Adrian L. Brown 1921 - 2013 Adrian was born in 1921 on a snowy morning in Woodson, Arkansas, the youngest child of Homer and Lillie Brown. His earliest memories were of his father, his brothers and, after his mother's early death, the loving care of his stepmother, Susan Brown. Adrian grew up on a small farm where he learned to provide for himself and his family and to value the natural world and environment. Soon after Pearl Harbor, Adrian enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard and finished his World War II service as a second class Petty Officer. In 1944 in Portland, Maine, Adrian married Marie, who journeyed with him through 68 years of marriage. They moved West, living in Nevada, California, and Eastern Washington before coming with their two children, David and Meredith, to Olympia in 1960. Adrian was a carpenter and worked as a journeyman, foreman and superintendent on commercial and government projects. As a member of Local 1148, he served 14 years on the Washington State Apprenticeship Council. Adrian was also self-employed, building and remodeling homes. As an environmental activist, Adrian was instrumental in restricting roadside herbicide use by county and state agencies. He was recognized by The Olympian and his community as one of the "80 for the 80's," a citizen of South Sound "who by deed and example made our lives more meaningful." He supported habitat protection and preservation of clean water and was honored by the Black Hills Audubon Society in 2010 as the "Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year." Adrian and Marie placed 18 acres of wetlands into conservation near Bigelow Lake outside of Olympia. The grandchildren remember Grandpa's skill at lake fishing and his ability to fix and make use of everything. He could always be found working in his organic garden which yielded bumper crops for the family table. Adrian is survived by his wife Marie, son David Brown (Susan), daughter Meredith Rafferty (Donovan), and grandchildren Sarah Brown, and Lyle and Alex Jennings. There will be a private service for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Nature Conservancy.
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Published in The Olympian on Mar. 31, 2013