Warren Lewis “Lefty” Brown


Warren Lewis “Lefty” Brown peacefully passed away on June 17, 2013. He was born on May 23, 1928, to Florence May Marcyes and Marvin Maurice Brown in Portland, Oregon.

The first two years of his life, he spent in Grants Pass, Ore. then relocated to Seattle, Wash. He started school in Seattle, and finished his formal education in Kirkland, Wash. while living with his grandparents. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1948, where he lettered in track and football. It was right after graduation that he met his future wife, Jane Catherine Mingo in Acme, Wash. They were married on June 1, 1951. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year.

Warren served in the Army during the Korean War.

The Brown family moved to Grayland, Wash. from Seattle in 1967 where Warren first worked for Harbor Volkswagen. In 1975, he went to work for Grays Harbor Transit, retiring in 1995. Warren and Jane sold the family home and became snow-birds in their new 36-foot motor home, traveling mostly to and from Phoenix, Ariz. In 2009, they moved permanently to Arizona.

Warren is survived by his wife, Jane of Goodyear, Ariz.; six children, Kim (Betsy) Brown of Snohomish, Sam (Donna) Brown of Tacoma, Rebecca (Larry) Fitzpatrick and Cathy Lesman of Westport, Tom (Ken) Brown, and David Brown of Goodyear, Ariz. His son Michael preceded him in death (1961). Warren also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandsons. Also preceding him in death was his grandson, Michael Brown (2011).

Warren was a lifetime member of the Hoquiam Elks.

There are no services being held in Arizona. A family memorial will be held in Washington at a later date.

Warren loved playing pinochle with his family; many a night was spent around the kitchen table snacking, accusing each other of cheating and laughing. Even Warren’s jokes will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85014 (602-530-6900). www.hov.org