Brad von Raesfeld, 47, died on Nov. 19, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.

Born and raised in Petaluma, Mr. von Raesfeld lived and worked throughout the Bay Area, eventually returning to his hometown to start a family of his own.

He enjoyed a career in information technology, employed by NuCompass Mobility, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sola Optical, Lucasfilm Ltd., Synon, Inc., and others.

He is survived by his wife Tina, his sons Dax and Gavin (both students at Grant Elementary School), his mother Sandra von Raesfeld of Petaluma, his father Ernest von Raesfeld of Eugene, Ore., his brothers Jeff, Steve, and Gary von Raesfeld of Petaluma, his brothers Leo and Eugene von Raesfeld of Santa Rosa, and his sister Carolann Ianora of Walnut Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the "Dax & Gavin vonRaesfeld College Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch (Account # 6978515556).

Services will be held, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma.