Irvin R. Brown was born on May 17, 1925 and died on May 1, 2022. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He was born in Eureka, CA to Roy and Anna Brown. He was one of seven children all of whom he outlived. He is survived by his two daughters Karen Sandvick of Santa Rosa CA, and Kathy Haynes of Glendale AZ and son Terry Brown of Durango CO. His extended family includes 3 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Irvin and his siblings moved from Eureka, CA to Ukiah, CA where he graduated from Ukiah Union High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp after graduation, where he served from 1943 to 1946 and trained in gunnery school for B-17 bombers. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Ukiah where he reunited with his high school sweetheart Patricia "Patsy" Foster. They married in September 1946.
Pat and "Irv" and their 3 children enjoyed driving trips all across the country. They especially loved the many State and National Parks they found all across the west. As his children grew, he enjoyed sharing his love of hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling with all of them. He later took up golf and coaxed Pat into learning as well.
They spent many wonderful trips traveling to golf courses across CA and other parts of the west. His wife Pat preceded him in death in November 1994.
His love of hunting led to a long history of competitive shooting. He shot on the Ukiah Smallbore Rifle Team from years 1957 to 1999 and had rooms full of trophies and plaques to show for it. His son Terry, joined him shooting on the team for many of those later years.
While working in Ukiah as the Deputy Director of the Mendocino County Public Works Department he trained extensively to acquire a private pilot's license.
After he retired from the public works department, he and Pat shared a love of traveling and this led to many years of RV outings. Even after Pat's passing he continued to travel extensively around the west until settling in Durango in 2007.
Through all his years of travel he acquired many friends and acquaintances that he continued to correspond with over the years. When he landed in Durango he quickly added to that list of close friends.
A celebration of life will be held on August 27, 2022 from 1-4pm at the home of Terry and Carolyn Brown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Department at https://flmfire.org or your local Red Cross chapter.