Ronald Brown

November 19, 1916May 8, 2013

Ronald Brown, 96, passed peacefully in his home on May 8, 2013. “Mr. Brown,” as he was fondly known, taught industrial arts at Placer High School for 30+ years and positively influenced the lives of hundreds of students who continued to show their appreciation and seek advice throughout the years. Known for his passion in pursuing hobbies, he was active in the restoration and enjoyment of early 20th century antique cars with a specialty in the Ford Model T. In retirement he developed an interest in the preservation of North American Bluebirds and visited numerous grammar school classrooms educating and guiding children in the construction of bird houses. He personally built and distributed more than 5000 bluebird houses in Placer County. An enormously talented and creative individual, he was the “go-to” friend of many. Mr. Brown was pre-deceased by his son Ronald Brown and daughter Glenna Lancaster. He is survived by his wife Eugenia, daughter Paula, brother Lowell and sister Freda Jones. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren. Friends are welcome to share memories and stories at graveside services on Friday, May 17, at 10:00 AM at the New Auburn Cemetery followed by a reception at the Canyon View Community Center in Auburn. Donations in Mr. Brown’s memory may be made to the North American Bluebird Society.


  • Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2013

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Connie Wilson Masters

May 24, 2013

The Wilson family lived across from the brown's on River view drive. They welcomed us to the neighborhood in the early 1950's.Remember all the nice neighborhood pot luck dinner The brown's and us were involved in. Yes Ron I remember you as a high school teacher although I didn't take any of your classes you were wlll known and respected. The boys used to really enjoy shop class as it was known in the 1950's.I remember Glenna especially as she used to teach me cooking treats at christmas. So long Ron rest in peace

Earl Wilson

May 23, 2013

Will always remember Ron as a kind neighbor who I first knew when he lived across the street on Riverview Dr. He taught me how to drive a Model T which in the '50s seem like an old car then. Several years ago had the pleasure of learning from him about his blue bird project and of course seeing his continued love of the Model T. Glad to have had the opportunity to know you Ron.

George Smith

May 21, 2013

Thank you Uncle Ron, I owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, for the kindness and generosity that you showed our family. For us, you were a rock.

Susan Barron

May 21, 2013

RIP Uncle Ronald. What a full life you lived, touching those around you.

Ron Balcom

May 17, 2013

The best teacher I have ever known, In machine shop he taught us to make things I still have the hammer he had me make. I wish he could have been my math teacher.

Susan Hubbard Owen

May 16, 2013

Mr. Brown was a great friend to my Dad, Richard Hubbard. I remember one project he helped Dad with, a wagon wheel chandelier that still hangs in my parent's home. The glass fixtures are made from gallon apple juice jars that had to be carefully cut. We drank a lot of apple juice while the project was going on because several jars broke in the process. Mr. Brown, like my Dad loved the process, they loved to work and were always thinking about the next project. My thoughts and prayers are with the family I understand what you are going through. “To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.” Thomas Campbell

May 16, 2013

May our loving Creator grant you wise guidance,strength and comfort during this difficult time. (2 Cor. 1:3).

Diana Christopher

May 15, 2013

Thank you Mr Brown for making a difference in so many lives. And thank you for your loving daughter Paula. Your spirit lives on. Diana


May 15, 2013

My sympathy goes out to the entire family. It's never easy losing someone so dear. May the God of comfort bring you peace during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11

Ronan McAllister

May 15, 2013

I will always fondly think of Ron Brown as not only my high school machine shop teacher, but a larger-than-life role model. Ron had a quiet way about him -- when he spoke everyone listened. I recall visiting him a few times after he had "retired" and was working (more than ever) in his home machine shop, where he encouraged me to pick up some metal and craft it into something I would be proud of -- I had the opportunity to watch Ron as he fed his giant Koi in his ponds one day. Ron mentored many of my entrepreneur friends over the years; I am certain their lives, like my own, may not have been as rich as it was without knowing Ron. Ron will be sadly missed.