Dave Brown
(1939 - 2010)

Dave Brown

January 25, 1939

October 8, 2010

David Lee Brown, 71, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. He was born in Pasadena, Calif., graduated from John Muir High School and earned his BA from Redlands University.
He enjoyed a 35-year long career with the LA County Fire Department. At 55, he retired as a Fire Chief and moved to his dream home in Cambria with his Swedish wife of 44 years, Marianne.
He was an active and proud member of the community and was involved with the retired Fireman’s Association, loved being a docent with the Friends of the Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle and participated in the Hearst Castle Living History program.
David enjoyed life until the very end. He was filled with light, love and a wonderful sense of humor.
He never missed an opportunity to express his love to his family, be grateful for all of his blessings or appreciate the natural beauty of the Central Coast.
He was an enthusiastic golfer, a nature lover, world traveler, thoughtful neighbor, trustworthy friend, doting father and grandfather, loyal brother and a loving husband. We are so blessed to have had him and will miss him dearly.
David is survived by his loving wife; three adoring children and their spouses; three granddaughters; three grandsons; and three brothers.
There was a celebration of his life on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.
He was laid to rest at a private ceremony at the Cambria Cemetery.
If you would like to remember Dave, we welcome a donation to Friends of the Elephant Seals, Friends of Hearst Castle or any charity of your choice.

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Sorry to hear of your loss. Death is something never easy to deal with. It leaves hearts heavy with pain and sadness. But you can find comfort and a hope for the future from God's word the Bible. At Isaiah 25:8 it tells us that "God will swallow up death forever." The earth will be rid of death and its painful effects forever.
chevelle busby
March 5th, 2015
My beautiful father in law, it's so hard to think that you are gone,
but I know you are still watching over your family because that
was in your nature, a loving and caring man. We have learned so much
from you and truly looked up to you, and still do. Thank you Mr Brown, until we meet again.

Rosa stanley (daughter-in-law)
October 31st, 2010
Dave and Marianne became neighbors and great friends when they moved into their Cambria home 15 years ago. When my dad passed away, Dave filled that empty spot for my mom, coming over to just talk or help out with little things around the house. When she couldn't make it up the driveway to put out trash or get the mail, he did those things, without being asked. When the house between us had a fire, Dave, Marianne and I got the wheels turning to buy the property - a two year process involving surveys, titles, cash, taxes...and never once was there a time of tension. That's a rare thing. We celebrated our ownership, and then I watched Dave turn his new yard into a custom playground with his putting greens, terraces, greenhouse and patio. How he enjoyed doing all that! I still look over there and expect to see him come to the fence to tell me how the peach tree or his tomatos are doing, or asking if I need help with anything. I will so miss that smile and those hugs and the energy Dave radiated. But I suspect he's there in that yard in spirit. Watch where those horseshoes are...
Patti Rowe (Friend and Neighbor)
October 31st, 2010
Friends of the Elephant Seal will miss a 'special' docent. Dave was truly larger than life. Whether he was on the bluff, helping out at our fundraisers, or just enjoying our potlucks, he did it all with energy, dedication and an unbelievable sense of humor! We will miss him greatly.
Mary Lee Becwar (Friend)
October 27th, 2010
I met Dave being a docent with the Friends of the Elephant Seal. I never saw Dave without a smile on his face and a kind word to his fellow man. My only regret is I only knew him for two years. RIP Dave, you will be missed more than words can say.

Sincerest condolences to Dave's family and friends.
Christel Chesney (friend)
October 27th, 2010
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"my Grandpa David. my Grandpa was generous,loving,and humorous. he always knew how to make me and others smile. i miss him dearly. i love you Grandpa David!"
brooke Stanley
October 31st, 2010
"The Hearst Castle Living History Program won't be the same with Dave not there to provide some humor and fun. I'll remember his great sense of humor, and miss the fabulous butler/cook that was the role that he liked to play."
Barbara Helmer
October 21st, 2010
"<3 Castle Friend <3"
Stacy Talbert
October 21st, 2010


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