Ernest Lynn Brown
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 15, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 2, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Antioch, California, United States
Let the memory of Lynn be with us forever - all the smiles and laughter he shared with so many

This memorial was created in memory of our long time dear friend Lynn Brown, who left us suddenly at 12:20 am on January 2, 2014.  We welcome you to join the family in a celebration of Lynn's life to be held on Saturday January 18th at ARF in Walnut Creek, 4-6pm.  A true celebration with fond memories, stories and loving messages about how this tall strong redwood left an impression on our lives throughout his 64 years.  We invite you to share your favorite photos on this site.

Ernest Lynn Brown, better known as Lynn, was born in Utah, March 15, 1949. Survived by his wife of over 44 years, Joyce Hodge Brown, daughters Rochelle Brown Robertson (Nick Robertson), and Jennifer Lynn Brown Peabody (Edwin Peabody III), and 2 loving apples of his eyes grandchildren Emily and Jillian Freeman, along with 9 grandpets (6 dogs 3 cats, 8  all from ARF), brother Paul Brown from Parker, Colorado, and sister Laura Berreth from Cooperopolis, along with several nieces and nephew. He worked for Safeway Stores, Inc for 30 years in Salt Lake City and the Private Label Brands Divisions, and then as a food broker with his own business.  He was an avid sailor/racer and downhill skier, black diamonds all the way was his motto! He enjoyed many outdoor activities with family and friends including camping, beach outings, tropical vacations, backpacking as well as casino nights in the resorts and at home on the dining room table with his best friend and loving companion Joyce. For many decades he had a passion for photography, including his own darkroom prior to the digital age. Finding beauty in everything through the lens was a gifted talent of Lynn’s. There will be a Celebration of Lynn’s Life on January 18, 2014 at Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). 2890 Mitchell Dr. Walnut Creek, CA from 4pm-6pm. The family prefers no mourning attire - they intend this to be a beached-theme celebration representing some of Lynn's most favorite places and things to do. Feel free to bring a favorite photo of Lynn for the family's memory board.

Donations are preferred and may be made to Tony LaRussa's ARF in Honor of Lynn Brown, and can be sent to the address listed or online;jsessionid=83442949C7A99D8E09D044EF17B74FE4.app367b?df_id=1840&1840.donation=form1 

 (Obituary Lynn Brown)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Christie Brockett on 15th March 2016

"You'd be so proud of your girls!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Peabody on 2nd January 2016

"I can't believ it has been 2 years since you were taken from us. This holiday season was a bit less hard than last year. You are here with us always. Remembering the last Thanksgiving & Christmas we had together will be cherrished always. The laughs we all had will echo in my heart always. Love you, Dad."

This tribute was added by Don and Sandie Jones on 2nd January 2015

"Still hard to believe Lynn is gone.  It seems like only yesterday he and Joyce were sitting on on our patio one warm summer evening discussing the world around us.  He was taken way way too early, but forever remembered.  Our thoughts are with you girls today and always.  Lots of good memories to bless us all."

This tribute was added by cindy mortenson on 2nd January 2015

"I hope you are at peace. You would be so very proud of your family. They have all been so strong. Your positive outlook on life definitely reached them all. You are missed and  thought of with many wonderful  feelings and  beautiful long lasting memories. Continue to watch over them with your love, kindness and blessings <3"

This tribute was added by Siobhan Miura on 24th January 2014

"I only worked with Lynn for a year, but he was one of the most patient, kindest managers I have ever encountered. I so appreciated his frank communication, always tempered with humor. You will be missed Lynn! Sending much love to the family."

This tribute was added by Karen Halpin on 18th January 2014

"Joyce, Rochelle, and Jennifer (Dory, Jeff and all you close friends):  I am so sorry for your loss.  Hugs & prayers  to all of you.  I’ve know Lynn and Joyce over 20 years now and have many fond memories of our time together.  I enjoyed skiing with you at Mammoth, Whistler, Park City, and Jackson Hole.  Loved playing the “99” card game on many of those Ski trip nights.  From Pinecrest, to Tahoe, Lazer Tag,  retirement parties, weddings and birthday parties you were always just a blast to hang out with!  Miss you."

