George Marvin Brown, 80, a resident of Stanwood, passed away at his home on April 10, 2014.
He was born on August 4, 1933 in Bellingham, Washington to George and Anna (Corcoran) Brown. He had one brother, Cecil, who was thirteen years older.
George grew up in Whatcom and Skagit County. He quit school in the tenth grade because he was making more money logging that his teachers made. What could they teach him, right?
George married Mary Jacobs in 1954 and they had five children together. In 1983, he and Linda were married in Mount Vernon and made their home on their rural Stanwood property. They have enjoyed many years of horseback riding and trail construction/maintenance with Backcountry Horsemen. He volunteered hundreds of hours on his tractor and with a chainsaw or weed eater for which he received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. He was also a tremendous support to competitive trail rides.
He was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he spent just under two years.
George was a construction pipefitter with Local #26 for 48 years, working at refineries, pulp mills, Boeing and many other projects.
George was a member of the Fidalgo Lodge #77, F. & A. M. in Anacortes where he served as Master in 2013. His project for the year was the ‘Bikes for Books’ program that the lodge supports. He was also a member of the Skagit Shrine Club and the NRA. He was an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks, preferring to watch the games on TV from the comfort of his recliner. He was so excited that they won the Super Bowl even though he had to watch it on a tiny TV at the hospital. He enjoyed hunting and made several special trips with his son and grandson over the last few years. He also loved to watch grandson, Mack, race at Skagit Speedway and was in the grandstands for most of his races. He will continue to support Mack from his place of honor on the race car.
George is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Doug (Tena) Brown of Sedro-Woolley, Theresa (Tony) DenHartog of Bellingham, Elizabeth (Gary) Haeck of Longview and Jessie (Christal) Brown of Anacortes. He is also survived by Linda’s children, Cindy Grenier of Lyman, Michael (LaVonna) Neumiller of Illinois, Gary (Tammy) Hale of Mt. Vernon, and Eric Hale of Everett. He is also survived by numerous beloved grandchildren (we stopped counting at 20) and great grandchildren (four more to be born this year). He is also survived by his dog, Chance. George was greatly loved by a large family and an even larger body of friends from life, Backcountry Horsemen, Masonic Lodge, his construction brothers and sisters (in his union and others). He will be greatly missed.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his son, Les Brown.
The memorial service will be at 11:00AM on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Plumber’s and Pipefitter’s Union Hall, 780 Chrysler Dr., Burlington, WA (West end of George Hopper Rd.) with the Fidalgo Lodge #77 presiding and Military Honors. A potluck meal and fellowship will follow. Memorials can be made to ‘Bikes for Books’, Fidalgo Lodge #77, 1019 8th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221; or to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital-Spokane, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital-Portland, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239-3009.