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Surnames: Brown, Laird, Balderson, Maartman, Kerby, Hursh, Beeson, Huettemann, Wienert,
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James Vernon Brown
A celebration of life will take place at the Jim Brown Football Stadium at Nestucca High
School, Cloverdale, July 8, at 2 p.m., for James V. Brown, who died June 25, 2006, at Good
Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jim was born in Midvale,
Idaho, April 10, 1924. His parents were Margaret Jean Laird Brown and Floyd Vernon Brown.
As a child, he survived a difficult bout with rheumatic fever. He missed a year of grade
school and was told he would never be able to participate in athletics, but with dogged
determination he overcame the illness and went on to live a full and active life.
Jim spent most of his formative years in Weiser, Idaho, where he lived with his parents
and his brothers and sisters, Irwin Brown, Elaine (Balderson) Maartman, Majorie Kerby and
Clayton Brown. He learned the value of hard work early in life. He graduated from Weiser
High School, where he played basketball, baseball and football. He was not a perfect
student, but he was a good one. Early in life he learned the value of putting in a
day's work for a day's pay. He excelled in athletics and even earned a
baseball/football scholarship at the University of Idaho and played for the Idaho Vandals.
One of the highlights of his college athletic career was scoring a touchdown for the
Vandals against the University of Oregon at Hayward Field in 1944.
While Jim was studying for his bachelor's degree, he married M. Jean Hursh Feb. 10,
1946. He earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Idaho. In the meantime,
his wife, Jean, earned an honorary PHT (Putting Husband Through) degree, from the School
of Life, as the two of them worked together hand-in-hand as they began raising their
family and pursuing their dreams. The marriage turned out pretty good, as evidenced by the
fact that they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
While Jim was still a student at the University of Idaho, he was hired as superintendent/
principal at Elk River Idaho School District. He and Jean lived and worked there in the
small logging community. Jim continued his pursuit toward his master's degree (U of I,
'53), while working full-time for the district, and working in the logging community
during the summers. He still had time to play semi-pro baseball and pursue his love of
athletics through coaching. He was named the Daily Idahonian Football Coach of the year in
In 1959, the family moved to Lincoln City (Lincoln Co., OR) — where he taught at Taft High
School and coached football, track and wrestling, while teaching algebra, biology,
industrial arts and driver's education. In 1962, the family moved again, this time to
Nestucca Valley School District in Cloverdale. Jim was hired as the
superintendent/principal and held that position for 24 years prior to his retirement in
While at Nestucca, he helped design and construct new school buildings and took great
pride working with students and members of the tightly knit community on various
committees. He dedicated his professional life to his students and their families and
always encouraged them to be the best. It brought great joy to see his former students
succeed in life. Some of them even came back to Nestucca High School as faculty members.
He felt greatly rewarded when his former students grew up to be parents of their own
children, and he was given the opportunity to have a positive influence on a second
generation of students in his own community.
Jim was selected as a member of the Oregon State Board of education and participated in
academic, as well as athletic/league projects. He came from the "old school,"
and believed in hard work, dedication to principals of fair play, and "playing by the
rules." He demanded discipline from his students and he inspired them to give 110
Jim took great pride in his family and all of his students, who are a tribute to the great
husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and "sheep rancher" that he was.
Jim's many friends and family were a constant source of joy to him and he loved to
tell stories about all of them and the great times they shared together at home, at work
and at play, especially in the outdoors he enjoyed.
Family survivors include his wife, M. Jean Hursh Brown; children, Luana J. Beeson and
husband Richard of Corvallis/Newport, Jay M. Brown and wife Linda of Roatan, Honduras,
Cynthia S. Huettemann and husband Don, of White Salem, Wash., R. Blaine Brown and wife
Libby of Kalama, Wash.; grandchildren, Rykka Wienert, Ranz Wienert, Ruztique Toscano, Tyra
Beeson, Chad Huettemann, Courtney Goebel, Lesley Cherette, Brent Beeson, Brady Beeson,
Brian Beeson, Brandy Preantau and Tony Breantau; great-grandchildren, Payton, Mekhi,
Izabella, Sophia, Cade, Elise, Savnannah and Noah.
Remembrances may be sent to the James V. Brown Educational Scholarship, in care of Randy
Wharton, Nestucca High School, Cloverdale. Arrangements are being handled by the McHenry
Funeral Home in Corvallis.
Headlight-Herald, Tillamook, OR July 4, 2006
NOTE: Preantau & Breantau appear here as they did in the newspaper. I suspect a
printing error but have no idea which spelling is correct. I have no other information on