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Hal Gibbs Brown
  • 84 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 30, 1930
  • Place of birth:
    Anniston, Alabama, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 9, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Santa Rosa, California, United States
Sailor rest your oar, your watch has ended. Your brothers have assumed the watch.
<p><br></p> <p><strong>Hal Gibbs Brown, 84 </strong><br><span><span><span><br>Commander Hal Gibbs Brown, USN-Retired, of Healdsburg, California died Friday, January 9, 2015. </span><span>Born in Anniston, Alabama, December 30, 1930 to Henry and Ruth Brown, Hal spent his youth living with </span><span>his family on United States Army Posts in Tennessee and Alabama. </span></span></span> <br><span><span><span><br></span></span></span><span><span><span>He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1948 through 1978. His naval career spanned both </span><span>surface and submarine fleets.<br>  </span></span></span> <span><span><span><br></span></span></span><span><span><span>Hal is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughters, Laura Brown (Alan Luzmoor), Peggy Reuser (Merle </span><span>Reuser); sons, Hal Brown, Jr (Rachel Brown), Christopher Brown (Theresa Cervinski); grandchildren, </span><span>Cheryl Tripathi (Thomas Mulligan), Brienne Myers (Daniel Myers), Amanda Reuser (Rigel Scheele), </span><span>Linsey McCollough (Jared McCollough), Nicholas Kozorra, Mary Moreno, Henry Moreno, Camille Brown, </span><span>Rebecca Brown, Maxim Brown; great grandchildren, Wyatt Nommsen, Asa Myers, Penelope McCollough; </span><span>brothers, William K. Brown, Jim Brown; sister Ann Skye. </span><span>He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ruth Brown; brother, Joe Brown.<br></span></span></span> <span><span><span><br></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span><span>A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of </span><span>Latter-Day Saints located at 310 Powell Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448. <br></span></span></span> <span><span><span><br></span></span></span><span><span><span>Donations may be made to:  </span><span>Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society </span><span>Attn: Development </span><span>875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225 </span><span>Arlington, VA 22203 </span><span><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> </span></span></span>  </p>
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by laura brown on 30th December 2017

"Miss you dad, more than ever! Your strength and character guide me each and every day. We honor your memory and your life today, on the day of your birth. So many tributes still come through your wonderful shipmates...your legacy speaks volumes about your faith, your love of family and your devotion to your country. God bless you and keep you close in the arms of your heavenly father"

This tribute was added by Robert Housley on 9th January 2017

"Hal meant a lot to the Operations of the Special things we were able to accomplish. He had a major impact on my life by teaching me what Business Integrity is!!! His Friendship will always be with me. I am pleased to know he is with God!!! We have the Watch my Shipmate and Friend!!! Regards, Bob H. I miss you huge!!!!"

This tribute was added by Robert Housley on 9th January 2017

"Hal meant a lot to the Operations of the Special things we were able to accomplish. He had a major impact on my life by teaching me what Business Integrity is!!! His Friendship will always be with me. I am pleased to know he is with God!!! We have the Watch my Shipmate and Friend!!! Regards, Bob H. I miss you huge!!!!"

This tribute was added by Jim Brown on 9th January 2017

"Brother, I missed you more as each day passes.  Surely enjoyed out chats after the Tiger football games and you left and didn`t give me a chance to win a cribbage game!  Had my black-eyed peas and cabbage for the New Years so am off to a good start for 2017!  I know you will be disappointed to hear that Army finally won a game from Navy!!"

This tribute was added by laura brown on 9th January 2017

"Thinking of you today with so much love dad! You are missed and loved more than words can tell. I will .always remember your hope and great courage on this morning, two years ago. You are my inspiration and through these tears I will take comfort knowing you are resting in the loving embrace of your Heavenly Father....

Your loving daughter Laura"

This tribute was added by laura brown on 31st December 2016

"Thinking of you today and celebrating your birthday dad. I imagine you smiling down on us with so much love! We talked about your trips today and how much mom misses you. Your "baby" has some lovely new friends and was listening to music and visiting with them when I left her this afternoon. You would be so proud of her!

