Yarington's/White Center Funeral Home

10708 16Th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA


Alex Brown Jr.

7 February , 192429 June , 2019

Alex Brown Jr.

Once upon a time, long, long, long ago, Alex was born to Alex and Julia Brown on February 7, 1924 in Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Ninety five years later, on June 29, 2019, that life would end. After high school Alex was a commercial fisherman until the war broke out and he joined the Navy. He was assigned duty on the carrier Yorktown. After his honorable discharge, he worked for several years in construction, commercial fishing, ski instruction and traveling throughout Europe.

In the late sixties, he met Helen, a widow with three children. After a year of dining, dancing and drinking, Helen joined the Russian Orthodox religion. Alex and Helen married on October 1, 1969.

While Alex improved his domestic skills (he once put potatoes in the oven without poking them — they exploded) to taking walkie talkies to the Puyallup Fair so you could find you partner faster, he and Helen took many road trips to other states. Helen was always the driver. They continued their party behavior until one day Helen said she’d had enough of it. A couple of years later, after treatment, Alex cleaned up also.

When Helen died, Alex’s days were lonely. Finally he adopted a small black and white dog who was devoted to him. As Alex would sit outside, the dog would be next to his chair. When Alex was feeling unwell, the dog would be on the bed next to him. The dog, Lady, is still looking around the house for Alex now.

Alex liked reading, jokes, watching Dancing With the Stars, bags of candy and skiing. He did volunteer projects with the VFW; St. Spiridons Russian Orthodox Church; and 15 years at Highline Hospital.


  • Visitation Saturday, 13 July , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 13 July , 2019
  • Graveside Service with Navy Honors Saturday, 13 July , 2019


Alex Brown Jr.

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John Cox

14 July 2019

Alex waa my great friend. He was also a Christian witness that was that was an example to all of us. He and I also shared having been in the military and would swap sea stories that only soneone who has been in the Coast Guard or Navy would understand.
His service to the Church was also an example to us. Whenever the doors were open he waa there.
I rejoice that he is alive with Christ. I believe he can hear us when we say we miss him. I also want to congratulate him for being a great man and thank him for being my friend.

Dorothy Nowik

6 July 2019

I can truly say Alex and I were special to each other. He confided in me. I confided in him. We shared the sorrow when he lost his wonderful wife and he returned the favor of shared sorrow when I lost my darling husband. We understood each other. He always had a hug for me and I waited each Sunday in church to share that hug. I was blessed to visit with him shortly before he passed away. He said he would say hello to my husband because he was going to see him soon. I miss Alex. We were friends.

Amy Tepale

3 July 2019

You were like this indestructible being who was stronger then an ox, braver than a lion, smarter than any professor, heart like an angel, and i just happened to be the luckiest kid in the world because you were my papa. You taught me how to stack wood and were so proud when i was able to do it on my own, You taught me how to use a hammer and nails and kept my first project on your wall for 30+ years, you taught me how to ride a bike and kissed my knee when i fell down, you even taught me how to drive, and only got frustrated when my parallel parking was 4 feet from the curb. You were always there for me, even at my absolute worst you always believed in me. My fondest most precious memory is every time you ever said “ papas special, i love you from the top of the sky back down deep as the ocean and biggggger!”