Age 81, of Idleyld Park, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Roseburg. He was born on March 14, 1932 in Dunsmuir, California, to Adriance and Gladys Brown of Redding, California. He graduated from Shasta Jr. College in Redding in 1953, and served in the US Navy Reserves. Grant was Assistant Superintendent for Permenier Corporation in Dillard until it closed. He is best known for his rock business - Snowbird Stone Company. Grant’s hand cut stone can still be seen today on the UCC buildings, Roseburg City Hall and many other buildings in the area. He was in charge of the hatch box program for the Umpqua Fishermen’s Association for many years, being responsible for many innovations in hatch box design, transportation of live Smolts and a safe delivery systems. If you enjoy fishing for salmon or see them going up a stream in Douglas County, Grant Brown helped get them there. He designed and built the first inboard jet boat in the Pacific Northwest and his modified sledboat design is still being used today. His original boat made history when it made its historic run in 1962 from Tidewater to Roseburg. In 1964 and again in 1972 Grant and his boat were used to rescue numerous people trapped by flood waters. Before “Water Rescue” was an occupation Grant risked his life and property to save lives. Grant was an avid boater, fisherman and hunter; he moved his family to Douglas County in 1959 to do all three. Grant did not think much about organized religion but he accepted Christ and gave God credit for all the magnificent things we see in nature.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta, two daughters, Debra (Chuck) Fuller of Roseburg and Cheryl (Bill) Bodine of Earlsboro Oklahoma; two sons, Keith (Laura) Brown of Prineville and Greg Brown of Glide. Grant is also survived by his sister, Alicia Coughlin of Redding CA and 10 grandchildren: Travis Brown, Jessica Meincke, Angela Henderson, Donald Scriven, Bryon Bodine, Katie Fuller and Elizabeth Brenner; four great-grandchildren: Lexy and Tory Brown and Cora and Luna Scriven.
A memorial service will be held at Eden Cemetery on Elgarose Loop (road) in Melrose at 2 p.m. March 15, 2014. There will be a reception for family at the home of Debbie and Chuck Fuller immediately after the service. Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses is in charge of arrangements.