Cheryl & I celebrated with some biscuits and red eye gravy..,all that's missing is your chow chow!!!  I imagine your smile as you wrap us all in your loving embrace.,."

This tribute was added by roy armstrong on 9th January 2016

"Hal! you where the finest officer I have ever had the honor to meet. In my case in particular. You showed me how to be a Submarine Sailor and a leader.
You are truly missed. God has you know, and I have the watch."

This tribute was added by Eddie Brown on 9th January 2016

"I still treasure happy memories of growing up with Hal when we were very young.  He is certainly missed by all of us, and we shall see him in the future."

This tribute was added by Debbie long on 9th January 2016

"***Sending Miss Patricia a hug  ***

It's to a Mimi in Southern California....
.......From a Meme up in Oregon !"

This tribute was added by laura brown on 8th January 2016

"How can a year have passed already? I miss you so much dad...every single is especially bittersweet
I was looking at my calendar from last year and today was the big day
You had all those appointments diring the week...we were together for all of them. There were difficult decisions and moments that tested you but you never gave up, you never wavered, you never stopped believing there was a possibility to end your suffering and be well again. I will always remember your smile, looking up at me after deciding to have surgery and leaving Dr Wilsons office, you thanked me for being your personal taxi and said  I love you. It was such a perfect, simple moment., one i will always treasure. I am so very grateful for the days we spent together, for your love, integrity, strength and passion to live well and remain optimistic. You were tired and hungry after another full day and said lets go to Cattlemans. Your eyes lit up at the thought of that prime rib and we all piled up and went to that early dinner! There was laughter and love and hope and looking forward. There were stories and moments with us that were filled with the simple pleasure of sharing a meal and being together...i will hold those memories close today through my tears and feel your love for all of us shine down from heaven where you are surely smiling,  in peace at the side of your heavenly father. I love you dad...your Laura Jean"

This tribute was added by Robert Housley on 7th January 2016

"Hal was an amazing shipmate who touched my life in ways that conti ue to be with me today. Not only was he an amazing shipmate he helped form my behaviors that stayed with me though out my life....his work for the United States continues to make our Freedom what it is today......I have the watch Sir...Rest Your Oar. Love, ETN2(SS) Bob Housley"

This tribute was added by Debbie long on 7th January 2016

"Hal and Family as we approach the 1 year anniversary of your passing  I can tell you that Debbie and I think of you often.  There are so many things I would love to share with you.  We have a new dog I got a nice buck this year and the list goes on.  We remember all of the good times and often look at the pictures.  Hal you are the Best. Thanks for giving me the Name Pathfinder.   John Long The Pathfinder."

This tribute was added by Brienne Myers on 7th January 2016

"My most special and dear Papa, O how I miss you! I'm re-seasoning a good old cast iron skillet right now, thinking of you and your most delicious cornbread, red-eye, biscuits and gravy. I'm thinking of your contagious laugh and your great stories and how you always made my heart feel at home and loved and accepted. Your great-grandson Elijah is here now and he is beautiful! I wish you had met him this side of heaven. I know you are enjoying the Lord's presence now face to face. I rejoice with you, but I also ache inside as I think of you and miss you. You are loved and your legacy lives on in our lives; faithfulness, loyalty, faith, love, dedication, self-sacrifice. You are my one-and-only Papa. Until I see you on Glory's side, I love you!!! Love eternally, hunny bunny"

This tribute was added by Bill Brown on 4th January 2016

"How I miss you, Hal.  You and brother Joseph were always the ones that I looked up to and were my standard bearers.  I will forever be awed by your accomplishments in this life --  and I am certain that you are aweing those in heaven.  Love you, brother.  Save a place for me, will you?"

This tribute was added by Jim Brown on 4th January 2016

"Hal is not around to give me cribbage lessons anymore but will always remember those last few days in Healdsburg. His love of baseball and knowledge of the game and players would astound me!   Always had  a chat about the results of the LSU Tigers football game- he was a tough critic.  What a family man- surrounded by his children and grand and greatgrand children.  Miss and love you ,brother."

