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DOWNEY – Charles Franklin Brown passed away on July 29 in Downey.
He was born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 25, 1918 to Charles Franklin Brown and Almeda Perry. He received his early education in Brigham City and later moved to Logan where he graduated from Logan High School in 1937.
He continued his education at Utah State University, graduating in May of 1941 with a degree in civil engineering. That was an eventful month – he married his high school sweetheart, Mabel Bott, they graduated and he accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was ordered to active duty with the regular army for one year, but that one year stretched into five. He was assigned to Air Force Headquarters of the 507th fighter group as an anti-aircraft specialist when they received word that Japan had surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945.
The family, which now included daughter Linda, moved to Southern California after the war where Charles began a career with the Southern California Gas Company. He eventually became superintendent of distribution for the southeast division located in Downey. He retired in 1986.
Charles was an active member of the LDS church and was a baritone with the Southern California Mormon Choir and William Hall Chorale. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Mormon Choir in 2008.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Almeda (Wallace) Christensen and May (Russell) Heiner; and brothers, Elliott (Elynor) and Bert (Jean).
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mabel, and their daughter, Linda (Richard) Allen, five grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Downey. Interment will be at Logan City Cemetery in Logan, Utah.
Published: August 09, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 17