Earl Brown Obituary, 59-year-old, Earl Brown Has Died
- john Gibson
Earl Brown Obituary, Death – On April 15, Earl Brown, 59, died with family. Betty and Donald Brown had seven children in Gold Beach, Oregon. Yurok tribesman. He lived in Montana and Washington as a child but mostly in Del Norte County. Del Norte High School graduated him in 1982. In the summer of 1996, he joined the College of the Redwoods Del Norte.
After graduating with his AA, he proceeded to Humboldt State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics in December 2000. He drove from Smith River to Arcata many times a week to attend classes and spend evenings with his family. He returned to school to better support his family. Because he wanted to work with Tribal communities, he kept motivated in college.
He appreciated his vast family’s gatherings. Santa gave distributed all the gifts every Christmas. He cropped his hair after his sister Beth died. He enjoyed braided hair and crochet headgear. Earl enjoyed camping, fishing, and Klamath River gillnetting. On the Smith River, he snorkeled, swam, and jumped off rocks. Earl practiced Tolowa and Yurok. He enjoyed fishing camp with his family. He created drums from wood. He danced as a child and taught his children to do so.
His children learned early the value of education and culture. Earl told stories about his Yurok and Tolowa elders teaching him the old ways and language. Earl enjoyed 18 years of sheltering Yurok and Tolowa Tribal Citizens. He cleared the way for Dat-naa-svt Housing Village. He developed See-waa-dvn, Chit-xu mee-ne’, and the Elder housing behind Lucky 7 Casino. He liked rehabbing Tribal Citizen homes with his all-Tribal workforce.
Earl remembered attending a 1994 fairgrounds Merv George dance before his death. He saw a long-legged lady enter with his sister Rose and the rest is history. Earl loved Janelle and her 2- and 6-year-old daughters. He adopted Cara and Emily. Guschu was Earl and Janelle’s 1995 son. Their 2001 wedding was the party of the year. Their family lived in Smith River on the reservation until his death.
Earl was predeceased by his father Donald, father-in-law Mike, sister Beth, brother-in-law Les, Rayona, David, Uncle Ray, Uncle Eddie, Aunt Ethel Chase, and Aunt Veda McCovey. Earl leaves Betty, Phyllis, Janelle, Cara, Emily, and Guschu Brown. His granddaughters Annalena, Tee-me’, Marlee, and Willow survive him. His grandson Phoenix was his latest joy. Earl leaves his siblings Rose (Gary), Nieca, Arthena (Niano), Yvonne, Charlie, and Roy. Dawn (Dennis), his sister-in-law.