Adrian L. (Brownie) Brown (1929 - 2015)

Adrian L. "Brownie" Brown, USN (Ret.) passed quietly June 6, 2015 at son's home in St. Ignatius, MT, at age 86. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, 5:00-9:00PM at daughter’s home; 1756 E. Avon Circle, Hayden Lake, ID 83835.

Eldest of seven children. Born Feb. 23, 1929 on their family homestead 8mi S of Jordan, MT, at Sand Creek. Preceded in death by parents Ira & Minnie (Milroy) Brown of Jordan, MT, and brother’s William I. & Fredrick N. Brown. As a young man he worked on the families Hat X, Milroy & McKerlick ranches. At 17 he joined the Navy, completed his education in the military and rose to rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He shared great memories aboard the USS Thomas E. Fraser, USS Suribachi, and USS Waddell. Forty Knots and No Smoke! In 1950, while on shore leave in Milwaukee, Adrian met and then married wife of 65 years, Faith (McCullough) Brown. It was love at first sight. The feisty blonde bombshell and strong handsome Navy man were a striking pair.

Adrian later joined the U.S. Navy’s Nemesis program, a secretive brain trust of engineers, scientists & trouble-shooters who keep the Navy's most sophisticated weaponry prepared for war. Adrian was secretly transported around the globe to ferret computer glitches & malfunctions of shipboard guns, radar, missile-guidance controls or launchers. Eventually, Adrian decided he was too old to be dropped in warzones from helicopter baskets onto decks of destroyers during rough seas and entered civilian life to open his own business “Brown’s Automotive & Machine Shop” in Mountain Home Village, CA. There, they threw many memorable & great shindigs w/hayrides, barn dancing, pit cooked burro & pig. Their home & hearts were always open. If you showed up at mealtime they would “throw another bean in the pot” and make you stay. After his 2nd retirement they built a home in Calimesa, CA. Adrian kept busy restoring classic cars, teaching evening adult automotive classes at Yucaipa High school and working as a construction project coordinator for his nephew Wayne Simmons in Yucaipa, CA. In 1995, Adrian & Faith retired to their acreage home in Pinehurst, ID, to be closer to children & grandchildren. After 10 yrs., Adrian & Faith sold that home and moved to Hayden Lake, ID, where they resided for 9-years.

Adrian was known for his passion for rebuilding and restoring classic cars. He was always working on a project in his garage along with admiring friends. Adrian never demanded respect, it was freely given. He was respected & loved by all that knew him. He was not only strong and intelligent, he was the kindest of men. Always there to help anyone in need. Adrian’s generosity, wisdom & warm consolation will forever be treasured and remembered by all. We are truly fortunate to have had him in our lives.

Survivors include: Wife; Faith (McCullough) Brown. Son; Gaylord “Ed” Brown & wife Pamela S. Daughter; Pamela J. Jank & husband Tim. Five grandchildren; Mathew Brown, Jocelyn Bucholtz, Brandon Jank, Allison (Jank) Williams & Travis Jank. Great-grandchild; Brooklyn Bucholtz. His brothers; Sterling & Harold Brown. Sisters; Margaret Cremer & Delpha Wood. Nieces & Nephews; Amy (Vesley) & Wayne Simmons, Kim, Robert, Michael, Mark, Miles & Monte McCullough, Shelly Lindsey, Jacque Gregg, Cathy Cremer, Brenda Hopkins, Brian Wood, Linda Lenar, Randolph Paterson.

Condolences, Photos, Anecdotes & Memories for "Celebration of Life" can be sent to family via daughter Pam Jank, 1756 E. Avon Circle, Hayden, ID 83835 or
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I’m very sad to let you know that my beloved father "Brownie" Adrian L. Brown passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday. He would have loved joining all of you at the reunion.

If anyone has any Memories and/or Photos they could share for the DVD video of his life I am putting together, it would be greatly appreciated.

Celebration of His Life will be held at 5:00PM on June 20th, 2015 in Hayden Lake, ID where he resided for the past 20 years. Celebration is being held at my home: 1756 E. Avon Ave, Hayden Lake, ID 83835

Warmest Regards,
Pam Jank (His Daughter)