This tribute was added by Christy Kirkham Martin on 18th January 2014


Sending my love, hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
~ Mary Elizabeth Frye"

This tribute was added by Sylvia Bertram on 17th January 2014

"I am truly blessed and enriched for having known Lynn while he shared his life with all of us. He was a gentle man that we all looked up to and I know he will not be forgotten. Great memories of cooking, costuming, camping, and concocting drinks will stay with me forever.  Fly with the angels my friend. Love you......Sylvia"

This tribute was added by Heather Reasoner on 16th January 2014

"Joyce I want you to know I am thinking of you and your beautiful family. Whenever I think of Kauai or Maui I always think of you and Lynn and all those wonderful trips and adventures you both went on.  So sorry for your loss-Heather"

This tribute was added by Lisa Yray on 16th January 2014

"Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss.  He was a great man, who always took the time to say "hello".  I am not one for words, but I wanted to let you know that he made an impact on some many peoples lives and he will be sorely missed.  My heart goes out to you and your family."

This tribute was added by paul brown on 13th January 2014

"For Joyce, Rochelle, and Jen - We share your loss but know Lynn wants us to all be strong and lead great lives and make him proud in the choices we make - I know all of you are strong and we will carry on !
We love you - Paul & Janet"

This tribute was added by paul brown on 13th January 2014

"Big Bro - Say It ain't so.  Seems so unreal to have you gone.  Thanks for being the best brother a guy could ask for.  So many great memories of skiing and sailing.  Thank you for your inspirational eye for great photography but even more thank you for your wisdom and encouragement.  Black Diamonds all the way bro.  Love you - The "little brother"

This tribute was added by charles lipper on 12th January 2014

"Dear Joyce & family,
Lynn was always smiling! He found happiness everywhere and shared the light of joy with everyone who was fortunate to be in his presence.
We will miss him.
Pam & Chuck"

This tribute was added by Sheilah Morrison on 10th January 2014

"Just want to express my sympathy to you Jen and, of course, your Mom and family.  There are no words that can make it be any easier for you all - my heart goes out to you.  And I must say, the memoriam on line is absolutely lovely.  Your Dad would be very happy to know all that has been written about him.  He was quite a guy!! Love, Sheilah"

This tribute was added by Jeff Willer on 10th January 2014

"I find myself standing on this lonely seashore, where I watched your ship sail away from me, and then spread her beautiful white sails to the morning breeze.  Your ship became a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with one another, and then you were gone.  My heart knows my dearest friend, there were many others that were watching your ship coming towards them, and have wrapped you in their loving arms of peace.

Be well my forever friend."

This tribute was added by Vickie Luiz on 10th January 2014

"We were so sorry to hear of Lynn's passing.  It seems way too soon.  I guess it is not for us to question God' plan, but that is difficult under such circumstances.  We have many fun memories of Lynn and want the family to know we will keep them in our prayers.  Brian and Vickie Luiz"

This tribute was added by Riccarda Mescola on 9th January 2014

"What can I sorry to lose you old neighbor...always kind, always first to offer will be sorely missed, but our hearts will remain full with your essence, your in peace until we all meet again in the place where the are no tears, Riccarda Mescola and family"

This tribute was added by cAROL WEYCKER on 9th January 2014

"The saying goes...the candle that burns the brightest...dies the soonest.  Lynn was one of the most handsome, nicest, fun-loving....all the traits that have been mentioned are so true!  He not only loved his family deeply....but life in general!  I'll miss seeing he & Joyce together at concerts.  I hope & pray rhat all the wonderful, loving, funny  memories we have of Lynn will fill the hole in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Nanci Gauthier on 9th January 2014

"It has now been a week and I am still reeling from the news of Lynn's death. Even though we weren't close, I have always considered him a friend because of my bond with Joyce and the girls. He was always so sweet to me when we met, usually shopping at the grocery store! When I was still working @ Safeway, I always knew when he came through my line that I didn't need to bag the groceries. Lynn had his system and always bagged everything himself!

I know how much I will miss him, so I can imagine how much those who loved him the most will miss him. He was a good man who loved his family and close friends with his whole heart.

