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Longtime KDRV anchor Ron Brown dies at 73

A lifelong Southern Oregonian whose career in television spanned nearly three decades has died after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Ron Brown of Gold Hill, who anchored KDRV Newswatch 12’s morning news program from 1992 to 2015 and worked as a journalist for the station since 1986, died Thursday morning after succumbing to prostate cancer, according to a statement from Brown’s family on KDRV’s website. He was 73 years old.

He battled cancer for the past year and a half, according to the family, and “passed away peacefully” in the company of family members.

“Other than college and military service, he always lived in Southern Oregon and loved reporting about its history,” the statement says.

He leaves behind his wife, Judee, three children and seven grandchildren.

The family asks in lieu of flowers to do a good deed for another person in his honor, the statement says.

Photo of Ron Brown taken from his professional Facebook page. