Encinitas, CA – The announcement of Erv Braun’s passing on July 10th profoundly rocked the Motocross and Supercross industry as a whole. This was evident in the multitude of social media posts from people throughout the industry sharing their personal stories and fond memories of him. Reading these stories, even if you never had the pleasure of meeting him, it was made clear the positive impact Erv made on every life that he touched. With his quick wit and warm demeanor Erv will forever be in our hearts and the races will not be the same without him.
Erv suffered a massive ischemic stroke on June 6th, and had been recuperating in a full-time rehabilitation therapy center in his hometown. His around the clock care and intense rehabilitation program was only partially covered by insurance. To help offset these additional costs Road 2 Recovery set up an online fundraising page on their website and started requesting memorabilia donations from Motocross and Supercross riders for an Ebay auction. The direct link is https://road2recovery.com/cause-view/erv-braun-the-voice-of-sx/ any donation is greatly appreciated. The Ebay auction is expected to go live at the end of July or early August, once all the donated memorabilia is received. The funds that have already been collected and any additional proceeds from the Ebay auction will now go to Erv’s family.
The following is Erv Braun’s eloquently written obituary his family has asked Road 2 Recovery to pass along. This is an insightful peek into the man he was and so beloved by all.
Erv Braun (1945-2016)
Erv Braun peacefully passed away on July 10th, 2016 at the age of 71, in his hometown of Elmira, New York.
Erv was born on February 2, 1945 with a banjo in his hands. In his early years, his musical mastery was developed playing alongside his parents, Erving and Genevieve von Braun. He won his first talent competition by the age of 4 and in his late teens and early twenties became well known to listeners throughout the state of New York as “Von Braun.” With his love of motocross racing and his proven entertainment skills he gained legendary status as the “Voice of Supercross”. In addition, Erv was an advocate for natural health care and human rights. His larger than life personality will never be forgotten.
Erv is survived by his beloved soulmate of 47 years, Win Atwell, his children Xzane (Ann Braun), Ysreen (Jeff Shores), Zya (Gretchen Braun), and Zegin, his step-children, Andrew (Kim Bedient) and Kelly, and his grandchildren, Xzane, Zachary, Zalayna, Zayda, Zavior, Zanden, Zabriel, Ava, and Zya.
At Erv’s instructions he was cremated. He asked that his family and friends celebrate his life through joyful reflection of times spent together. Prior to his passing Erv was ministered to by prayers and passages of all faiths, including Native American, Jewish and Christian.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Road2Recovery.com, which is a foundation founded to help professional AMA licensed motocross/supercross members with financial assistance when sustaining career-ending injuries. It also provides motivational, emotional and spiritual support to these individuals and their families. Please find Erv’s specific online donation link below as well as the R2R mailing address if preferred.
Road 2 Recovery Foundation
1942 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to helping AMA licensed Professional Motocross/Supercross riders and Action Sports Athletes with financial assistance if career-ending injuries are sustained. Additionally; motivational, emotional, and spiritual support is provided to these individuals and their families. To make a donation, click here. For more information on Road 2 Recovery and upcoming events visit www.road2recovery.com or contact Anita Button at 760-436-1366.