On July 17, 2004, in Seaside, OR at a family reunion of approximately 40 family members, John Brown passed away peacefully due to heart failure. The Oregon Coast was one of John's favorite places throughout his life. Family and friends were the most important part of his life.
John was a fullback on the football team and catcher for the baseball team at Vernonia High School. He graduated from Vernonia High School in 1950. He proposed to Bobbie Cochran at the Astoria Column in the spring of 1950. They were married in Vernonia on August 27th, 1950.
John worked for and retired from the Portland Schools District as a custodian and spent many years teaching custodial techniques. He loved singing and was a member of the Columbian-Aires Barbershop group in Vancouver, WA for many years. Family birthday celebrations could never get started until Gramps led the singing. Cribbage was a game John enjoyed playing often and he taught the younger generations to play as well, just to make sure he always had someone to play. On hunting trips near Fossil Oregon, John had his lucky rock and everyone knew it as "John's Rock". John was known as the "Mayor of the Mall" by the many walkers he spent mornings with at Clackamas Town Center.
John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bobbie; sisters Barbara Hanon of Federal Way, WA, Joanne Michael of Salem, OR & Nancy Foley of Yakima, WA; a brother Pastor Dan Brown of Canby, OR; daughters Colleen Estlick of Vancouver, WA & Chris Lane of Milwaukie, OR; sons Mike Brown of Oregon City, OR & Mark Brown of Portland, OR; grandchildren are Eric, Jeremy, Misty, John, Gina, Jenny, Michelle & Tiffany. He also had 10 great-grandchildren who knew him as G- Papa.
There was a celebration of John's life at North Clackamas Park on Saturday, September 4th, 2004 attended by many friends and family members.