Paul D. Brazelton

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) reported the passing of retired Warden Paul D. Brazelton paul-brazeltonon Nov. 11, 2016.

Warden Brazelton began his CDCR career as a Correctional Officer at Deuel Vocational Institution in September 1984. He activated and promoted to Correctional Sergeant at Calipatria State Prison in November 1991, and later transferred to PVSP in 1994 for its activation.

He promoted to Lieutenant in March 1998 and then to Correctional Captain at PVSP in October 2004.

Warden Brazelton became a Correctional Administrator in January 2008, and later became Warden (A) of Pleasant Valley State Prison in November 2011.

He was confirmed as Warden in June 2012, where he remained until retirement in November 2013.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Chapel Grace, 120 E. Hawthrone Street in Coalinga.

A reception will immediately follow the services and will be open to the public, friends and coworkers. The reception will at the Chapel Grace-Faith Hall, 120 E. Hawthorne Street, Coalinga.

Uniformed personnel are asked to wear Class A uniforms.



6 Responses

  1. Reeves Family Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Such a wonderful man with a terrific sense of humor. I will miss the many Coalinga Youth Baseball games, Fantasy Baseball Drafts, Raider games, and Spring Training Baseball games we went to and had a blast. He also coached the last few years on the PVSP Men’s softball team that won a record 5 consecutive gold medals. Paul was great to work for and always such a pleasure to be around. So many memories will be cherished about him and many times at his home with his wonderful family. May God bless this great man and his family. Lots of love, thoughts, and prayers for you all.

  2. Al Scribner Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I was one of Paul’s sergeants when he was a fish at DVI…. I grew to have immense respect for him… he was smart, motivated and had a good sense of humor…. although I lost touch with him as we went our own ways in our careers, I am proud to have known and worked with him. He was a fine man and will be missed by many….. that is the sad part of our chosen profession… we normally don’t live too long after a career in those stressful prisons… thank you for your service Paul…. Rest In Peace…

  3. M. Ramirez Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    He was a great man to work for. May he rest in peace.

  4. Kenneth Morris Sunday, November 27, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Paul it was a pleasure to work with you at Gladiator School where you learned to be a good Correctional Officer, you were a great man.

  5. Kendall Milburn Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Breaks my heart for all his family and friends. He was a great man and will be forever missed by so many.

  6. J. Vieira Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 11:05 am

    This is a great man who came up the ranks and the trenches! This is a great loss.

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