Cary Ray Brawley, a resident of Pioneer, passed away peacefully July 9th after a brief illness. He was 72. Born in Baltimore, Md., Cary grew up in Severn and Glen Burnie, Md. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957, where he served as an air traffic controller until his honorable discharge in 1960. He worked for National Airlines in San Francisco for two years before attending Air Traffic Control School in Oklahoma. Throughout his career, he worked as an air traffic controller at Lake Tahoe, Napa, JFK International Airport, New York; Baltimore Washington International Airport; and retired from the Oakland Bay TRACON. He was a proud member of PATCO, air traffic controllers union. Cary retired in 2002, and moved to Pioneer with his wife Barb, where he enjoyed working on their home, traveling, woodworking, and especially spending time with his family. He was an avid bowler, and served as president of the Gold Country Match Club and the Newcomers League. He was a member of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. He also enjoyed working at the elections as an inspector. He will be remembered as an outgoing friend to many people, so special and so instantly loved. He is survived by his wife Barb of 27 years; his children Kim Schmitt of Roseville, Ca., Randy (Cristal) Brawley of Pleasanton; Steve Brawley of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Laura (Steve) Abel of Placerville; Pam (Todd) Wiswell of Concord; Sharon (Bob) Sims of Granite Bay; and his grandchildren, Kaitlin, Michael, Travis, Morganne, Barrett, Renae, Holly, Matt, Allison, Nicole, and Danielle; his brothers Warren Brawley and Craig Vogel; and his sister Janice Bartlett. He was preceded in death by his mother Jessie Brawley, his father Gilbert Vogel, and his brother Alan Brawley. A Celebration of Life/Reception will be held at 1 p.m., August 17, 2012, at the American Legion Hall, Amador Post 108, 12134 Airport Road, Sutter Creek, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642.