In memory of
Alan Eugene Brown
Alan Eugene Brown was born on April 11, 1915 and passed away on November 19, 2014 at the age of 99 in Laguna Woods, California. He died of natural causes and peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lenora ("Lee") Brown; four children, Douglas Brown, Victoria Mularz, Laura Metoudi and Yvonne Force Villareal; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Alan was also blessed with his three stepchildren, Richard Fichtner, Cristina Carbone and Jeffrey Fitchner, and their four children. He was also close to his two remaining siblings Martha Michel and Alice Moore.
Alan was born in Upland, Indiana, the second of five children. In spirit he goes to join his beloved parents, Dessie & Reverend Oral Carl Brown, and his two brothers, Ralph and Carl Brown. All five siblings had a unique upbringing while being raised for a number of years in "Peking" China as a result of their father's vocation as a Methodist Missionary. When Alan returned to the United States he attended College and then proudly served in the Army of the United States Military as Warrant Officer Junior Grade during World War II from May 1943 through January 1946.
After the war, Alan went on to have a long career in advertising. He worked for Bell Laboratories as a Vice President in Advertising, and in1972 co-founded the advertising newspaper, The Staten Islander, with Lee. They ran the successful business together for twenty-one years until 1993. Alan was on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels and a member of The Rotary in Staten Island. In 1993, they retired to Damariscotta, Maine, where Alan had spent many happy decades vacationing with his family. In 1998 the couple moved to Laguna Woods.
Alan had a deep love and respect for art, and made stunning watercolors and oil paintings of many subjects including his favorite sites in Maine, such as Back Cove, New Harbor and Pemaquid Point. He continued his art practice throughout his life. The legacy of hundreds of his artworks will be enjoyed by his family and friends for generations to come. The most beautiful traits in Alan are reflected in his ability to create art embodying sensitivity, elegance and insight.
Alan and Lee were both avid golfers and won many tournaments. One year together they were awarded the Men's and Women's Championship at Richmond County Country Club in Staten Island. Chess was another passion, and right up to his 99th year he enjoyed the game for both its intellectual strategies and contemplative facets. Alan was President of the Chess Club in Laguna Woods for several years. When not active playing the game with a partner he practiced against himself. His grandson, Cuatro, tried repeatedly on visits to beat him but his Grandpa Brown remained the winner. Lee and Alan enjoyed traveling and seeing beautiful places. They took their family on many cruises in the Caribbean and Virgin Islands, traveled to Haiti to visit his brother Carl, and even made it back to mainland China where he also visited his daughter Laura who resides in Hong Kong.
Lee, Laura and Yvonne had started to plan Alan's 100th birthday and even had a banquet room reserved at the 19th Hole Club House reserved for a celebratory family reunion. It is within our hearts that we will remember Alan this year on his centennial. In their father's memory, his daughters selected a passage from the Book of Psalms, Chapter 100.
A Psalm of thanksgiving. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God; it is he who made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful to him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his loving kindness is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures to all generations.
Private memorial services will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California.
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