James Owen Brown grew up in Morrisville, Pennsylvania and helped on the family farm. He attended Pennsbury High School and played on the basketball team, developed life-long interests in photography and cars.
He graduated in 1951 and joined the U.S. Marine Reserves, serving from 1952-1956 while also working for the Philadelphia Electric Company. In 1956 James joined the U.S. Army and trained as a radio operator and classified as "expert" in Morse Code and as Marksman with a carbine. Received Good Conduct Award. After that Jim was stationed in Japan until 1959, and honorably discharged on return to the United States.
Through friends in the military he met Margaret (Peg) Mullan early in 1960; a whirlwind courtship saw them married before the end of the year. The adventure of their together started with combining a honeymoon with a move across the continent to California with everything they could carry in an MGA.
Jim and Peg found jobs at various locations and settled in the South San Francisco Bay Area. Between being employed at Philco, Prudential Insurance, Owens Corning, and Fuller Brush, Jim enjoyed (stock) car racing and 4-wheel driving excursions with the San Jose Mt. Goats Club.
He joined a start up company, Acoust-Lite, and was an integral part of its growing success for the next 20 years.
With their young family, Jim and Peg moved to San Carlos, California, where they became involved in church, school, and community life. To get away from perpetual work on their "fixer-upper" home, they enjoyed camping and sail boating together. Jim became an avid and proficient golfer. He took up running, completing several races including the Bay-to- Breakers, the Oakland Marathon and the San Francisco Marathon.
Jim was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, and served in a number of roles. He revived his interest in photography and enjoyed capturing the beauty of the scenery throughout the country, and passed these skills along to his son Steve.
Jim was able to retire in 1989, but did not stop working: he bought property in Pescadero, California, where he and Peg started a Christmas tree farm, while enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean. Jim also made brief, season appearances as Santa Claus at local shopping malls.
The Browns moved further North, to the town of Groveland just outside of Yosemite. They bought an R.V. and traveled around the country as well as visits to their tree farm. They visited England, Spain, Ireland and to the Holy Land.
In 1992 Jim and Peg relocated to Sequim. They were among the founding members of the Sequim Lavender Growers Association, and set up Creekside Flowers. They joined Sequim Bible Church and were actively involved in many capacities. Jim was an active member of the local camp of the Gideons and a member of the Peninsula Golf Club for many years as well.
Jim and Peg retired from lavender farming, and traveled widely in their motor home making new friends and visiting old ones.
Jim lost his beloved wife and partner of 54 years in 2014 when she went home to be with the Lord. He maintained her garden as well as his interest in photography, wrangling with his computer, reading, fellowship and Bible study and work with Gideons International right up to his last week of life on earth.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Catherine, son-in- law, Lawrence, granddaughter Abigail, and grandson Owen. Also by his son, Steven, daughter-in- law, Stephanie, grandsons Alexander and Brandon, and great-granddaughter Lily.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and remembered for his integrity, strength of character, generosity, story-telling ability, laconic humor, hearty laugh, and loyal loving nature.
A memorial service has not yet been scheduled, but one will be held in Sequim.