Austin Harding Brown


Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005

Austin Harding Brown, a 68-year resident of Juneau, died May 14, 2005, in Anchorage.

Brown, who was named Naahaan from the Killerwhale Clan of the Chilkat Tribe, was born in Haines on Feb. 14, 1921. He had lived in Juneau since November 1937. He was a retired commercial fisherman.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Northern Light United Church. Refreshments following the graveside service will be held at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building.

Brown is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elsie L. Brown; daughters and sons-in-law Anna and Bill Ehlers, Amelia and Dennis Brockman, Christia Brown and John Maddox, all of Juneau; sons and daughters-in-law Nathan and Dorica Jackson of Ketchikan, Austin and Alice Brown of North Pole, William Brown of Juneau, Randall and Rosita Brown of Seattle; sisters Minnie Stevens of Juneau, Anita McNeil of Anchorage, Linda Thompson of Seattle, and Rose Miller of Pelican; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Brown was preceded in death by daughter Anita Verdol, parents James Brown and Mary Betts, brothers Judson, Albert and Roy, and sisters Shirley Brown, Lillian Clark and Rose Brown.

Brown also belonged to the Southern Tutchone Tribe, First Nations Band in Canada. He attended Haines, Douglas and Juneau elementary schools and Juneau High School. In the U.S. Army beginning in 1942, he was stationed in Whittier, Austria, Japan and Germany.

He enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, telling stories, cutting wood, smoking fish, traveling and watching basketball.

Pallbearers will be Randall Brown Jr., Norman Sarabia, Bobbie Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Joe Zuboff, Donald Gregory and James Brown. Honorary bearers will be Danny Moreno, Cyril George, Cliff Adams, Hank Jacquot, Smitty Katzeek, Jimmy Marks, Rick Beasley and Rob Corbisier.

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