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Robert Doyle Bruner

November 28, 1942 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

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Doyle Bruner, age 81, of Niceville, died at home on December 28, 2023. He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1942 and spent most of his early life there.  Because of his father’s military career, the family moved to Southern Germany for three years in the mid 1950’s. He was old enough to benefit from that experience, and always enjoyed German food. He graduated from Lawton High School and attended Oklahoma State University and Cameron University.  Because there were no college programs in computer science back then, he moved to Dallas to attend an IBM school where he learned computer programming, software design, etc.   

He worked for the U. S. Army for several years, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Richardson, Alaska and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he helped develop a “new system” that became the internet. He returned to Alaska in 1975 and was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Anchorage for the next two decades.  

An avid hunter since his days with the forstmeister in Germany, he bagged moose in Alaska and doves in Arizona. He and his wife Gail traveled extensively—from Austria to Indonesia—but returned to Southern Africa many times where they enjoyed hunting and photo safaris as well as self-drive trips. Their home is called the “Safari House” and is filled with taxidermy mounts and African artifacts. Giving advice about Botswana, Namibia and South Africa became a 20-year retirement business for Doyle called Khoisan Adventures. He loved being a specialized travel agent and usually booked his customers with someone he had experience with himself. He was a keen birdwatcher and wildlife watcher—whether on safari or in his own backyard—and took thousands of great photos over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Gail Baker, and three children: Tracy Lee and husband Michael, Charles (Chuck) Bruner and wife Kimberly, and David Bruner and wife Melissa. Six grandchildren survive him: Kary Kinder, Ashley DeVore and husband Chad, Christa Lee, Rees Lee and wife Allyson, Addison Bruner, and Aidan Bruner. He is also survived by six great grandchildren: Aubrey, Avery and Alex Blair, Hayden and Kenley DeVore, and Levi Lee.

 McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 a. m. at the former Bluewater Bay Clubhouse, now called The Preserve: A Taproom, 2000 Bluewater Boulevard in Niceville. Memorial contributions can be made to Mercy Ships (mercyships.org), the Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance (ivancarterwca.org), or to a charity of the donor’s choice

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