Obituary for John Brown
JOHN HENRY BROWN, PhD.
Meridian, Idaho — John Henry Brown, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017. John was a resident of Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village in Meridian with his wife of 70 years, Marguerite Helen Brown. He leaves his wife and three children – Wendi Johnson and husband Ron of Eagle, Lauren Slette and husband Mike of Boise, and David Brown and wife Andreia of Puyallup, Washington. In addition, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren were all fortunate to have spent significant time with John over the previous few months. John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Charles Francis Brown and James Robert Brown.
Born November 4, 1924 and raised in Michigan, the son of Charles and Floy Brown, he grew up in Vicksburg, Michigan, where he met his bride to be in the 10th grade at Vicksburg High School, emerging as the victor of several others who competed for that privilege.
John’s life was one of many achievements. In his early years, as part of the greatest generation, he piloted aircraft from carriers in the Pacific theater for the Navy during World War II. He flew many different aircraft, including his favorite machine, the venerable and effective Corsair. One of his final flight assignments was as part of the squadron flying cover for the ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri, which ended the war in the Pacific. A great source of happiness and pride for John was that he was able to contribute some of his war memorabilia to the Warhawk Air Museum, where together with other members of the WWII Kilroy Group, he shared many of his experiences with family members and friends.
Returning from the war, John pursued a career in wood science technology following undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD doctoral degree from Syracuse University. His career took him westward to the forests of the Pacific Northwest where he lived for nearly 60 years. John’s work focused on research and development of wood based products, and optimization of our precious forest resources. His accomplishments include serving as President of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
John’s second love was of the game of golf. Beyond developing lifelong golfing buddies in Lewiston and later in Meridian, the friendships he and Marguerite made in their golf took them to many beautiful places with their group of golfing couples. His favorite part of the game was teaching his son, and later his grandsons, the proper way to play the game – with integrity and etiquette above all else. John was fortunate enough to still play until he was 90 years old.
John and Marguerite were lifelong members of the Methodist Church.
John’s family will attend a special celebration conducted by the United States Veterans Administration at the Boise Veterans Cemetery where John will be inurned. The family invites friends to celebrate John’s life with them at Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village in Meridian on Sunday, May7, from 2-4pm. For more information, and to share your thoughts and memories, please visit John’s memorial website at www.summersfuneral.com.
The family requests that if you would like to make a donation on John’s behalf, his preferred charity would be the Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Way, Nampa, ID 83687.