OJAI, Calif. — James Leland Brown, 79, of Ojai, Calif., formerly of Utica, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday, May 2, 2011, at his residence.
He was born July 19, 1931, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to the late Chester W. and Pansey B. (Morey) Brown. He spent the majority of his life farming, which was his true passion. He was a graduate of Utica High School. He played several positions in football, also played basketball for Utica High School — also being inducted into Utica’s Sports Hall of Fame.
He served 23 years on Morgan Township as a trustee. He was a 65-year member of Morgan Grange. He served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II. He married his high school sweetheart, Jane, formerly Jane McCann of Utica, in 1984, he relocated to Ojai for the remainder of his life. A heart transplant recipient for 14 years, he procedure was done at UCLA, Calif., on Oct. 15, 1997.
He is survived by the love of his life, Jane McCann (Scott) Brown; his three stepdaughters, Joy (Tom) Coggeshell, Peggy (David) Kunz and Nancy (Tommy) Davison; three stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Betty) Brown of Mount Vernon, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Miriam Hampshire, Janice Barrick; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Thank you to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses and Hospice, Ojai Hospital Continuing Care Center and Drs. McManus and Petroff for their dedicated care and support.
Jim requested his body be donated to UCLA, Calif., for research and that no services be held. Donations may be made to Morgan Grange, P.O. Box 66, Martinsburg, OH 43037, c/o Aileen Hiltner.
Submitted by Betty Brown.