Burton B. Brown died May 30 at his home in Nevada City, surrounded by the love of his family. He was 80.
In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. A family gathering to honor and celebrate his life will be held at a later date.
Mr. Brown was born in Chico to Clarence Melvin Brown and Sarah Ellen Brown. He grew up in El Cerrito, served in the South Pacific in the Merchant Marine, married Gudrun Cummins in 1948 and had two sons. After Gudrun’s death in 1959, he met and married Vilma Simpson in 1961 and the family expanded to three more sons and a daughter.
Mr. Brown enjoyed square dancing, playing the piano, and reading about history. He was quite adept at remodeling houses, refinishing furniture and discussing politics with whoever would listen. He never knew a stranger. He was a regional salesman for Kelly Moore Paint Company. After retirement, he and his wife operated a pig farm in North San Juan. They enjoyed traveling by motor home all throughout Mexico.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Vilma; sons and daughters-in-law Stephen and Gail Brown, Norman and Pak Brown, and Larry and Becky Simpson; son, Kevin Brown and Kim; son, Alan Simpson; daughter, Eileen Valdez Woods; grandchildren Christina Werblow and grandson-in-law Bobby McKnight, Chrissy and grandson-in-law Kelly Bennett, Seth Simpson, Jason Brown, Todd Brown, John Brown, Riane Woods and Susan Brown; his greatest joy in life, great-granddaughters Mia McKnight and Teagan Bennett; brothers Dave Brown and C.M. Brown; sister, Bernice Milne, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Melvin Brown and Sarah Ellen Brown; brother, Ronald Brown and sister, Veda Folden.
Memorial donations may be made to Sierra Services for the Blind or Hospice of the Foothills.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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