Fred Brown expired (his term) on January 14, 2018 at the age of 88.
He was born to Savery “Ben” and Helen Brown on June 25, 1929 in Oakland, California. When he was 12 years of age, Fred worked making ice cream for Blake Ice Cream in downtown Sacramento. This activity developed in him a lifelong love for working in refrigeration. In 1945, the family moved to Gridley, California where Fred attended high school, played sports, hunted, fished, and spent time with his buddies Tom Ferguson, Jack Sherman, and Gerald Slagle pulling pranks, like putting limburger cheese on the radiators of cars.
After high school Fred attended college in Modesto, California before moving to Jackson, California, where he met and married Carole Lee. In 1963, Fred returned to Gridley as a Region 2 California Fish and Game Warden. For the next 25 years he served as man who was both feared and revered for his position. In the end, most considered him always to be fair. Fred’s love of tinkering and working in refrigeration continued during this time. In 1971 he began providing refrigeration services to the community. When he retired from the state, this became his full-time activity. He provided services to many of the commercial businesses as well as individuals. During the hot summers of Gridley, it was common for him to repair an air conditioner for a senior in exchange for a lug of peaches or a sack of corn and tomatoes.
In 1990 Fred acquired property outside the City of Eureka in northwestern Montana. Fred restarted his refrigeration business in this community and faithfully provided his services through 2017 when he retired at the age of 87. Fred loved the new community and the land on which he and his first wife, Carole, built their home. He spent many hours making his yard into an area resembling a park. He lived here until his death. Fred loved tinkering and inventing, everything outdoors, photography, genealogy, and learning about computers.
Fred was a family man. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When each of his grandchildren was born, he assigned them a special nickname that he affectionately used even into adulthood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Savery and Helen; wives, Carole and Trudy; daughter, Laurie Brown Johnson; and grandson, Joshua Hummel.
He leaves behind two brothers: Rollin (Judy) and Rod (Martha); brother-in-law, Bill Sunday; four children: Cindy, Kevin (Roberta) (estranged), David (Kyle), and Cheri (estranged); eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Eureka Montana with private interment in the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.