John "Jack" Peter Braun

April 17, 1931 - October 21, 2009

Jack Braun, age 78, of Ocala, Florida, entered into eternal rest on October 21, 2009, in Plano, Texas, surrounded by his family. He was born April 17, 1931, in Teaneck, NJ, to Jack and Edna (Riker) Braun. Jack was a 1950 graduate of Gesu Catholic High School in Miami, Florida. He worked with Florida Power and Light, served as a City of Miami policeman, and retired from State Farm Insurance. Jack loved sports and was an avid University of Florida Gators fan. He was a long-time blood donor and volunteered at Hospice of Marion County. He is survived by his children Scott Thomas Braun of Marshall, NC; Cynthia Braun Griffin and husband Ed of Plano, TX; and John Milton Braun and wife Debbie of Alexander, NC; his grandchildren: Edwin L. Griffin, III, of Dallas, TX; Ashley Griffin Martin and husband Derek of Frisco, TX; and Caroline A. Griffin of Addison, TX; and his two great grandsons – Cole Griffin Martin and Beckett Reece Martin – who adored him and relished in his jokes and “monkey bites.” He is also survived by his best friend and beloved companion Barb Olsen of Ocala, FL, and other family members, poker buddies, and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Mary Louise Zacharias Braun. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Children’s Medical Center, 1935 Medical District Drive, Dallas, TX, 75235, where his daughter is a registered nurse.

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Dear Cyndi, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a great guy and we know you will miss him very much. Tom and Lynn Nickels, November 3, 2009 Jack, you were always my "big brother" and it seems like it always that way. There are so many memories especially from Miami. Thanks for all the good times you gave Mary Lou and the whole family. Will always love you. Dorothy Elizabeth Wells, November 3, 2009 You are always remembered for your warmth and friendship at Gesu High School. Nancy Taber, October 31, 2009 I always admired and respected Jack because of his athletic abilities, but it is his modesty and simplicity that stand out in my memory. We were classmates and graduated together in 1950. My sympathies and prayers are with him and is family. He will be missed. Servando "Junior" Mendez, October 29, 2009 "Jack in the Back" What a great neighbor you were. We will miss your wonderful sense of humor. So Sorry we didn't get a chance to say goodbye..........Gail and "Bill on the Hill" Bill and Gail Engels, October 28, 2009 Dora's maiden name Mendoza, Gesu class of '52. Though Jack was a upperclassman, he always treated everyone with respect. I very much enjoyed playing baseball on the Gesu team with Jack and learned a great deal about the game from him. He and Mary Lou were a great couple. God Rest His Soul Jim & Dora Morris, October 28, 2009 Jack, I will always remember you as a good true friend and a fun poker player. God bless you and your family. Rudy Schasel, October 27, 2009 Dad, only God knows how much I miss you -- my heart is forever broken. I am thankful for the 53 years we spent together and look forward to joining you for eternity in Heaven. I know you're surrounded by loved ones, friends, and, of course, all of your beloved pets. Enjoy! Oh, while you're up there, how about keeping an eye on my Aggies and Cowboys! My love eternally, Cyndi Cyndi Griffin, October 26, 2009