This tribute was added by laura brown on 31st December 2015

"I love you dad and miss you every single day...more than words can tell! I spent last night looking at all my pictures with you...i feel your spirit and see your smile and feel the certainty and warmth of your guidance and love. I am so grateful for all the time we had together and being with you on your birthday last year. You raised me to do the right thing and I try hard each day to live with respect, compassion and generosity...your legacy is always there to guide me and I am so very proud to be your daughter!!!"

This tribute was added by Linsey McCollough on 30th December 2015

"Happy Birthday my Papa. I miss you everyday but I know your watching over all of us. I will never stop continuing to make you proud. See you in my dreams."

This tribute was added by Jim Brown on 1st February 2015

"Brother Hal was nr 3  in the pecking order out of five boys in the Brown family but he will always be the closet to me.  Even as a teenager, he was the leader of our baseball team with other brother Bill and myself. He was one good athlete and because he couldn`t play basket ball his final year in high school (eligibility problems for living in a different Parish and attending school in another),he conned our dad into signing him into the Navy.  What a career he had!  We both retired from the Navy the same year.  He loved his baseball and especially the New York Yankees!   He was the reason I ended up Hidden Valley Lake after living in southern Calif for so many years.  He could play that card game of cribbage- remember about a month before he died, he invited me down to Healdsburg and proceeded to give me lesson in cribbage- couldn`t beat that guy!  Will miss him a lot and especially during the football season when the LSU Tigers are playing and we would have many discussions about the outcome of the games!  You will always be a huge part of my memories , brother."

This tribute was added by Debbie long on 26th January 2015

"John and I will always remember the lovely Healdsburg Memorial Service on January 17th. The flowers were beautiful, words of the hymns were perfect, and the meal afterwards was delicious.Robert and Yvette Conz, Bishop Hart, Chris Brown, and Laura Brown spoke will so much love and passion . I'm certain that Hal is looking down from Heaven, with so much pride and love for his family.

John and I are looking forward to gathering again on February 6th at the 2:00pm service, with full military honors. It will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.  Hal Brown was a great and honorable man, and our favorite traveling friend. We are thankful to have been able to spend so much time with Hal and Patricia. We will miss you Mr. Brown !"

This tribute was added by Marci Meese on 22nd January 2015

"I can not let this minute pass without thoughts of Hal and have to mention sweet wife Patrica.  Hal was always smiling. He loved life and all the prople in it.  He loved his family dearly. He made good cookies.  I made a loaf of wheat breat took it to he and Pat.  One would think I had given him a golden ticket.  Later I learned he hates wheat bread.  I had a good laugh over that.  He NEVER said a word of unkindness.  I loved that sweet man and will miss him. Till we meet again Hal, I will keep your close to my thoughts/heart.  Marci"

This tribute was added by bob Housley on 20th January 2015

"You know how heavy my heart is at Hal’s passing. I will always hold him close as a dear friend and shipmate. His leadership has and will continue to be a guide for us all to follow. He was an amazing leader of men that were privileged to work under his guidance. He was always the ultimate as an Officer and Gentleman. To have traveled from Seaman to Commander in the US Navy is a testament to his great knowledge. I still do not know how he came to serve on USS Halibut without ever going through sub school, but glad he made it. His guidance in the pursuit of completing our missions was nothing short of spectacular. He personally made a difference in the defense of our Great Country. The United States of America that we cherish is better off, because of his Service. He was a tremendous influence in the success of those missions that helped the USS Halibut become a Submarine that has now entered into the Submarine Hall of Fame. He always had a positive attitude and great sense of humor. He personally influenced me and taught me to how to lead people. He will always be with me. May God Bless Him and Keep Him.

Forever His Shipmate and Friend,
We have the Watch……Sailor Rest Your Oar
Bob and Sharon Housley"

This tribute was added by Amy Torres Pruett on 20th January 2015

"Grandpa Brown was truly one of the most kind and generous men I've ever known! He is truly missed. I will forever remember his laughter. I loved it!! We love you Papa Brown!! -Amy & Samuel"

This tribute was added by Dick Kanning on 20th January 2015

"The  days of DevGru1Det, Mare Island, and the 587 experiences were made memorable because of Hal's insistence of pleasure with the doing the sometimes impossible. Always a smile and always a pleasure at our reunions!
Fair Winds, Shipmate!"

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