Nicknamed “The Legend” by his children and family, Bruce Bronzan passed away peacefully on his 73rd birthday, surrounded by his loving family, after a brave battle with lymphoma. His radiant soul will live in our hearts forever.
He is survived by his wife, Jeri Brittell; his daughter, Chloe Bronzan; his son, Forest Bronzan; his sisters, Mary Bronzan and Ann McDonald; his stepdaughters, Lani Free and Miriam Kopstein, and ex-wife Linda Bronzan.
Bruce was raised by his loving parents, Nick and Peggy Bronzan of Fresno. Nick instilled in him a love and commitment to public service, which led to a long and exceptional career in the health and social-service arena. He was a county mental-health program director and then served as a county supervisor for eight years as the lead for all health and human-services programs.
Bruce was a member of the California Legislature for 10 years and chairman of the Health Committee and the Select Committee on Mental Health. He authored more than 100 major pieces of legislation, including the first “parity” bill in the nation, along with major efforts in the areas of aging and long-term care, health, disabilities and children at risk. Bruce was honored numerous times for his work in health and social services, including receiving the first Jacob Javits Award in New York for advancing the cause of mental health.
After serving in the Legislature, Bruce held a position as a dean at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2001, he co-founded Trilogy Integrated Resources with business partner Afshin Khosravi. Bruce and Afshin created and launched the Network of Care, a web-based, health and social-services portal that today serves more than 30 million visitors nationwide.
Bruce was a visionary leader who inspired many people with his enthusiastic support of all who are in need. We all will strive to carry on his good work.
Bruce’s mother Peggy, a fine artist, inspired him with her passion for art, music and theater. This led to his performances in numerous community productions of Shakespeare plays and productions with his daughter Chloe, as well as playing Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” with the Fairfax Players (now known as the Fairfax Theatre Company). Bruce was passionate about all forms of art, music, food and wine, and he could discuss any of these topics well. He loved a lively dinner party and was quite a good chef!
There will be no funeral service at this time. But someday, post-pandemic, his family will have a grand celebration of his life. If you wish to honor his memory, a donation in Bruce’s name can be made to Mental Health America of Los Angeles at https://www.mhala.org/support-us/give-now/.