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In Memory of

Jennings Gordon Brown

April 25, 1923 - August 10, 2017

Obituary


Jennings Brown, was born April 25, 1923 to homesteading parents Walter Henderson Brown and Maude Etna Pennington Brown, near Pritchett, Baca County CO. In 1925 his family moved to Burris Park CA near Kingsburg. Later the family moved to Indianola Ave, Fresno Ca. In 1929 his father died in their house fire along with younger sister Mary Jane. The remaining family moved to a ranch east of Kingsburg. Jennings attended Kings River Elementary School, graduating 1938, Kingsburg High School until moving to Laton High School during his sophomore year, graduating 1942.
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Jennings Brown, was born April 25, 1923 to homesteading parents Walter Henderson Brown and Maude Etna Pennington Brown, near Pritchett, Baca County CO. In 1925 his family moved to Burris Park CA near Kingsburg. Later the family moved to Indianola Ave, Fresno Ca. In 1929 his father died in their house fire along with younger sister Mary Jane. The remaining family moved to a ranch east of Kingsburg. Jennings attended Kings River Elementary School, graduating 1938, Kingsburg High School until moving to Laton High School during his sophomore year, graduating 1942.
World War II broke out his senior year. He enrolled at Visalia Jr College Fall 1942. In January he reported to the Monterey Presidio for his army induction. He was sent to Camp Hood Texas for Basic Training and Advanced Training in Tank Destroying. He was retained as an instructor for a few months but later transferred to AF Gunnery School Harlingen TX. During leave in September he married his high school sweet heart Beverly Vaughn at Fresno. He joined a B-17 crew as a gunner-photographer at Lincoln NE and together they completed their training at Rapid City SD, where Bev joined him until he went overseas. In June 1944 the crew flew a new B-17 from Kearney NE to England and joined the 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bombing Group, 8th AF, Molesworth England. After six bombing missions over Europe the plane was shot down over Germany in September, but Jennings evaded capture for several weeks. Finally captured, he was interned at StalagLuft IV then StalagLuft I until liberated by advancing Russians.
After discharge from the military Jennings graduated from Fresno State College (B.A.) and began teaching at Laton Jr High in 1947. In 1950, he received his MA degree and was appointed Vice Principal and coach at Laton High School. In 1959 he went to Antelope Valley College as Counselor and Athletic Director. In 1960 he moved to Sierra High School to teach World History and coach Football-Baseball. In 1965 he returned to Antelope Valley College as Dean of Students and finished as Vice President of Academic Affairs, retiring in 1981.
Jens and Bev enjoyed many years of working on, maintaining, and sharing the Pine Ridge "Hidden Falls" cabin they built. In retirement, he continued to improve the mountain property, farmed 40A of almonds, worked cattle, and golfed while living at Sanger then Reedley CA. He will be remembered for his devotion to family, students, and assistance to others. He is survived by his lovely wife of 73 years, Beverly E. Vaughn Brown; four children Linda, Bradford and wife Jenny, Daniel and wife Cathy, Leslie Garst; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His family sincerely appreciated the care provided by the VA doctors, nurses, and staff during his hospitalization in the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Fresno.
Viewing at Lisle Funeral Home (4-7PM) August 25 at 1605 L St, Fresno. Graveside service at 10 AM August 26, Oak Grove Cemetery, 19811 Cedar St, Laton CA. Reception following at Laton Lions Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Laton High School Trust Fund or your favorite charity.