Roger Lee Brown
February 20, 1931 – October 3, 2019
Roger Lee Brown, born on February 20th, 1931 in Pacific Grove, passed away October 3rd, 2019 at the age of 88. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father, known for his wit and compassion, expecting everyone to always give their best.
Roger attended grammar school and high school in Pacific Grove, and Monterey Peninsula College.
Roger's commitment to the community was evident early. When the high school burned in 1946, he was quick to rush into the burning building to help save the high school’s trophies. As he finished his high school years, he served on the committee to establish a trophy for the annual football rivalry game with Carmel High School, the trophy we all know now as “The Shoe”.
Roger married the love of his life, Gloria, in 1954. They raised eight children in the house on Pine Ave. where he had lived as a child.
Roger’s career is best defined by his leadership in the fire service. During his thirty-four years with the Pacific Grove Fire Department he served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Fire Captain and completed his career as Assistant Chief. He was always advocating for safety and innovation, for his fellow firefighters and the public. Just a few of Roger’s many accomplishments include: being one of the first American Red Cross CPR instructors in Central California; the purchase and implementation of the first Jaws of Life Rescue Tools on the Monterey Peninsula; the purchase and implementation of the first Defibrillator on the Monterey Peninsula; founding member of the Monterey County Fire Training Officer Association. As the Training Officer for Pacific Grove, he worked to standardize operations between Monterey and Pacific Grove.
He earned the title of “Captain Fireworks” for his work with the Feast of Lanterns. He would continue doing fireworks all over the world including New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and Hong Kong. He also enjoyed traveling to Disneyland with the family.
Roger is survived by his wife, Gloria; his children, Jane (Charles) Dickey, Diana (Julian) Martin, Roger Brown, Chuck (Jessica) Brown, Bill (Janice) Brown, Dave (Bonnie) Brown, Mary Ann (Darrin) Moody and Jim (Carol) Brown; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at St Angela Merici Catholic Church in Pacific Grove this Saturday, October 19th at 10 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Fallen Firefighter Foundation, The Marines Memorial Foundation or a charity of your choice. Please visit www.thepaulmortury.com to sign Roger’s guest book and leave messages for his family.
- Fallen Firefighter Foundation
- The Marines Memorial Foundation
- Donor's Favorite Charity
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 19, 2019
Roger Lee Brown
October 19, 2019
Am thinking of the family at this time.
Eugene W Eguaras
October 17, 2019
Our hearts go out to the Brown Family with Roger's passing. May his memory be eternal for all of you. He was truly an inspiration for those fortunate enough to know him.
With deepest sympathy,
Mitch and Amber Kastros