Theodore Gerald “Jerry” Brown passed away Feb. 27 at Ashley Manor in Burns.
Brown was born Aug. 16, 1938, in Redding, California, to Theodore and Pearl (Simmons) Brown. He was the fourth of six children with three older sisters and two younger sisters.
He graduated from Shasta High School in 1956 and went to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. In 1957, he married Ann Bosworth, and they had three children, Theodore Greg, Brenda Ann and Terry George. When he wasn’t working for Pacific, he worked for his father-in-law on his ranch outside of Burney, California. Later he worked for Citizens Utilities, an independent telephone company. He worked out of the Burney, Susanville and Elk Grove, California, districts. While working in Elk Grove he met his second wife, Sandra, and they were married on Aug. 1, 1981.
Brown’s lifelong dream was to own and operate a cattle ranch. In April of 1990 that dream became a reality when he purchased a ranch in Izee. He lived and ranched there for 21 years. His love of hunting deer, elk and fishing in his lake on the ranch were added bonuses.
In 2011, the couple sold the ranch. Then in 2013 they moved to the Burns area. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with Capgras syndrome and Lewy body dementia and a year later with Alzheimer’s.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Burns; sons Greg of Sacramento, California, and Terry of Banks; daughter Brenda (Chuck) Robertson of Anderson, California; stepdaughter Amanda (Clinton) Tyler of Burns; siblings Vecy McDonald of Redding, California, and Gladys Berens of Mesa, Arizona; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Crawford and great-grandson Theodore Gadge.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. March 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns, followed by a graveside service and then a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harney County Hospice and/or Holy Family Catholic Church.