and time we had with Brad, and that God kindly took Brad home in the presence of his family on June 30th, 2018.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Bob (Nancy), Tom (Jodi) and Carol (Jon); and grandchildren, Christopher and Allison.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Wiley Heights Covenant Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yakima Arboretum or the Yakima Museum.