May 16, 1937 - July 28, 2012
Bruce P. Brunoe (Mickey) age 75, passed away Saturday morning, July 28, 2012, at Mt. View Hospital. He was born May 16, 1937, in his Grandpa Jerry Brunoe's house off of Hwy 26 in Warm Springs, OR. Mickey Brunoe went to Madras High School, graduated in 1956, and went into the United States Air Force. His job, which had a higher security clearance than a Navy Seal, was listening to foreign military forces radio transmissions. In the Philippines, He played half-back on the Clark Air Force Base football team. He was reassigned to San Angelo, TX, where he met his wife, Frances Brunoe. After Mickey worked and went to community college in Long Beach, CA, where he started sweeping floors at Paulsen-Webber Wire Rope Company, where he eventually got transferred and became manager of his own shop.
He came back to his home where he was born and raised and became a logger. He was asked by Persh Andrews, who was a successful mill manager in the 70s, if he wanted to become a salvage logger. He turned his salvage logging business into a green tree logging business. He has owned Brunoe Logging for 44 years. As Brunoe Logging formed into a family business he was able to get more help from his sons and started a construction business with his brother.
In 1983, he was named minority business man of the year for the State of Oregon. He was asked to be on council and he reluctantly said yes. He wasn't on the ballot and had to run as a write-in. He became one of the only Tribal Council members to be voted onto council as a write-in. He served two times and was chairman in his second term. He had to step down in his second term because of heart issues. Mickey loved his community and always wanted the best for everyone.
Mickey is survived by his wife, Frances Brunoe; his brother and sisters, Ted Brunoe, Carol Cochrin, Roxane McInturff; his children, Bobby Brunoe, Jeri Brunoe, Bruce Brunoe, Sandy Williams, Guy Gregg; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.