1927 - March 3, 2008
Charles L. Brown, Jr., died March 3, 2008 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 80 years old.
Charlie was born May 20, 1927 in Altmont, Kansas to Charles L., Sr., and Gladys Brown. Charlie attended school and graduated from Independence High School in Independence, Kan. He married Marjorie Canady in April 1945. They had three children: Carol, Ron and Joe.
Charlie served in the United States Navy during World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. After his time in the service, Charlie moved to Rangely to work for Service Pipeline. He later transferred to the small community of Granger, Wyo. He then moved to Green River, Wyo., where he met and married Janis Haddox. Charlie and Janis had two more sons, Mike and Randy.
Charlie worked for Peter Kewitt from 1966 to 1973, transferring with the company to different locations in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. While with Kewitt, Charlie was a crane operator, welder and mechanic. Charlie and Janis moved to Craig in 1973, and had lived there ever since. He began working for Quillen Construction and then Koch Oil Company. He later helped with the construction of the Craig Power Plant before beginning work with Trapper Mining Company in 1978. Charlie retired from Trapper Mine in 1992.
The Oddfellows Lodge was a very important part of Charlie's Life. He had been a member of the Oddfellows for 55 years and was a fourth generation Oddfellow.
Charlie enjoyed team roping and belonged to the Craig Roping Club and Maybell Rodeo Club. Charlie and several of his close friends established the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo in 1976.
After retirement, Charlie and Janis went on their dream vacation of touring Alaska. They toured Alaska for about three months. They enjoyed trips to several different states and even to Jamaica. Some of their greatest trips were their trips to visit family and friends throughout the country.
The most important part of Charlie's life was his family. Especially the last several years as his health was deteriorating, Charlie loved having his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all the kids get together and reminisce about the past and watch the younger children play together. In fact, last May, all his family came together to celebrate his 80th birthday.
A memorial service took place March 8 with Oscar King officiating. Bub Mock read the eulogy and Ray Cartwright sang, "Beyond the Sunset." Honorary pallbearers were Charlie's grandchildren.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, sister Collen McKain, and grandson Rodney.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Janis; children Carol (Ralph) Stewart, of Craig; Ron (Dori) Brown, of Auburn, Kan., Joe (DeLaine) Brown, of Craig, Mike (Debbie) Brown, of Rifle, and Randy Brown, of Denver; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Moffat County Little Britches or the Museum of Northwest Colorado.