GAROLD BROWN 12-6-1920 to 1-7-2016 Gary Brown was born in Bonesteel, South Dakota, to Veryl and Twinkle Brown. His youth was spent mostly in Nebraska, where he worked on his grandfather’s farm and helped with running the restaurant his parents owned. He told of churning the crank to make ice cream, and driving a wagon carrying fresh watermelons to the farm hands. Gary rode a horse to school and he always said, “Nebraska boys are tough”, and that he was. He played hard and worked hard. He rode a motorcycle around the death-defying barrel at the fair, and he started working for the Pacific Telephone Company as a teenager in the mail room. Gary worked his way up through the ranks and retired as an administrator. He bowled and played cribbage competitively. While on leave from the Navy in 1944, he met Mary Jane Hays, a pediatric nurse, who was working in Pasadena, California at the time. Gary told his mother the night he met Janie, that she was the one he would marry. They married 3 months later, and were a week shy of their 70th anniversary when Janie passed away. Gary slipped away surrounded by family and will be missed by his son, Douglas Brown (Karin), his daughter Deborah Lindberg (Thomas), grandchildren, Eli, Colby, Callie and Arley, as well as many other friends with whom he worked and played. At Gary’s request, there will be no service.
Published in Paradise Post on Jan. 23, 2016