James Alfred Brown (Jimmy) died December 2, 2012. Jimmy was born March 17 1986, a good day to have a birthday for someone who enjoyed a party as much as he did.
He is preceded in death by Casey and Kelly Newman, due to a boating accident while deer hunting. Jimmy was able to survive the accident but their loss left him with a terrible hole and ache in his heart.
He graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 2004. In high school he kept busy with football, snowboarding, hunting, and school work in this order of priority. After high school he tried a little college in Montana and Nevada but he came home to Juneau and joined the Carpenters Union. He was employed by North Pacific Erectors
Some of the projects he worked on were the Lake Dorothy Hydo Electric and most recently the Kensington Mine. He spent some time in Cordova. He enjoyed his work as a carpenter, and was really beginning to excel at this work. He has many friends who work in all the trades, such as other carpenters, iron workers, electricians, plumbers and fitters……….
Jimmy was a voracious reader. He always had a book and was always ordering books. We think he read every book Louis Lamour wrote by the time he finished high school, and then he moved on to historical fiction. He read so many historical novels he could have written his own.
When he wasn't working he enjoyed moose hunting on the Taku River and deer hunting in Tenakee Inlet. He would barely return from one hunt, only to be planning his next. He was a tough character to keep up with. Climbing to the tops of the ridges and down into the far valleys. Other hunters had to run to keep up with the horse. Jim has gone for a long walk in the woods and finally found some peace for a very sad heart
We will miss his spirit of adventure and his spirit of fun and that wonderful big Jimmy smile. He will forever live in our hearts and he will not be forgotten.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather David A. Brown and his maternal grandparents John A. and Dorothy C. Hansen.
He is survived by his parents James S. and Heather A. (Hansen) Brown, his brothers John and Alec, Grandmother, Nina L. Brown, Uncles, Steve Hansen (Washington), David Brown (Juneau). Aunts, Catherine Solemslie (Seattle) and Katherine Brown (Hawaii) and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 240462, Douglas, AK 99824. A memorial fund has been established.
A Celebration of Life and potluck is being planned for Saturday, March 16th, from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, at the Twisted Fish. Please bring your pictures and stories and help us honor his memory.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 21 to Mar. 20, 2013