WILLARD IRVING BROWN Willard Irving Brown (24 September 1920 - 19 April 2014) died peacefully at his home in Hau'ula, Oahu, Hawaii. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ray Clark Brown and Alzie Gertrude (Hayward) Brown. On 24 May 1942 he married Priscilla Doe in Wollaston, Massachusetts. He attended schools in Boston, MA, Boston University, and Pasadena City College. He was a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps during World War II and based on the Pacific Island of Saipan. After the war he had a career working in binderies and printing companies in Boston and Los Angeles. He was very active in his church singing in the choir, overseeing the Sunday school, and other roles. He was known as a man of integrity and a hard worker and passed these values on to his children. He worked very hard to ensure his children valued education and all attended and graduated from college. He was extremely talented as a writer and published a non-fiction book on World War I. His skill with words also was expressed through frequent clever puns and crossword puzzles. His knowledge and insistence on correct grammar (as well as puns) was passed on to his children. Willard valued giving back to the community and supported a number of charities. He and Priscilla loved traveling and were able to tour many places around the world after their retirement. He is preceded by his wife of 67 years, Priscilla. He is survived by his five children, Stephen Farwell Brown (Judy), Douglas Seagrave Brown (Maria), Gerald Clarke Brown (Leah), Sandra Elaine (Brown) Welch (Stanley), and Peter Ross Brown (Daceli), as well as 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- granddaughter. He is also survived by his brothers Russell Hayward Brown and Roland Clark Brown and a sister Claire Farwell (Brown) Popesco. The family will hold a celebration of life in Old Orchard, Maine on Willard's birthday, September 24th, 2014. Old Orchard is where Willard and Priscilla first met. An incurable romantic, he always referred to her as "the love of my life." Before being stationed in Saipan in 1945, he was stationed in Honolulu, where he wrote loving cards to Priscilla, dreaming of a time when they could walk the beaches there together. 60 years later, he got his wish, and the two of them lived their last years together in Hau'ula.
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