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Published on September 6, 2018 12:01AM

George Brown

George Brown


Dec. 6, 1933 — Aug. 12, 2018

George Delano Brown passed away with lung cancer on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

He was born Dec. 6, 1933, in Picher, Oklahoma, to George Henry Brown and Ruby Jane Frie Brown. The first in a set of triplets, he was named for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the second triplet was named Ellsworth Murray Brown, named for Gov. W. H. Murray, of Oklahoma; and the third triplet was Thomas Commons Brown, named for state Sen. A. L. Commons, of Miami, Oklahoma. He had four older siblings, William (Bill) Corbus, Chloe (Brown) Willis, Fern (Brown) Martin and Margaret (Brown) Leydig.

When he was 3, the family moved to Newberg, Oregon. He attended a one-room school with students 5 to 8 years old. The family moved to Hoquiam, Washington, and he graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1952.

He married Ida May Hurley; they later divorced. George raised their four daughters, Donna May (Brown) Morehead (James), of Newberg, Oregon, Martha Ann (Brown) Hunter, of Turner, Oregon, Rebecca (Becky) Brown, of Portland, Oregon, and Margaret Sue Brown, of Dallas, Oregon.

George worked for a sawmill in Hoquiam until it closed down in 1974. He moved back to Newberg with his daughters. He worked for an iron and steel foundry in Tigard, Oregon, for 22 years, retiring in 1996.

In 1969, in Hillsboro, Oregon, he married Carole Ann (Bass) Brown of Portland, Oregon. They moved to Warrenton, Oregon, in 2000.

He was a very generous man. He enjoyed preparing meals for family and friend functions. Oh, those homemade yeast rolls and chocolate chip cookies. He also enjoyed classic and antique car auctions, and loved being on the beach clam digging.

He is survived by his wife, Carole Ann Brown; and daughters, Donna Morehead (James), of Newberg, Oregon, Martha Hunter, of Turner, Oregon, Rebecca (Becky) Brown, of Portland, Oregon, and Margaret Brown, of Dallas, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ellsworth Brown, who died as an infant; his half-brother, William Corbus; and his sisters, Chloe Willis, Fern Martin and Margaret Leydig.

His body was donated to MedCure in Portland, Oregon.

A potluck celebration of life will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St. in Warrenton, Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.


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