In Memory

Dennis Bratton ** - Class Of 1964

Dennis Bratton **

Dennis Bratton
1946 - 2017  


Dennis A. Bratton, Sr., age 70 years, 11 months and 27 days, passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 in Galveston, Tx. He was born in Detroit, Mi. to Major Carl E. Bratton and Maryn J. Bratton.
As the son of a military family, Dennis graduated from Johnson High School in Yokota, Japan. He attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx. Corporal Dennis Bratton was a United States Marine (Viet Nam War). He earned the following medals: Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal 1st Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal w/3*, Vietnamese Campaign Medal (1960-) and the Rifle Marksman Badge.
He was honored to have an excerpt from a letter he had written in Viet Nam. This letter was selected from over 3,000 applicants and engraved on a glass block on the New York City Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Plaza. Dennis received a personal invitation from Mayor Edward Koch to attend and be recognized at the opening event. https://www.vietnamveteransplaza
Dennis was a member of the San Antonio police Department for 22 years and retired in 1994. His ability to speak Spanish fluently was an asset as he served as Foot Patrol and a member of the SWAT. After retirement from SAPD, he became an active member of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Dennis loved building houses and the outdoors. He wanted to share his survival skills with others so he organized his Survival Camps in Alaska He loved fishing. Later Captain D. earned his International Captain’s License. He sailed throughout the international waters, especially loving St. Croix.
He wrote notes while in Viet Nam and Alaska. Dennis wrote and published the book: Porosus.
Dennis Bratton used these last years to work with local churches and non-profit groups. He was happiest when he was supporting the FFA members.
He married Maxine Schaeferkoeter in Stonewall Texas. They were blessed with two sons: Dennis Alex and Mark Richard. He taught them skills for hunting, fishing and to set high expectations.
Dennis A. Bratton, Sr. was preceded in death by his father, Major Carl Eugene Bratton; father-in-law, Max Schaeferkoeter; brother, Michael Bratton, and sister, Patricia E. Bratton-Ross.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Bratton; his sons, Dennis Alex Bratton, Jr. of Round Rock, Tx. and Mark Richard Bratton of Unionville, Conn.; mother-in-law, Josephine Schaeferkoeter of Fredericksburg; sister and brother-in-law, Charlene (Ralph) Johnson of Spring; nieces and nephews, Stephanie Pyterek (Travis) Buda; Tara Miller (Travis) Spring; Carl Bratton and Jason Bratton; great-nieces and nephew Maxie Pyterek, Cade and Josie Miller.
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Porter Loring Mortuary.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Porter Loring Chapel. Pastor Heather Hanson was the officiant.
Interment with Full Military Honors followed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Northside Education Foundation ( in San Antonio, Tx., Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department (PO Box 553 Port Bolivar, Tx. 77650), American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
Pallbearers (active) were: Carl Bratton, Jason Bratton, Jim Calavito, Russell Cripps, Travis Miller and Travis Pyterek.
Honorary Pallbearers were: Alton Cripps, Doug Hilton, Sebastian Priebe, Arnold Schaeferkoeter
and Retired Captain SAPD William Smith.

The JHS Alumni will miss Dennis very much.


Last Night Dennis passed away. Every time I see someone in our class pass I am saddened. He was more than a friend, he was my brother. There are few people that you meet who lived life like he did. When ever we got together we always talked about Japan and JHS.  He would talk about people I never knew because I was only there for one year.  After a while I would just listen to the stories and kind of nod. He really loved JHS.  Sorry for the rambling on .  Hope to get to one of the upcoming reunions to honor and remember my friend Dennis.

 Jim Colavito