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Bradley Cleveland, 56

Bradley Cleveland, age 56, of Mound, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, from brain cancer.

A celebration of Brad’s life will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Club, 2800 Northview Rd, Minnetonka Beach. A brief program celebrating Brad’s life will begin promptly at 4 p.m., followed by the party Brad desired. Brad requested that neckties be left at home.

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Biobank Endowed Fund. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org or mailed to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Arrangements are with the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata.

Brad was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Sioux Falls, SD.

He graduated from Golden Valley High School, St. Olaf College, and received a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Brad was a long-time employee of MTS Systems and ProtoLabs, where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2014, when he retired.

He loved to fish, bike, boat, watch good TV series, drive fast black sports cars, drink Kendall Jackson chardonnay, plan trips, and “whatever makes Pat happy.” He will be remembered for his generous spirit.

Brad is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pat; son Johnathon (Rachel); daughter Kristen (John Macauley); parents Nila Cleveland, and David and Carolyn Cleveland; brother Brian; sister Cathy Bowlby; and the light of his life, grandson Jack Cleveland.

He is also survived by many Hvass in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

The following is a message from Brad:

“It won’t surprise anyone that knows me to see that I wrote my own obituary. :)

“First of all, I’ve loved Pat since I first met her when we were teenagers. She is the smartest, kindest, most caring and beautiful person I’ve met in my entire life. As everyone is fully aware, she fundamentally made me the truly luckiest person in the world.

“Johnathon and Kristen have always been amazing people that I have respected very much. Their independence and desire to pursue whatever makes both them and the world around them happy has always been a joy to see. Their spouses, Rachel and John are wonderful, as is amazing Jack, the son of Johnathon and Rachel.

“My parents (Nila, Dave and Carolyn) have unquestionably loved me and filled my life with even more joy.

“My siblings, Brian and Cathy have been wonderful for me, as have all of Pat’s brothers and sisters. We’ve had an awesome time together over the years and I thank them all very much.

“Each of my very close friends, colleagues and advisors were a joy to be around and I wish them all the very best.

“My life has been a dream. Thanks to our wonderfully good luck, we were able to support an array of charities that were important to all of us. Thanks to a trust my dad worked hard to set up for me, I was able to make great investments in my last two employers that allowed me to protect my family, give funding to charities, and have fun with my extended family – all at the same time.

“So, there you go. Being a very lucky person obviously made my life a joy, and I wish the same for everyone else . . . especially Pat, the first and only love of my entire life.”

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