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Bradley Achorn


Beloved Son, Brother and Friend

Gravesite Memorial Service will be held in Traverse City, MI on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. for Bradley Achorn at Peninsula Township Cemetery, 15318 Peninsula Road (between Seven Hills & Kroupa Roads).  Luncheon follows at the American Legion Hall, 4007 Swaney Road,  Old Mission Peninsula (across from Hazarot Beach).

Bradley Achorn, 47, of Eden Prairie, MN passed away unexpectedly, following a heart attack and cardiac arrest, on September 5, 2019, with his parents at his side.  He was born on May 26, 1972 in Dearborn, MI to Michael and Margaret Achorn.

The family moved to Troy in 1978.  Brad attended Leonard Elementary and Boulan Middle schools and graduated from Troy High in 1980. Throughout his youth, summers were spent at the family cabin on Long Lake near Cotton, MN in addition to five summers at Interlochen National Music Camp where he played the bass trombone.

He went on to attend U of MI-Dearborn on an Alumni Presidential Scholarship, graduating in 1985, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with additional majors in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Economics.  During college, he was also employed in the Noise/Vibration/Harshness lab at Ford Motor Co Advanced Engineering Center.

During the next ten years he traveled the world for MTS Corp, Eden Prairie, MN as a Software Engineer supporting their automotive testing equipment.  In 2005, he followed his dream and moved to California to work on feature animation films.  At Disney Studios, he provided software support to the animators for “Meet the Robinsons” and “Bolt” (both he and his brother, Brett, are in the credits for those films).  At DreamWorks, he took pride in his work on “Shrek 4”, Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Puss’n Boots”, Rise of the Guardians” and “Turbo”.  In 2015, he returned to MTS Corporation once again traveling the world.  He continued there until his death.

He is survived by his parents, of Traverse City, MI; his brother, Brett (Jennifer) of Pasadena, CA; his uncle, aunts, cousins and friends around the world.

Memorials preferred if desired to Old School Lives, Cotton, MN for the Brad Achorn Memorial Apartment.

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