BRISTOL — Jack D. Brainard, 85, died Thursday at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born April 26, 1928 in Goshen, to Isabelle and Claude Brainard.
He married Dortha Stucky Dec. 27, 1949 in Indianapolis. She survives along with their son, James (Elizabeth) Brainard, of Carmel; daughter, Carol (Robert) Jones of Germantown, Md.; six grandchildren; and a brother, William Brainard, of Goshen.
Mr. Brainard was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1946 and received a bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Butler University Jordan College of Music. In 1962, he received a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.
He taught music at Cloverdale High School from 1950 to 1952. He then served in the 10th Division Army Band and taught at the army band school in Fort Riley, Kan. and was honorably discharged in 1954. He returned to Indiana and began a 36-year teaching career at Bristol and Elkhart Community Schools.
He directed the Bristol High School band and choir from 1954 until Bristol Schools consolidated with Elkhart in 1966. He then became the band director at Brookdale Middle School and later North Side Middle School and retired in 1990.
He was the volunteer director of the Bristol United Methodist Church adult choir for 16 years. Mr. Brainard served for seven years as the first president of the Bristol Parks Board. He also taught at the Smith-Walbridge Band Camp in Syracuse in the summers for 30 years. He was honored to be named the grand marshal of the Bristol Homecoming Parade in 2001.
He played French horn with the Elkhart Municipal Band and during his retirement assisted with the New Horizons Senior Band. He was a past member of the music and worship committee of Trinity United Methodist Church and directed the church’s “Untalent Band.”
Mr. Brainard was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, the Elkhart County Teachers Association and was elected to be a member of the American School Band Directors Association in 1973.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home in Elkhart.
Funeral services will take place at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart at 10 a.m. Monday.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Building Fund or the Bristol Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be made at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.