Don Brewer |

Don Brewer

J. “Don” Brewer died peacefully Oct. 15 at home in Nevada City with his family by his side. He was 78.

There will be private services at a later date.

Don was born on June 23, 1932, in Long Beach, Calif., to Earl and Pearl Brewer.

After attending Wilson High School, he became a proud United States Marine and served during the Korean War from 1950-54.

In 1966, he married Audrey Thompson and became “Dad” to her five children. The family moved to Nevada City in 1971.

Don retired from the construction industry but never retired from searching for antiques. Don spent most weekends “yard selling” with “Fast Eddie” at his side.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; children, Robert Thompson Brewer, Tyler Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Dana Aplington and Holly Mancino; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Brumm.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Brewer; and twin sister, Esther Smith.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to hospice or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Grass Valley.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User