Rest in Peace, Lynn, knowing that your girls have lots of support here on earth!"

This tribute was added by Gordon Grimm on 8th January 2014

"High integrity, consistent, fun loving, easy going; these are a few of the positive qualities that Lynn possessed.  I will miss his ready smile that was frequently displayed during the years we worked at Safeway and at times I have seen him since retirement.  He left the party too early."

This tribute was added by Bruce Daniel on 7th January 2014

"I certainly was a lucky man to have worked with Lynn at Safeway for nearly 10 years.  He was truly a gentleman and always took the time to help me in any way he could.  Although he had a lot of pressure on the job I never saw him "lose" it with anyone.   I loved his sense of humor and his never ending smile."

This tribute was added by Julie Lieber on 7th January 2014

"From Webster's, the definition of Lynn: a rare combination of intelligence, kindness, acuity, understanding, straight-talking, science, and comedic delivery that comes together in a handsome, redwood-like frame. Lynn, we love you and will miss you. Happy-healthy...happy-healthy...gone, but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Ron Puccinelli on 6th January 2014

"Lynn's passing is a reminder of how precious our lives are.  Will always remember Lynn's smile and friendly mannerism in our discussions at Safeway - a true gentleman. I also enjoyed our conversations regarding sailing, along with his skillful sailing trips. He taught me what " wing on wing" meant in sailing - may the wind continue to fill his sails.  We pray for peace and comfort for Joyce and family."

This tribute was added by Diana Quinn on 6th January 2014

"Our circle of friends has been broken once again as we say goodbye to Lynn, although he will remain forever in our hearts.  Lynn always stood out above the crowd, being tall and strong like a "Redwood" tree, as he was also known.  When I met Lynn I thought of him as a gentle giant, so kind, friendly, optimistic, gentle, yet full of life and love!  Through the years we had so much fun at Pinecrest, Shinnyboo, Tahoe, Pool Parties, New Year's Eve, Wine Tasting, Holiday Parties, and especially when Joyce & Lynn, along with their daughters hosted with their excellent culinary talents!  There are so many wonderful memories that we will hold dear, along with the gift of friendship with this truly remarkable man!

I will be in Maui for the Celebration of Lynn's life.  I wish I could be in two places at once, as my heart and spirit will be with the family and friends of Lynn.  I will definitely lift a Mai Tai to Lynn and toast to him--here's to Lynn and a life well lived!  You were taken too suddenly and too soon, but you will never be forgotten.  May Lynn, Brian, Jack, Keith and those that have gone before us watch over us now...until we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Becky Chase on 6th January 2014

"No words can discribe how sadden Peter and I are of Lynn's loss.  We cherish the many many years of friendship and fond memories.  You will be deeply missed.  Our hearts reach out to all of the the Brown family."

This tribute was added by Al Ruiz on 6th January 2014

"It's hard to express my sorrow and lost feeling with the passing of a GREAT friend and business partner. Lynn will truly be missed by all of us who were fortunate to have crossed his path. God bless old friend."

This tribute was added by cindy mortenson on 5th January 2014

"Totchie, Rochelle, Jen, Emily and Jillian words can not express the sadness in my heart for you all. I truly can't get my brain around this one, but what I do know is that Poppy would have had an optimistic way to find a silver lining even in these days of utter heartbreak. I will be forever grateful to have been a part of his life. The unconditional love for his family is priceless and I hope that with each passing day you 5 beautiful women find peace and comfort in his amazing memory.
I love you all and I will keep you in my thoughts <3"

This tribute was added by Elaine Ohl on 5th January 2014

"Joyce, Rochelle, Jennifer, Emily and Gillian,
My heart is heavy with your tremendous loss; you are iny thoughts constantly during this incredibly difficult time. Hold dear your memories as they will help to sustain you in the coming days. Lynn will shine forever in each of you with his amazing love."

