Leslie “Les” Allan Bratten passed away suddenly on December 23rd, 2021, at the home of a friend from natural causes.
Les was born September 15, 1967, in Littlefork, Minnesota to Nancy and Bernie Bratten. When he was 12 the family moved to Alaska. Les attended school in Fairbanks, graduating from Lathrop High School in 1985.
He started working for Safeway in high school and was there for 25 years. He made many dear friends there and touched many lives with his kind and compassionate heart. He was generous with his time and would do anything he could to help others.
Les loved Alaska and spent much of his spare time outdoors. He enjoyed camping, boating, and was an avid fisherman. He could often be found at a local lake or river or fishing in Valdez. He enjoyed animals and especially dogs. He loved family and friends and was a great uncle to his nephews, nieces and family friends. Les spent many enjoyable hours with family and friends sharing stories and laughter around the campfire.
He was preceded in death by his father Bernard “Bernie” Bratten, grandparents Ray and Esther Granstrom and Peter and Irene Bratten, and many other beloved family members and friends.
Les is survived by his mother Nancy Bratten of Fairbanks, AK, sisters Julie (Paul) Accola of Fairbanks, AK and Kristi Schoenfelder of Knoxville, TN, niece Courtney Reed of Knoxville, TN, nephews Tanner Schoenfelder of Mesquite, NV, Nicholas Accola of Fairbanks, AK, and Andrew Accola of Fairbanks, AK and many other family members and friends.
There will be a memorial service for Les on January 15, 2022 at 3pm held at Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 611 Noble St Fairbanks, AK 99701.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter or Fairbanks Community Food Bank.
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