James Joseph Brown

James Joseph “Jim” Brown

September 13, 1929 ~ May 10, 2012

Jim Brown, who was born and raised in Arrrowwood, AB, passed away at his home in Nanton, AB on May 10, 2012 at the age of 82 years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Julia (nee Nelson); children Dennis (Sharon) Brown; Norma (Rod) Blake; Roy Brown (Cherie), Brian (Lori) Brown; grandchildren Chrystal (Justin) Strazza, Daniel Brown, Amber Brown (Eric), Riley (Karen) Blake, Curtis Blake (Erica), Andrea Blake, Leigha Brown, Tayler Brown, Kara Brown, Cayde Brown, Kolton Brown, and Carson Brown; great-grandchildren Brandon Larose, Shannon Larose, Caryssa Klassen, Ashtyn Klassen, Kaiden Brown, Kohen Brown, Kellan Brown, Dallyn Blake, and Warren Blake. Jim is also survived by his siblings Pete (Betsy) Brown; Bill Brown; Eleanor (Jack) Ward; brothers-in-law Melvin (Esther) Magnuson; Chris (Deanna) Nelson; sisters-in-law Dorothy Brown; Joan Nelson; Julie Nelson; Charlotte Nelson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was a well respected farmer but wore many other hats in his lifetime including trucker, grocery store owner/operator, commercial fisherman, realtor, crop adjuster, and motel owner/operator. The last motel owned until 2008 was the Hacienda in Creston, where he was simply and affectionately known as “JB”. He was not afraid of hard work or trying new ventures. Jim had two main loves in his life -his family, and his land -and he took great pride in both. He coached hockey, and also supported 4-H, curling, golf, figure skating, baseball, dance and whatever his kids and grandkids were involved in. He especially enjoyed the years he coached the Nanton Palominos and often talked of the post game parties they hosted. He enjoyed auction sales, gambling, his trips to the coffee shop each day, and took daily drives to the farm to check the crops and cattle. In the past few years, travel was not possible, but Jim and Julia had treasured memories of trips taken and especially loved their travels south to Yuma each winter.

Jim and Julia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November, 2011. Jim had a long full life, realized and surpassed his goals, and provided a great life for his family. Life will not be the same without him.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life was held on May 15, 2012 at the Nanton Curling Club.

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