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Brazelton services are set for Saturday

Former Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton will be laid to rest Saturday, after a funeral at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto, his family announced Tuesday.

Brazelton died suddenly from natural causes Monday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. His death at 66 came as a shock to friends and colleagues, particularly because the former prosecutor put in a full day at a Modesto law firm Friday.

Brazelton was a police officer who became a lawyer and rose to the top of the heap, serving as the county's top prosecutor for nine years.

He resigned in July 2005, during his third term, to work for a private firm that runs a bad-check collection program. In July, he set up an office at Moorad, Clark and Stewart, a firm that handles civil matters.

He was a Civil War buff and loved genealogy.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and three sons and a stepson.

The rosary will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the McHenry Chapel of Franklin & Downs. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson.

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