James A. "Jim" Brown was born on April 12, 1921, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Claude D. Brown and Eva Mae Brown (Story).
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He was the oldest of 4 brothers: Richard (Dick), Claude (AI), and Blaine Dewey. In 1940 Jim enlisted in the US Army. After transferring to the Army Air Corps, he served in Iceland and China.
After the war, while working for a short time as a civilian, Jim was hired to help build a silo on the farm of Lee Eastwood. That is where he met "the one true love of his life" Donna Brown (Eastwood). On September 7, 1946, they married and together he and Donna had 5 children: Alan, Gary, Connie Roth, Jeff and Mark.
Jim re-enlisted in the Air Force and as a result the family traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Germany. They also lived in several different states in the U.S. Jim retired in 1965 as a Major in the U.S. Air Force.
Jim was a wonderful father who liked to take his family camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and skiing. During his retirement years he took up gold mining in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He often took his grandchildren with him and they have great memories of those times.
Jim was pre-deceased by Donna, his wife of 61 years, and by his brothers Richard and Blaine. He is survived by 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at Community Christian Church on Highway 95 Saturday, February 16, 2013. Viewing will be held at 10:00am followed by the Service at 11:00am.
Published in The Yuma Sun on Feb. 6, 2013