Oregon City, Oregon
Gerald "Jerry" Brown was born September 18, 1925, in Saskatchewan, Canada to Viola and Wilfred Brown. His parents were wheat farmers by trade. In 1939, the family packed their belongings and made the journey to the United States. Moving to Portland, Oregon, and then eventually settling in Oregon City.
At fifteen, Jerry attended Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated in 1943. Immediately after finishing high school, at the height of World War II, Jerry enlisted in the United States Navy as a machinist mate on a Cimarron-class fleet oiler ship called the USS CALIENTE. He served in the South Pacific theater. They were involved in operations in the Philippines and were some of the first United States military personnel to physically set foot on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bombing.
After World War II, Jerry was honorably discharged and returned to Oregon. There he met his soon-to-be wife, Lorraine Gustafson. They married in Portland, Oregon at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church, on July 14, 1950. Jerry came to know the Lord at the age of twenty four, and was baptized in the same church they were married in. The honeymoon didn't last long, Jerry, once again was called to serve his country in the Korean War. With his new bride at his side, together they moved to San Diego, California, where he was assigned to the USS SKAGIT. Due to an illness in the family, he was called home and again was honorably discharged in October of 1951. After returning from his service in the Navy, Jerry and Lorraine moved back to Portland, Oregon. While working in the steel fabrication industry, Jerry attended night classes for drafting at Benson Polytechnic School. After completing his vocational training, Jerry worked as a draftsman and later as an estimator at Fought and Company in Tigard, Oregon for thirty years.
Jerry's life was marked with simplicity, from a simple beginning to a simple ending. It was this simplicity that we learned to value and appreciate the most. Dad loved fishing, be it in his canoe on a remote lake, or salmon fishing in the Pacific Ocean. Another passion was playing golf, although he rarely found the time. Square dancing was another activity he often shared with his wife. His favorite pastime was playing cards or dominos with his family and friends, around the kitchen table. It was during these simple encounters that eternal friendships were made and lives forever changed.
It was often said, Jerry was a man of few words. As a considerate and humble man, he let others express their thoughts. As we look for words to succinctly describe who this man was, for those closest to him, it would undoubtedly be the word "love".
Jerry is survived by his wife Lorraine, four children: Kenneth, Geraldine, David, and Dennis, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Charitable donations may be made in Gerald's memory to the following organization:
Wounded Warrior Project