On June 22, 2014 Floyd Brittain passed away after a long, brave, and dignified battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 92 years old. He died in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Floyd was a World War II Veteran, deployed to Normandy, Northern France, and lastly, the Rhineland. After an honorable discharge, Floyd wed Cathen Roberts, who preceded him in death, after 61 years of marriage. Prior to starting a family, Floyd and his new bride greatly enjoyed the jazz and big band music events of the early 1950s. The couple and their two daughters settled in Sacramento in 1961. Floyd retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, after 26 years of service in 1982. Floyd was very active in the Oak Park United Methodist Church for many decades, and served the church in many different capacities. He and his wife supported and cared for elderly family and friends, enriching their quality of life. Floyd was a skilled handyman, and a talented gardener. He especially enjoyed cultivating aquatic plants, including beautiful water lilies which he gave to friends and family, and sold to local nurseries. Most importantly, Floyd was a family man who enjoyed taking his family on long drives after church services. Floyd is deeply loved, and will be greatly missed. Floyd is survived by his daughters Benita Brittain and Yvette Brittain, grandson Christopher Turner, sisters Shirley Booker and Pasty Lomax, brother Elray Brittain, son-in-law Ron Turner, honorary family members the Ciraulos and Turners, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, brother-in-laws, relatives, and loving friends. Floyd will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on July 1, 2014 at 11:30 am. In honor of Floyd's military service, and the recent 70th Year Anniversary of D-Day, the family respectfully requests that a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project be sent instead of flowers.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 29, 2014