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Braden, Marv

Braden, Marv

January 25, 1938 — March 14, 2022

Marvin Preston Braden (Marv), Husband-Father-Grandfather-Friend-Coach, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 14, 2022 at NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City. He is thrilled to be joining his lovely wife, Becky.

Marv is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Frank Bartkowski of Weatherby Lake, MO, and grandson, Matthew Bartkowski of Stillwater, MN; nephew, Michael Nowak of Prescott, AZ; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Allen and her children Robert Allen III and Elizabeth Hockamier (Tab), all of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Becky Allen Braden; his parents, William and Harriett (Grose) Braden; and sisters, Lorraine, Mary, Nadine, and Sue.

Marv was born on January 25, 1938 in Kansas City, MO, where he graduated from Westport High School. In 1960, he graduated from Southwest Missouri State University. Marv received his Master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1962, where he was a grad assistant.

Marv's 40-year career provided him the opportunity to coach and teach the great sport of football: six years as a college head coach, 11 years as an assistant in the Big Eight, Southwest, and Big Ten conferences, and 22 years in the NFL. He coached in two Super Bowls, coached 13 players voted All Pro, and coached #1 ranked Special Teams in the NFL five different years.

Marv would say he was allowed to associate with some of the finest coaches in America and rub shoulders with some of the greatest athletes to play the game of football. One of his great pleasures was the unique bond developed between a group of young men from Cal Western that still continues today.

“My wife, my family, and my friends are my treasures. The God I love has blessed me far beyond my greatest expectations.”

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 10:30 am, on Friday, March 18, in the chapel at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 10:30 am, on Friday, March 18, in the chapel at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Braden, Marv's Guestbook

Janice, I am sad to hear of your loss with the passing of Coach Braden. Bill McCartney of Colorado University once said, “Coaching is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” In the two years I played on his USIU team I saw Coach Braden apply this message to many players. A great coach can motivate and inspire, and Coach Braden truly made a difference in his athletes’ lives. May he rest in love and peace.

Dennis Cole

Coach Braden was more than a Coach and Mentor for me. Well after his coaching career ended, we developed a none football relationship due to our mutual health and medical issues. We share the same cancer diagnosis and treatments, (or his lack there of ) amongst ourselves. We both called each other often before he really got sick, to get updates and talk about the power of prayer. Marv was far ahead of me in the praying department but gave me hope that I might survive this diagnosis. Several years earlier, I had the great opportunity to host Marv at my home for a couple of days to attend an Air Force/Army Game just down the road in Colorado Springs. Although COACH was retired, he was still coaching from the stands and I could see the same intensity he had when coaching at Cal Western. It was in his blood. The best times were the stories he told to both me and my wife Christie of the players, coaches and game situations he experienced that could fill a 500 page book. Many were laughable, some were tragic and others just unbelievable. What a career Marv had. Marv Braden touched 1000’s of athletes in his career on and off the field. Sadly, many will not know of Coach Braden’s passing. Nevertheless, most will remember this man when they reflect upon their time spent chasing that pointy brown ball in a game we call football. Rest in Peace dear friend. You are loved and respected by many.

John Faires

Janice, a great picture of Coach! His smile and upbeat attitude will always be remembered by his "Cal Western" players. We are thankful for your taking such great care of him and keeping us abreast. God bless Coach and you. Cliff Farrar-class of '71

Cliff Farrar -class of ’71

Janice I’m so sad to hear about coaches passing. This world feels smaller without him here. He loved you guys. you should know he also loved your visits and dinners in his room. It was a blessing to help him in any way he needed. Things from him that I’ll carry with me that he always said “there’s my man or number one guy” when he would see me. Him teaching me confidence always keep your hands out of your pockets. He taught me keeping promises by paying him nightly 10pm visits before I left to ensure he was okay. Marv it was a huge pleasure to have known you. You always blessed me in gratitude when leaving your room. Well Marv god bless you and keep you thanks for the lessons and memories.

Andrew Overstreet

Marv was one of the kindest people i have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. . When he would come down to arizona he would sit for hours talking about football. He would even come to my sons games. I know he wanted to be with his wife again and that makes me happy. Thank you for being a friend sir. God bless

Lenny Lutes

Janice, I helped look after Mr. Braden when he resided at The Gardens, and am so saddened to hear about his passing. He was a delight to be around and always made us laugh. May he rest in love and peace. You and your family will be in our prayers. ♡

Haley Becker

Janice, your father seemed like an amazing man! May the beautiful memories of him bring you and your family comfort at this time. Much love, Sarah Cossa

Sarah Cossa

Dearest Janice, Frank and Matthew Marvin and I meet at such personally difficult time in his life. He at first was not open and receptive. However with patience and care we began to shared a bond. A truly personal experience in which I had the privilege's to learn of his love of Christ, prayer, grace and mercy; the importance of these in our daily lives. I am thankful to have connected with him on such a level as his nurse. I will hold in my heart always our last visit, goodbye...always. I was given so many gifts in caring for him, and his daughter Janice. My condolences to Marvins family and all who will miss him.

Maripat Pena

Janice, Frank and Matthew, We are very sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed the time we got to spend with Marv and hearing his coaching stories. We love you all and will be praying for peace and comfort.

Hostetter Family

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