Douglas Allen Brown
July 4, 1922 ~ August 9, 2014
Douglas Allen Brown, 4024 NW Cascade, East Wenatchee, WA, went gently to Heaven on August 9, 2014. Born in Redmond, OR, on a hot Fourth of July in 1922, he is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Cliff (Linda); daughter, Karin Smith; stepchildren, Kathy Wolf (Phil Blumhagen), Kristie Forsberg, Kim Wolf (Amy), and Kurt Wolf (Robin); nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Karol Wolf Murdock was there to meet him!
Doug was the second child of Ernest and Eltie (Stansbie) Brown and had four siblings, Faye, Lee, Don (deceased) and David. He first came to the Wenatchee area during summer school breaks in the ‘40s as a helper for his father, a civil engineer, who was surveying for Bonneville and the power line placement over the Columbia River. He liked the area.
Doug graduated from Oregon State University with advanced degrees and from Multnomah School of the Bible. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served as a field radio operator for a battalion commander. He received several medals and commendations for meritorious service.
He married MaryLou Gilbert and had planned his educational program to be a missionary/teacher in Europe. But after his post-military diagnosis of tuberculosis, he was not considered a healthy enough candidate. The tuberculosis (likely contracted overseas in Germany from drinking unpasteurized milk!) brought on a near fatal lung hemorrhage, which hospitalized him for a year in an Oregon Veterans Hospital, and his wife and baby son, Cliff, lived with her parents in the Wenatchee area. Tough times!
After recovery, Doug worked at the OSU physics lab that led to the development of the atomic submarine, taught school in Oregon for two years and then was hired at Eastmont, the first year there were no more “bridge walkers” since there was now an Eastmont High School!
Avid about Eastmont athletics and enthusiastic about helping students succeed, especially those who struggled for various reasons, he felt “a teacher has to be interested in the future well-being of a student and give time outside his regular schedule to help that student achieve”. Doug was a Youth Group director at Calvary Bible Church for many years. He married Phyllis in 1974, and they attended Little Stone Church in Chelan in recent years, as the family enjoyed many activities at the lake such as boating, swimming, and water-skiing. Doug was also involved with the local Ham Radio club (a carryover from his WWII years).
A treasured highlight of Doug’s life was his trip to Israel to see the places he had read about in Scripture, where Jesus was born, lived, and died. It was a moving and very special experience for him.
A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held in Chelan, WA, at a later date.