FRED CARTHEL BRASFIELD
(1921 - 1998)
BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH - Fred was born to Jasper Lee and Laura Jerusha Donaldson Brasfield in
Green Forest, Arkansas on November 11, 1921, and was reared and educated in the public schools of Heber Springs, Arkansas. He left home as a teenager in search of better opportunities than available in the Arkansas Ozarks of the Great Depression, and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he helped bring telephone service to the northern Idaho wilderness. He was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII, and a member of the civilian occupation forces stationed in Japan following the war.
He Married Virginia May Baer in Long Beach, California on April 27, 1946. He entered the aircraft industry in Southern California, and went on to become a technician and test engineer on experimental aircraft at what would become Edwards Air Force Base.
When Thiokol Chemical Corporation began building their plant west of Brigham City, he accepted an employment offer as a test engineer in 1958. Brigham City would become his home, and he retired as a Quality Assurance Manager from Thiokol in 1989. He was a Registered Professional Quality Engineer. He was a founding member of the Brigham City Elks Lodge, and a member of the Brigham City Eagles.
Fred was an avid outdoors man, trout fishing, camping and bird hunting until the onset of his illness. We are pretty sure he never missed a shot. He was a wonderful husband and father, and a lifelong friend to his son.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, son Fred, daughter-in-law Janie, grandchildren: Robbin Price and her husband Curtis of Berkley, California; Trevor Brasfield of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; Jeremy Brasfield of Logan, and great-grandson Jack Price of Berkley, California; sisters Sybil Brown and Helen McKenna. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra, his parents, brother Herman Brasfield, and sister Dorothy Donaldson.
The family would like to thank all the friends that kept visiting and providing support. Special thanks to Arlie, Tim and Ed. We will always be grateful to all of you. We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr. Thomas Hannum, who exemplifies all that is honorable and much that has been lost in medicine.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date, and will be conducted by the Reverend Curtis Price. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements under the direction of Petersen Funeral Chapel.