James K. Brown

James K. BrownJames Keith Brown passed Nov. 2, 2108, at his Ridgecrest home, surrounded by his wife and loving family.

Jim was born Nov. 26, 1927 in Oak Grove, the son of John Calvin Brown and Sarah Addie Doss. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country aboard ship. After his discharge in 1947 he and a friend traveled to California. They arrived at Naval Ordnance Test Station in February 1947 and he began his employment in the carpenter shop at the Pilot Plant and later worked as an Engineering Technician.

Jim met Jean Canada on a blind date and they were married Sept. 21, 1947, at 1001 Lauritsen at Jean’s parents’ home. During this marriage they had two daughters, Cindy and Debby.

Jim retired from the base in 1974 and at that time he owned JB Western Wear on Ridgecrest Boulevard. He sold that business and retired once again. Having built homes for his family, he started JB Homes, Inc with business partner Jeff Jacobs in 2003 and began building numerous homes in College Heights, and the Estates. The last homes he built were in 2018 at the age of 90 and he once again retired.

Jim also loved to sing and he became a Square Dance caller recording his talent with Rawhide Records. He started a local square dance club, the Jim Dandies Dancers and was also a featured caller at Disneyland. He and Jean traveled to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia as a guest caller and also traveled in their motorhome touring 28 states as a guest caller for various square dance clubs.

Jim’s first love was his family. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved fishing Crowley Lake and traveling to Utah for 50 years deer hunting. He was an active member of the BPOE Elks Lodge No. 1913 and used his many carpenter talents to update numerous areas of the Lodge.

Jim is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jean; daughters, Cindy Meagher (Vince) of Fresno and Debby Brickey (Bill) of Ridgecrest;

grandchildren, Tammy Henley (Todd) of Fresno, Staci Broadwater (Eric) of Fresno, Jamie Powell (Mike) of Ridgecrest, Doug Meagher of Fresno; and great-grandchildren, Bryce, Bailey, Sarah, Brooklyn, Kyle, Paige and Fallynne.

Jim is also survived by five nieces and three nephews residing in Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

Jim was proceeded in death by five sisters, one brother, two nieces and two nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. A reception will follow.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Ridgecrest Relay for Life, as Jim was a devoted member of the Ole9Toes Team.

— Submitted by the family of James Brown

Story First Published: 2018-11-09