Charles Brown

BROWN, CHARLES EDGAR July 6, 1918 to June 4, 2005 Charles Edgar Brown, 86, died June 4, 2005. He was born on July 6, 1918 in the small town of Indianola, Neb., where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1936. Brown then moved to Lincoln, Neb., to attend the University of Nebraska from 1936-1940, where he played basketball, track and football. Soon after graduating, he moved to Chicago, where he got his first job at the age of 22, in the finance department at the Pullman Company, which operated the sleeping cars of trains. It was at this time that Brown's life began changing rapidly. Later the same year in 1942, he decided to enter the army. A year later, on July 10, 1943, he got married to his wife, Martha Scott Willeroy. The same year, he graduated from army training school and from 1944-46 toured Europe in World War II as a first lieutenant officer. After returning from service in 1946, Brown moved to Los Angeles, where he got a job as an escrow officer at Security First National Bank. It was at this time that he received his real estate broker license. In 1947 he opened his own real estate business in Chula Vista. The same year he joined the National City Realty Board, which would eventually become the South San Diego Bay Cities Board of Realtors. In 1957, he was named president. He was honored as the area "Realtor of the Year" in 1959 and the following year served as first regional vice president of District 30 for the California Real Estate Association. In the years after, Brown became involved in numerous private projects, including building and operating the Cavalier Best Western Motor Hotel from 1965-1977. He has also been very active in community projects, including helping initiate the first post war board election to build the Community Recreation Center and Pool at Parkway in Chula Vista; began bond election to create first 70 acres of tidelands by doing dredging in the area; initiating a joint committee of South Bay Communities to create the College District in order to build Southwestern College which required two bond elections; starting the formation of Chula Vista Visitors and Convention Bureau by buying the land until the area chamber could take it over; and co-founding the National Avenue Business Men's Association, which was formed to develop commercial development on Broadway. Also he has belonged to and participated in several community organizations, including the Chula Vista Jaycees; Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce for eight years as a board of director and president; a member of Chula Vista Community Congregational Church; and member of the San Diego Country Club. Brown has served on 16 real estate committees during his life, including five terms as a chairman. Preceded in death by wife Martha on March 6, 1995, his parents Roger and Bertha Brown, sisters June, Margaret and brother James. He is survived by his son, Kimball (Susan) Brown, two grandchildren Jessica and Katie Brown, sisters Dorothy Heiliger of Camarillo, Ca., Ruth Von Buskirk of Lincoln, Neb., two brothers Warren (Audrey) Brown of Colorado Springs and Donald Brown of Chula Vista and many nieces and nephews.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on June 12, 2005