Dan Braillard, longtime ‘Voice of the Patriots,’ dies

October 30, 2012

There are certain things that make the atmosphere at a Liberty High School football game special.

Dan Braillard

The smell of burgers sizzling on the grill, the sea of blue-and -green clad fans, the music of the band filling the stadium and, most distinctly, the sound of Patriot announcer Dan Braillard’s voice echoing through the night, all made the Friday night lights shine a little bit brighter.

“Friday night at Liberty was kind of a production,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “Dan used that microphone as a way to just enhance the whole experience. It was kind of like a Shakespearean performance.”

Braillard, who spent 25 years announcing Liberty football games and 15 years calling Patriot basketball games, died of kidney failure Oct. 1. He was 66.

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Dan Braillard

October 30, 2012

Dan Braillard

On July 11, 1946, Dan Braillard was born to Grace Parmalee Braillard and Frank Braillard Jr. He grew up in Kirkland with his three brothers: Frank, Larry and Steve, and sister Joanne. Dan attended Lake Washington High School and was a proud Kang.

Upon graduation, Dan attended Central Washington University. It was there where he first laid eyes on Margaret Irene Bolick. Irene was the love of his life. The two were married in Pullman on March 23, 1968. Their amazing love affair lasted 43 years.

Dan was proud of serving his country in the Army and being stationed in Germany, his 43-year career at The Boeing Co., being the “Voice of the Patriots” for Liberty High School for 25 years, and most of all being a dad.

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