Herbert E. Brown
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7/26/1927 - 5/22/2014
Herbert Edward Brown was born in Great Falls, Mont., on July 26, 1927, and died peacefully at his home in Meadow Vista, Calif., on May 22, 2014.
He grew up in Northern California, one of five children, sisters, Eleanor, Marcella, and Phyllis and brother David. Born to Herbert E. Brown, Sr. and Hester Lydia Shamberger.
He went to elementary school for a time in Emigrant Gap, Calif., in a one-room school house, but there was no school for older kids near the Zeibright gold mine where his father worked during the depression years so he "boarded" with strangers in order to go to high school in Grass Valley Calif.
Herb worked from the time he was 13, delivering newspapers, working on a ranch, and doing whatever job he could find. He enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II when he was 17; working in concert with the Navy, their mission was submarine patrol, and search and rescue in the Pacific.
At the age of 18, he married his first wife, Iris Bonner, and together they had two sons, Stephen, and Larry.
During a ten-year stint in the State Police, he began preparing to become a teacher. He earned a B.A. degree from CSU, Sacramento, and sometime later a Masters degree from Chapman University. He taught business classes in the Grant High School District for nearly 30 years, and for several years also taught economics at American River Community College in the evenings.
In 1966 he married his second wife, Margaret Lee Bates, and together they had a daughter, Lee Christine. The family moved to Meadow Vista, Calif., in 1970 where they built a home and where Herb and Margaret lived until the day he died.
After he retired he "kept his hand in" by substitute teaching in the Placer High School District until he decided to really retire and play golf at Auburn Valley Country Club, where he maintained a membership for a number of years.
He loved working on his property, building fences, cutting brush, mowing lawns, and chasing deer out of the flowerbeds. He found time to go fishing occasionally, take infrequent trips, read, watch football, and basketball on television. He served for a time on the Meadow Vista Water District Board of Directors and was a member of the Meadow Vista Improvement Association (in the pre-MAC days). And he never failed to vote.
He was a man who loved-and was loved by his family, and friends. He is survived by his wife, Margaret and sister, Phyllis Wishard, daughter, Lee Pentek (Mark), of Auburn, Calif., sons, Steve (Bonnie), of Fort Worth, Tex, and Larry (Debra), of Beaverton, Ore. and grandchildren; Christine Pentek, Sarah Pentek, Michelle McKinney, Tracy Wade, David Brown, and Ryan Brown, nephew, David Wishard, niece, Susan McLucas; and numerous great grandchildren.
A private graveside service with a rendering of Military Honors was held for him on May 28, 2014 at the New Auburn Cemetery.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 4, 2014