1933 – 2014
A friend to many with beautiful blue eyes that provided a precious window into his magnificent soul.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend returned to our Heavenly Father on August 2, 2014 after courageously enduring the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Charles was born on July 3, 1933 to Winfred C. "W.C." Brown and Christine J. Castro Brown in Clovis, California. His family ranched in Clovis prior to moving to Cambria, California. As a devoted reader, each year of elementary school, Charles received certificates for going beyond the required goal of the school’s home reading program. He graduated from Garfield Elementary School in 1947. Charles attended Coast Union High School where he excelled in football and was graduated with the Class of 1951. The family eventually settled in Morro Bay, California where they owned and operated Brown’s Tackle Shop, Brown’s Landing, and Brown’s Oyster Farm at the embarcadero.
In 1953 Charles was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served in Korea during the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the 38th parallel north. Charles was recognized for his marksmanship precision and participated on the pistol shooting team. At Fort Ord, CA he served as a firearm instructor. Before being honorably discharged in 1957 Charles was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the ROK Presidential Unit Citation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and he was recognized as an outstanding leader.
Charles was entrusted by the Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard to receive the United States Coast Guard License to operate motor boats in 1956 at the Port of San Francisco. He captained the family’s sport fishing boats, “The Fresno” and “The Falcon” upon the Pacific Ocean and was licensed to operate between Point Sur and Point Arguello, including the Farallon Islands.
Marriage and family became a priority of his. On September 12, 1957 Charles married Frances M. Gamble in Visalia, California. They made their first home in Morro Bay. Their love and devotion to each other is a bond that is promised to last beyond this mortal lifetime. They welcomed and loved their children and taught them the significance and priority of God, family, and country, which included the refining attributes and characteristics of love, loyalty and hard work.
The family moved to Taft, CA in 1965 and Charles began working for Standard Oil Co. He retired as a lead mechanic in the Cymric Area in 1988. In 2011 the family relocated to Bakersfield, CA.
Charles enjoyed life membership in the National Rifle Association, the California Pistol and Rifle Association, the Kern Retriever Club, and the Taft Sportsmen’s Club. Charles enjoyed sharing the total sportsman experience with both the young and the old – the novice and the experienced in the field. Before returning to the main camp he would sometimes harvest wild berries and onions from the field. With Frances, he prepared the finest camp suppers after fishing and elk hunting in colorful Colorado. At the end of the day he enjoyed reflecting with his family and friends of all the beauty from the flora and fauna of God’s creations in nature.
Charles is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Marie, his daughter, Theresa Rochelle (Brian) Crane of Bakersfield, and his son, Charles Philip Brown, Jr. (Teresa) of Montrose, CO. He has four grandchildren, Erin Marie Crane Ramos (Michael) of Bakersfield, Joshua Philip Brown of Lone Grove, OK, Jessica Lynn Brown of Georgia, and Vanessa Marie Duncan of Bakersfield. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Kirsten, Trinity, and Kyler Brown and Hailey and Jacob Duncan; two sisters, Barbara A. Seale of Taft and Helen M. Battles of Tulare, CA, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an older brother, Jack D. Brown, and a younger sister, Clara J. Brown; his mother and father-in-law, Clyde L. and Grace L. Gamble, and his brothers-in-law.
Charles was loved and cared for in his home by his devoted wife, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. He was also loved by his faithful Labrador Retriever, Shadow Marie, who was a companion and protector.
The family offers special thanks to Bishop Carl W. Henderson, Brother Allen Luthi, Brother Kevin Stiles, Brother Paul Blake; Relief Society President, Sister Kristi Aunai, visiting teachers, caring ward members, good friends, neighbors, and his outstanding health care team. Much gratitude is given to his special physician, Stephen T. Strategos, M.D., kind nurse, Richie, loving physical therapist, Paula, and others who spent time with him.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M.. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brimhall Ward, 601 Deseret Way, Bakersfield, CA.
Interment with full military rites will follow at the Porterville Cemetery, 1013 E. Olive Ave., Porterville, CA at 2:00 P.M.
"The acceptance of the reality that we are in the Lord's loving hands is only a recognition that we have never really been anywhere else." -- Neil A. Maxwell
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Whitehurst Peters Loyd Funeral Service, Porterville, CA