RICHLAND, Wash. Clayton Ross Brown, 77, of Umatilla died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash. A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Molli and Bruce Wilcoxs home, 145 W. Moore Ave., Hermiston. Disposition was by cremation.
Mr. Brown was born June 29, 1933, in Weiser, Idaho, to Floyd Vernon and Margaret Jean (Laird) Brown. He attended schools and graduated from Weiser High School in 1951. He worked in construction on area dams until he enlisted in the Army, serving during the Korean Conflict as a corporal from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955. In 1957 he married Carol Bonita Whipple at the Methodist Church in Hermiston.
After the service he attended Perry Institute in Yakima, Wash., and was employed by Columbia Sand & Gravel. In 1959 he was hired to manage the rock division of Jones-Scott Company in Umatilla, and remained there until his retirement in 1996.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol of Umatilla; son Michael Brown of Umatilla; daughter Melissa Molli Wilcox of Hermiston; sisters Marjorie Kerby of Weiser, Idaho, and Elaine Maartman of Cranbrook, B.C., Canada; two grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Margaret Brown, and brothers Irwin and James Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors choice.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Sign the condolence book at www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.