Charles Franklin Brown passed away July 29, 2012, in Downey, Calif. He was born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 25, 1918, to Charles Franklin Brown and Almeda Perry. He received his early education in Brigham City and later moved to Logan where he graduated from Logan high school in 1937. He continued his education at Utah State University, graduating in May 1941 with a degree in civil engineering.
The Guest Book is expired.
That was an eventful month - he married his high school sweetheart, Mabel Bott, they graduated and he accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve. "Under the direction of the President of the United States [he] was ordered to active duty with the regular army for a period of 1 year effective May 30." That one year stretched into five. He was assigned to Air Force Headquarters of the 507th Fighter Group as an anti-aircraft specialist on Ie Shima when they received word that Japan had surrendered Aug. 15, 1945.
Accompanied by Mabel and their daughter, Linda, Charles moved to Southern California after the war and began a career with the Southern California Gas Company. He began in the engineering department, transferred to sales and then moved to management as the superintendent of distribution for the Southeast Division located in Downey, Calif. They have lived in Downey for 54 years. He retired in 1986.
Charles was an active member of the LDS Church, enjoyed traveling and had an additional career as a baritone with the Southern California Mormon Choir and the William Hall Chorale. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Mormon Choir in 2008. He and Mabel were able to travel extensively with those organizations performing all over the world.
His love of music led him to make a violin that his daughter has played worldwide as a member of the Utah Symphony and other orchestras over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Almeda (Wallace) Christensen; two brothers, Elliott (Elynor) and Bert (Jean); and sister May (Russell) Heiner. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mabel; daughter Linda (Richard) Allen; five grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Allen-Hall Mortuary chapel, 34 E. Center St. in Logan, Utah. Friends may call at the mortuary one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery.
Condolences may be extended to the family online by visiting www.allenmortuaries.net.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from August 3 to August 17, 2012