On December 9, 2023, Keith M. Bratberg passed away peacefully in San Diego after a courageous battle with Lewey Body Dementia. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Cynthia, daughter Kimberly, son-in-law Jeff, granddaughter Emily and grandson Tucker all of San Diego as well as his brother Kent (wife Dianna) and sister Carolyn of Cheyenne, Wyoming along with nieces and nephews.
Keith was a Navy veteran who graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. While at there he along with fellow classmates, established the Veterans club on campus, which is still active today. Keith went on to have a 35+ year career working in targets simulation for the Department of Defense (Navy) at the Pacific Missile Test Center, Point Mugu (California). A highlight from his notable achievements included collaborations with the British Royal Navy.
In his spare time, Keith loved to golf and participated on the boards of Olivas Park, CBC and River Ridge men’s golf clubs in the Ventura County area. He was honored as a Life Member by the Olivas Park Mens Golf Club for his service and contributions. Keith also loved to give back to young people and did so through coaching youth baseball and bowling for many years. He was so proud to represent the School of Mines at college fairs in California to support their recruiting efforts. Once he and Cindy relocated to San Diego, he was a proud cheerleader for his granddaughter’s softball team.
Keith was a treasure and will always be remembered for his dedication to family and friends and his fun loving sense of humor. He always said you need humor in life and always brought light and laughter to those he met. As a beloved husband, father, papa and friend, he will be missed beyond words.
Services will be held at Miramar National Cemetery on Friday January 12 at 10am with a luncheon to follow at Admiral Baker Clubhouse (2400 Admiral Baker Rd, San Diego, CA 92124). This was one of Keith’s favorite places to golf and where he and Cindy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the “Keith Bratberg Memorial Scholarship” established by his wife at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (https://cara.sdsmt.edu/donate). Select “Other” as the Designation and indicate this is for the “Keith Bratberg Memorial Scholarship”. This scholarship will be awarded annually to two students majoring in electrical engineering as a reflection of the pride he took in being an alumni.