John A. Brown(1934 - 2013)

JOHN A. BROWN A memorial service for John Alton Brown, 79, of Oroville, Ca, will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 45 Acacia Avenue in Oroville. He passed away at his home in Oroville on August 12, 2013; John's passing is a loss to all who knew him. He was born and raised in Willits, Ca. His parents were Willard and Ellen Brown. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Brown, for 58 years and raised five children. After his graduation from Willits High School in 1953 he attended the College of Redwoods and Butte College. He was employed by North Western Pacific Railroad and Solano Railcar Company. He was a Millwright at multiple California Power Plant Projects, and worked as an Independent Contractor. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Masonic Blue Lodge of Oroville, Ca. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and the Boilermaker and Blacksmith Union. He was the President of the Oroville Breakfast Lions, Ophir Gopher Jeep Club, and the Redwood Empire Four Wheel Drive Club. He contributed to his community as the Parade Chairmen of the Willits Annual Frontier Days Celebration, a rodeo clown and a roller-skating clown. He was a Dad Advisor for the Order of DeMolay, Order of Rainbow for Girls and a leader of the Campfire Girls and Boy Scouts of Butte and Humboldt Counties. In the 1980's John had the good fortune to meet Gerald Lugenbeel, Jr., a quadriplegic sculptor from Mexico who was residing in Chico, Ca. Gerald became John's mentor, training him in the lost wax method of casting. Their friendship continued for many years. John went on to become a sculptor in his own right. His piece "Hear our voices" was displayed at the Arc Solano, an art program for people with developmental disabilities. His piece "The Dreamer" is currently on display at the Fort Bragg Public Library. He shared his love of art with many children as a volunteer art teacher for Helen Wilcox School, Feather Falls School, Sierra Avenue School and Manzanita School. He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Brown, five children, Nancy (Albert) Brown-Camacho, Mike (Rosetta) Brown, Rachel (William) Ford, Gail (Troy) Leonard, Alex (Angela) Brown, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. His example taught us to work hard, give what you can, be creative and take care of those who can't take care of themselves. He was always ready with a story, a car ride or a grapefruit. He was an excellent storyteller and will be missed dearly. Arrangements are under the direction of Affordable Mortuary; you may send condo-lences and memories to John's family at

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28, 2013