Memorial service Friday for Valley activist
June 10, 2014
A memorial service is 10 a.m. Friday in Gardnerville for Foothill resident and Democratic Party activist James Brown, who died Saturday.
Mr. Brown, 75, was the first vice chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party. He was president of the Douglas County chapter of the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange said she was devastated upon learning of Brown’s death.
“James was an outstanding partner in running the Nevada State Democratic Party and his tireless work ethic and commitment to moving Nevada forward will be sorely missed,” Lange said. “A retired member of the United Food Commercial Workers Union and President of the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans Douglas County Chapter, James was a relentless advocate for Nevada’s working families and senior citizens. On behalf of Nevada Democrats, I extend my sincere condolences to James’ wife, my good friend Jo Etta Brown, and the rest of his family in this difficult time.”
Mr. Brown was an outspoken advocate for the elderly and a veteran of Douglas County’s Democratic Party.
He attended the 2012 Democratic Convention as a national delegate.
Born Oct. 19, 1938, in Natchez, Miss., to James Brown and Auretha Mitchell, he graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles where he was a star football player.
He attended Los Angeles Community College, and while there was recruited by Annapolis to play football.
In 1959, he married Jo Etta Britton. On May 31, 2014, they celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Mr. Brown worked as a retail grocery manager for 35 years. He also owned two grocery stores in Southern California.
In 1996, Mr. Brown retired and moved to Gardnerville. He was a retired member of the United Food Commercial Workers Union and President of the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans, Douglas County Chapter. He was a relentless advocate for Nevada’s working families and senior citizens.
James became heavily involved in local, state and national politics. He was elected first vice president for the Nevada State Democratic Party.
“He had a passion for voter registration and significantly increased the number of registered Democrats in Douglas County,” family members said.
He served as president of the Sustainable Energy Development Associates which focused on environmental issues.
He is survived by his wife Jo Etta; son Kyle Brown of Los Angeles; daughters Sharon Saikali of Corona, Calif., Angela Bonifacie, Montclair, N.J., and Aunita Brown, San Francisco; grandchildren Alexander, Arlene, Kyle Jr, Vernice, Pascal and Adam. He is also survived by brothers Anthony, Lester, Vincent, Eric, Brian and sisters Edna and Sylvia, along with other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, make a contribution in James’ memory to the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
The memorial is at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, reception immediately following in the Pastoral Center. The burial will be held at Mottsville Cemetery.