Alan Eugene Brown

  • Born: April 11, 1915
  • Died: November 19, 2014
  • Location: Laguna Woods, California

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Alan Eugene Brown was born on April 11, 1915 and passed away on November 19, 2014 at the age of 99 in Laguna Woods, California. He died of natural causes and peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lenora ("Lee") Brown; four children, Douglas Brown, Victoria Mularz, Laura Metoudi and Yvonne Force Villareal; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Alan was also blessed with his three stepchildren, Richard Fichtner, Cristina Carbone and Jeffrey Fitchner, and their four children. He was also close to his two remaining siblings Martha Michel and Alice Moore.

Alan was born in Upland, Indiana, the second of five children. In spirit he goes to join his beloved parents, Dessie & Reverend Oral Carl Brown, and his two brothers, Ralph and Carl Brown. All five siblings had a unique upbringing while being raised for a number of years in "Peking" China as a result of their father's vocation as a Methodist Missionary. When Alan returned to the United States he attended College and then proudly served in the Army of the United States Military as Warrant Officer Junior Grade during World War II from May 1943 through January 1946.

After the war, Alan went on to have a long career in advertising. He worked for Bell Laboratories as a Vice President in Advertising, and in1972 co-founded the advertising newspaper, The Staten Islander, with Lee. They ran the successful business together for twenty-one years until 1993. Alan was on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels and a member of The Rotary in Staten Island. In 1993, they retired to Damariscotta, Maine, where Alan had spent many happy decades vacationing with his family. In 1998 the couple moved to Laguna Woods.

Alan had a deep love and respect for art, and made stunning watercolors and oil paintings of many subjects including his favorite sites in Maine, such as Back Cove, New Harbor and Pemaquid Point. He continued his art practice throughout his life. The legacy of hundreds of his artworks will be enjoyed by his family and friends for generations to come. The most beautiful traits in Alan are reflected in his ability to create art embodying sensitivity, elegance and insight.

Alan and Lee were both avid golfers and won many tournaments. One year together they were awarded the Men's and Women's Championship at Richmond County Country Club in Staten Island. Chess was another passion, and right up to his 99th year he enjoyed the game for both its intellectual strategies and contemplative facets. Alan was President of the Chess Club in Laguna Woods for several years. When not active playing the game with a partner he practiced against himself. His grandson, Cuatro, tried repeatedly on visits to beat him but his Grandpa Brown remained the winner. Lee and Alan enjoyed traveling and seeing beautiful places. They took their family on many cruises in the Caribbean and Virgin Islands, traveled to Haiti to visit his brother Carl, and even made it back to mainland China where he also visited his daughter Laura who resides in Hong Kong.

Lee, Laura and Yvonne had started to plan Alan's 100th birthday and even had a banquet room reserved at the 19th Hole Club House reserved for a celebratory family reunion. It is within our hearts that we will remember Alan this year on his centennial. In their father's memory, his daughters selected a passage from the Book of Psalms, Chapter 100.

A Psalm of thanksgiving. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God; it is he who made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful to him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his loving kindness is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures to all generations.

Private memorial services will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I had always looked up to my grandfather as an exceptional super human. Someone who for his age, was impressively active both physically and mentally. My fondest memories are of Grandpa Brown guiding my sister and I through his raspberry field in Maine. We were supposed to pick berries for a pie or whatever it was he was going to cook up. Instead my sister and I thought the raspberrys were so delicious we ate almost every one we picked. He taught me how to play chess and entertained me with his stories of riding roller coasters in his 80s. Every single time I saw him he greeted me with his wife signature smile where we had long conversations about my life in Asia and his experiences growing up in China and moving to the US. I will always remember Grandpa Brown and all the great times we had on our family vacations in the States.

Posted by Daniel Metoudi - Grandson   November 18, 2015

Greetings to all the cousins and family! My brother Darryl and I enjoyed being with Alan and Lee in Maine at a family reunion, then again in FL. Uncle Alan always wanted me to play chess with him and 2x out of 15 games I made him think a little longer before he beat me. Life is certainly a gift from God none of us originated but by faith in God's Son Jesus can bring much joy and glory to God in all our relationships. I wish all the family God's love and comfort. Thank you for your notice and excellent plans. Carol and I send you our love. 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 New Testament

Posted by Rev. David A. Brown, EdD - Birmingham, AL - nephew (by O. Carl Brown, Jr.)   May 09, 2015

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What can I say, as a child I always knew Alan as my Grandfather. He always payed attention to me and was facinated by my life. He never treated me different from his blood family and I learned a great deal from him. He taught me the value of a good stratagy not just in Chess but life and of course he taught me how to get out of the Sand bunker better than anyone. As I grew older I came to truly understand and appreciate all he did to connect and be apart of my life. I will never forget him and I'm sure if there is Golf in heaven he is giving old St. Peter a run for it. Love you Grandpa rest well, you have earned it.

Posted by Aaron Fichtner - grandson   April 21, 2015

I worked alongside Alan for many years helping to start The Staten Islander Shopping Guide. He was a wonderfully patient art teacher and we painted together on location often. I learned more from him then any art class I took and an grateful for all he taught me about art, business...and even a little chess. Thank You Alan

Posted by Gwen Weaver    April 08, 2015

Dearest Dad, even though you no longer are with us in person we know you remain with us in spirit, and that you are watching over us from a higher place. You will be in our hearts as we think of you on what would have been your 100th birthday on April 11. Even as we sat with Dad at the board and care he talked about his birthday party and the planned family reunion. He said he probably couldn't have it at the golf club, but wanted to share it with the residents of the board and care, and his guests who would travel there to see him. This desire, determination, and unwillingness to give up - to fight on despite difficulties - truly was Dad's hallmark and one of his strongest qualities. The other was his untiring optimism that all would go well and according to plan. Some of my best memories of Dad are when I was younger, when we spent time together rock climbing in Maine, and painting in Maine or in the backyard of our home. Dad you spent a lot of time with me as a child and taught me to appreciate nature, art, school, education and many other things. Thank you for all you did for me and as a result for my family. We miss you. With love from your daughter Laura.

Posted by Laura Metoudi - Hong Kong - Daughter   April 02, 2015

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On the eve of Dad's centennial I feel grateful that my father passed with such dignity and that Laura, Lee and I were all there with him. He loved his siblings and we are so happy Aunt Martha and Aunt Alice were able to speak with him the eve of his departure. I am so appreciative of the love and respect he instilled in me for art. He sent me to Brooklyn Museum School when I was 16, then did everything he could to help me get into my dream college, The Rhode Island School of Design. He know that education was the key to so much and treated me to the very best which set the foundation for my life and career. My children miss their Grandpa Brown but what a blessing he lived long enough for them to have a relationship. We will miss you Dad. Happy Birthday!
Vonni

Posted by Yvonne Force Villareal - Daughter   March 29, 2015

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I wish I had more time with Grandpa Brown but I did cherish the time I did have with you.
Cuatro Brite Force Villareal

Posted by Cuatro Villareal - Grandson   March 29, 2015

I love you and I want to see you but your not here anymore so I will see you inside my heart.
Lux

Posted by Lux Force Villareal - NY, NY - Grandaughter   March 29, 2015