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Alvin J. Brown

A lifelong native of Oregon. He was born in Portland. Graduated from Roosevelt High School in Portland in 1933, and the University of Oregon in 1937.

During WW II Al was a captain in the Army Aircorp. Along with numerous medals of achievement Al received the "Distinguished Flying Cross" for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. During one of his 38 missions in Europe as a lead bombardier, his liberator bomber was severely damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire. Flak put out one engine and tore off four feet of the right wing, killing one member of the crew. Despite this, Capt. Brown made a highly successful bombing run. During the return journey the crippled bomber rapidly lost altitude and Capt. Brown gave the order to bail out. He parachuted safely to earth.

After the war he fell in love and married Betty Jo Murphy in Portland, OR. 10 years later they moved their family to Ashland. — Al was a successful businessman and owned Omar's Restaurant for 17 years. He also took time away from his business for civic duties, and was a president of the Rotary Club, president of Red Raider Booster Club, and managed a series of 4th of July parades. One of his greatest loves was Big Band Jazz Music.

Al had a devastating stroke in the late 60's and was limited in his pursuits, such as sailing, fishing and listening to and talking about Jazz. — Since his wife, Betty Jo's passing in 1991, his son Neil has provided him with love and care as they maintained their residence in Ashland, and over the last few months in Central Point. — Al never stopped enjoying his passion for Oregon football, whether it was the Grizzly's, Red Raiders, or his favorite team, The Oregon Ducks. He listened to or watched every game, and knew all the players.

He is survived by his son Neil; his daughter Sally Lyles and her husband Skip; and oldest son Paul and his wife Sharon.

J.C. Blackburn — J.C. Blackburn, 80, of Ashland, died Tuesday (March 9, 2004) at his home. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.