Ronald "Ron" Brown, age 89, retired Nemesis Civil Service CSQT Terrier/Standard Missile Department Systems Engineer Ships Qualifications Officer in Charge at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, and his family's very own "Superman", journeyed on to his heavenly home on July 1, 2014, his adoring family alongside him as he made his ascent.
Ronald was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 25, 1925 to Moroni Exervia and Mary Dolores Brown, the fourth of nine children.
Ron worked with his dad as soon as he could walk and evolved into a modern day renaissance man - one who could do, fix, and build just about anything. Ron's earliest favorite colorful occupations as a young man included caddying at the Ogden Golf and Country Club and wrangling horses as a cowboy on ranches in Cheyenne, WY. Ron joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, during WWII, proudly serving his country for 20 years, through 3 wars: WWII, Korean, and Vietnam, and traveling all over the world.
Ron married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Lola Jean Hartey, on November 10, 1945, while on military leave. Together they lived in several different places and had many exciting adventures. Once settled in Oxnard, they became proud parents of daughter Shelly K Brown and son J Roan Brown. They were happily married for 54 years until Lola passed on July 29, 1999. Ronald worked Civil Service in Port Hueneme for 20 years. Ron's #1 priority in life was always family and friends - making and spending quality time, enjoying precious moments, always being there.
Ron's favorite personal past times included his great enjoyments of golf, traveling in his R.V., researching family ancestry (Ron was especially proud of his Utah heritage - his great-great grandfather Captain James Brown helping found Ogden, Utah, called "Brown's Fort" or "Brownsville" originally), and anything "cowboy". Ron and Margy Barrington of Ventura were blessed to meet in 2002, becoming longtime companions and special friends to the end. Ronald was a lifelong Church of Latter-Day Saints member and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Fleet Reserves, Eagles Club, American Legion, and Tin Can Sailor.
Ronald is survived by his sister Bonnie Annette Brown of Ogden, Utah, and his children, of Oxnard. Ronald was preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin Franklin "Buddy" and Carl Eldon, his sisters, Dolores Anita, Kathryn, Edith, Marilyn, and Lou Jean, and his parents - all of Utah, along with his wife Lola, of Oxnard.
Ronald was an exceptionally loving father, devoted husband, and good friend - an overall genuine great human being whom everybody loved. Ronald's innate goodness and selfless loving spirit will live on forever in the hearts and precious memories of countless friends and family he and his life so indelibly touched. Ronald lived a beautiful, full, honorable life - he will never ever be forgotten.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and hospital facilities who diligently cared for Ronald during the course of his yearlong battle to overcome his illness.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at noon at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to