Harry C. Brown
1935 - 2021

Harry C. Brown


The family of Harry C. Brown is sad to announce his passing in the early hours of May 5, 2021 at the age of 85. Harry was born November 2, 1935 to Harry and Helen Brown in Hibbing, Minnesota. Although born in Minnesota he spent most of his life in California, moving there as a child. Harry joined the Air Force after high school where he was atop his recruiting class. After his service Harry graduated from Long Beach State University with a major in English. He went on to become a school teacher in the Napa school district for 26 years,, first at Silverado Junior High School then Napa High School. During part of his teaching years he was president of the Napa Valley Educators Association. There he helped settle the 1985 labor dispute between teachers and the Napa Valley Unified School District. Harry is survived by sons Timothy(Amy), David(Christi), Joel(Tamara) and Jeremy. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Timmy(Chelsea), William(Natalie), Merrik(Matt), Wyatt, Annika, Trevor, Allison, Noah, Olivia and Emery. He has 2 great-grandchildren, Adeline and Benny. Harry leaves behind a loving family who will forever keep his memories and teachings close to their hearts.

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Published by Napa Valley Register on May 13, 2021.
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Boys so sorry for your loss.
Barbara Gray
May 15, 2021
Mr. Brown was one of my favorite teachers ever! And when I saw him at Safeway about 40 years later he remembered me by name! He was such a nice man. Prayers for his family!
Brenda Sparks-Biederman
May 14, 2021
Harry was a wonderful colleague at Napa High. I enjoyed him very much and delighted in seeing him arou nd town in retirement.
Carol Dick
May 14, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Nancy O'Byrne
May 14, 2021
Mr. Brown was just in my heart a few days ago when I thought about looking for him to share my own love of being a high school English teacher. He was my journalism teacher at Napa High and I, fondly, remember the supportive and positive presence he shared with all his students. He influenced so many who carry his memory.
Laura Kelley-Weakley
May 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Fondly, Judith Pangborn
The Pangborn family
May 13, 2021
I was saddened to see the passing of Harry Brown. His impact on the Napa Valley Educators Association helped change the way we as an organization do business. In the trainings I do on negotiations I quote Mr. Brown, "The value of a healthy relationship between the administration and employees means we can all focus wholeheartedly on the students." Our organization is grateful for his pioneering spirit in labor relations. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
Gayle Young
May 13, 2021
The absolute best teacher I ever had. Mr. Brown was my English teacher at Silverado, and then when I went to Napa High I made sure to sign up and be in one of his English classes again. I was not much of a reader before I was in his English classes, but he turned me on to reading. Daily he would read to us in class, and in so doing made the books come alive. I am so grateful I was taught by this wonderful man. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
Leigh Anne Conklin
May 13, 2021
Mr. Brown was my 8th grade English teacher at Silverado. Years later I recently saw him and shook his hand and still out of respect called him Mr. Brown. He remembered me with a warm greeting and we talked for a time. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family during this very difficult time. He was the best and I have reflected on him fondly. Rest in peace Mr. Brown, you will always be remembered!
Roger Knapp
May 13, 2021