Donald Francis Brown

Updated: 02 October 2010

Donald Francis Brown was born on the Fletcher/Brown farm in Porter Twp., Van Buren Co., Mich., on Nov. 18, 1914, but moved with his parents to Marcellus in 1915. He graduated from MHS in 1933, and then studied accounting at the South Bend College of Commerce, 1934-1936 (diploma received). He worked at Levy Ward Wholesale Grocers in South Bend until drafted into the U.S. Army on April 9, 1941. He married G. Eleanor Miller of Buchanan on Oct. 21, 1941. He made Sergeant at 113th Engineering at Camp Shelby, MS, and Staff Sergeant on Nov. 7, 1941. Graduated from Officers Training School, Camp Belvoir, VA, and commissioned 2nd Lt. on Oct. 28, 1942. Transferred to 27th Engineering, Camp Breckenridge, KY. Made 1st Lt. on March 13, 1943, and Captain on Nov. 23, 1943. Sent overseas (south Pacific): New Guinea, Philippines (Luzon), and Japan (arrived Wakayama, Japan on Sep. 25, 1945). Transferred from active duty to the Officers’ Reserve Corps on Nov. 26, 1945 (or 2/18/1946); promoted to Major in the reserves on Dec. 27, 1946, and to Lt. Col. on Nov. 18, 1956; retired as full Colonel. Don worked at the Clark Equipment Co. in Buchanan for 29 years (12/21/1946 to 1976), initially as a cost estimator, and later as Sales Office Manager (axels and axel housings). Don and Eleanor had two children: Donna and Bob. Don died on Nov. 30, 1976, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Thanks to Robert Brown for the above submission.

Donald Brown -- Word was received Monday of this week of the sudden death on December 1 of Donald Brown, age 62, while he and his wife were vacationing 400 miles south of Mexico City. His body has been donated to science and was sent to the Houston Medical School in Texas. Donald's home was in Buchanan where he had worked for Clark Equipment all of his adult life. The family is awaiting notice of further arrangements. He was the son of the late Emory and Muriel Brown of Marcellus and a graduate of Marcellus High School. (1976)