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Harvey Arthur Brown, a lifetime resident of Mendocino County and a 63-year resident of Willits, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2012, at the age of 95. He had taken a fall October 1 and had been hospitalized since that time.
Harvey was born August 9, 1917, in Fort Bragg to Charles and Lena Brown. Harvey worked for the Redwood Product Lumber Mill, Berglund Tractor Company and retired from the Willits Unified School District as superintendent of Buildings and Transportation. Harvey was corporal in the U.S.
Air Corps, serving five years during
World War II
as an aircraft mechanic working on B25s.
Harvey spent hour after hour of his free time serving his community. He was a volunteer
with the Willits Fire Department, and did whatever he could to help them until late in his 70s. One of his fondest projects was helping rebuild an old locomotive engine for show in one of the local parks.
He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1955 and was past master, Hiram Award winner and 32nd-degree Mason. Harvey celebrated his 50-year anniversary award in June 2005. He belonged to the Redwood Empire Scottish Rite for several years.
When Harvey wasn't working or volunteering in the community, he and his late wife, Lorraine, could be found at fishing holes and rocky coastlines all over the West Coast region.
They were married for 64 years. For much of their free time, the couple traveled and camped, until Lorraine passed away in January 2005.
Harvey is survived by his and Lorraine's three children: Donna Brown of Lincoln; Gary and wife Penny Brown of Dexter, Oregon; and Brandyn Simpson of Sebastopol. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Schuler Brown of Creswell, Oregon; Heather and husband, Mike Madill of Gilbert, Arizona; Monica Crocker of St. Paul, Minnesota; Curt and wife Jen Iversen of Point Arena; and Christian Iversen of Point Arena. Five great-grandchildren also survive: Zachary McDill, Tiffany Munn, Kyla Iversen (and mother, Cindy Mitchell), Brittany Rinear, and Ryan O'Conner.
The family wishes to especially thank Glenda Brown for the care she provided Harvey during his last year of living independently at home.
Burial will be in Willits Cemetery. A celebration of life for both Harvey and Lorraine will hosted by the family on December 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Little Lake Grange, 291 School Street.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary,
Published in Willits News from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30, 2012
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"Your dad was an amazing fellow - sad to hear the news. My father worked for him until he retired at 65...."
- Karen Zook
"Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Karin Yde Weaver"
"To the entire family of Harvey Brown, We were sorry to hear of your father's passing. What a great and..."
- Charles & Marian Ross
"Dear Bonnie, So sorry to learn the news of your father's passing. I sent the news to classmates, and I..."
- Fran Lattin
"Dear Bonnie, Gary and Donna, i am so sorry to read about your dad. He was an awesome man and loved his..."
- Bonnie Fender Harrison
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