There will be a private family graveside service at Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock, MN, with Rev. Julius Miller of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church officiating.
Douglas Edwin Braaten, son of Arthur and Catherine (Jackson) Braaten, was born November 10, 1944 in Rugby, North Dakota. Doug grew up in Hancock, where he attended and graduated from Hancock High School with the class of 1962. Doug continued his education at Moorhead State College, graduating with a teacher's degree in Industrial Arts. He then went on to Greeley, Colorado for his master's degree and also started to work on his doctorate degree.
Doug had many fond memories of growing up in Hancock. He started as a bat boy for the Hancock Orphans Baseball Team and playing with the Orphans through high school. During high school, Doug worked for Zip Bell at the super market and was active in several sports during high school. In college, he played baseball for the Moorhead Dragon's being Co-captain of the team his senior year. Dragon coach, Loel Frederickson always stated "we rely heavily on the bat of Doug Braaten". Following his schooling, Doug was asked by Harold Grams, former Hancock Superintendent, to come and teach for him at the school in Kenai, Alaska. Doug taught there until his health declined.
Doug enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He stayed current on events and sports always added humor to the conversation. He also had a fantastic memory.
A celebration of Doug's life was held with him in Moorhead, MN, attended by family and many close friends.
Doug passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Moorhead, MN, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. He was 71 years old.
Doug is survived by his sister and brother-in-law: Karen and Arden Larson of Moorhead; two nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Ivan Braaten.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.