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Clarence H. Brown

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Clarence H. Brown In Memoriam
December 29, 1948 - June 23, 2015 Clarence H. Brown was found dead on his kitchen floor in his Compton home by a long time neighbor on June 23, 2015. It was later determined that he had died of natural causes. Clarence was born to Connie Mae (Washington) Brown and Leonard Houston Brown in San Pedro, CA. He was predeceased by his parents, his much loved grandmother Nora (Clem) Washington and both his brothers: Eugene Brown and Bernard Brown. He is survived by his sisters-in-law LaTanya and Helen and his nieces Vianca, D'Ette, and Tia and nephews Eugene Jr. (Gino) and Raymond and their children and grandchildren. He also leaves behind at least 40 first cousins as well as former wives Gina, Debra and Lucy. Clarence graduated from Compton's Centennial High School in 1967 and Compton Junior College in 1978. He began an apprenticeship as a machinist at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard but ended up switching to HVAC because he was seriously allergic to machine oil. He went on to work for many years installing air-conditioning in many of the tallest buildings in L.A. He was proud to have helped build Staples Center, where his name is listed in the Lobby along with the others who worked on the center's construction. Early retirement was probably the best thing he ever did for himself. He loved to travel, especially by car, so that he could visit friends and relatives all over the South. He was active in planning family reunions on both sides of the family as well as those of the class of '67. Perhaps his greatest love was deep sea-fishing with a bunch of his buddies in the Gulf of California. Truly, he was a man who enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family, whether in his Compton home or on the road. You could drop by his house and rest assured that the major sport of the day was on the big screen and, failing that, there was always Bid Whist or dominoes to be played, both of which he excelled at. Clarence, your sudden and totally unexpected death has left us all dazed and confused and without the glue that kept so many people from so many worlds connected through you. Only now do we know that you were truly one of a kind. We will mourn your loss for all our days.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 23, 2016
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