This tribute was added by Grace Vanderpol on 5th January 2014

"Joyce, we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. I am looking at the picture of Emerald Bay, which I am sure you remember painting.  It hangs in the family room and it makes me feel closer to you with many fond memories of Lynn of our kayaking trip. The last time we saw you and Lynn we sat across the table from you at a crab feed. He was such a great man and kind to everyone.  We want you to know that you and your family will be forever in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Jeanna Gabellini on 5th January 2014

"After suddenly losing my brother this August, I totallllly get the pain of death. It straight up SUCKS.  And I know you will be blessed with many gifts during this time and Lynn will be orchestrating many of them. Sending you all love and patience with this process (it's not for the timid).  Wrapping you in blessings for healing and getting through each day."

This tribute was added by Don and Sandie Jones on 5th January 2014

"The loss of a friend is always hard to deal with, but there comes a time in life when one hits at an extreme that's very difficult to bear.  This is such a time, and our hearts and sympathy reach out to Joyce and the family.  

"Redwood" was my dear friend for 38 years, and Sandie's for a slightly shorter time.  His moniker was aptly applied:  tall, strong and with a solid footing on the ground of life.  He was our finest example of what a marriage and family should produce, and we loved him very much.  

Our hearts ache, and we will miss him beyond anything words can express.  Rest easy in the arms of God my brother."

This tribute was added by John Templeton on 5th January 2014

"I will be forever grateful for the many contributions Lynn made while we worked together for many years at Safeway. He was a great guy and a real gentleman. Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Janice Gates on 5th January 2014

"Lynn, You were always a Bright Light!  May Your Light continue to shine brightly through All those who knew and Loved you!  I feel honored to have known you from skiing in Whistler to River rafting on the American to Laser Tag in Concord to name a few fond memories.  As well as helping you and Joyce refinance your home.  I send LOVE to You and your family at this most difficult time."

This tribute was added by Greg Ruiz on 5th January 2014

"Lynn was an exceptionally talented photographer. We still proudly display photographs in our home that he gave to us years ago. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that my father greatly admired Lynn and felt it was a privilege to work with him."

This tribute was added by Eva Guevara on 5th January 2014

"Joyce, Rochelle and Jennifer, so sad to hear about your tremendous loss.  May your warm memories  help ease your pain.  My deepest condolences, truly.  Prayers for you and Lynn's granddaughters."

This tribute was added by Gia Mason on 5th January 2014

"God bless you, Redwood. You were a wonderful father to my wonderful friend. I love you Jen. Praying every night for peace for your family."

This tribute was added by Christie Brockett on 5th January 2014

"I'm finding it difficult to express how sad I am of the passing of Lynn. I knew him and Joyce as well as their beautiful girls for over 25 years if not longer. Lynn was a wonderful man, husband and father. He will be greatly missed by so many."

This tribute was added by Gary Lieber on 4th January 2014

"Lynn, we are gonna miss you man."

This tribute was added by Heather Cellini on 4th January 2014

"We were so saddened to hear of Lynn's passing.. I know that Lynn was well loved and respected. He had great character and a big heart. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Keeping you all in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Julie Wangsgard on 4th January 2014

"Our family loved and will greatly miss Uncle Lynn.  So thankful for our family visit this past summer.  I will always remember his warm, friendly smiles, and he and Auntie Joyce bustling around the kitchen together preparing delicious food."

This tribute was added by Shane Stokes on 4th January 2014

"Lynn was a wonderful man, husband & father. Full of love for his amazing family and filled with an incredible zest for life. He had a very creative eye which showed in his photography and a healthy sense of humor as well. I have nothing but good memories of Lynn and our interactions together. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Linda Kircher on 4th January 2014

"I will feel forever grateful for having the pleasure of knowing and working with you Lynn. You brought so much to those around you and will always be a part of those whose lives you touched!"

This tribute was added by Lesley Martin on 3rd January 2014

"I loved my Uncle Lynn very much. We are going to miss him. I'm so thankful for the perfect family get together at his house this last summer. I will always cherish the memory of the last time I saw him."

This tribute was added by Dory Willer on 3rd January 2014

"It's hard to hear talk about peace and angels and heaven when you've got a big hole where your heart used to be.  I wish you didn't have to leave us so soon - I'll miss my big gentle giant BFF of 34 years.  God speed Lynn, Jeff and I love you!"

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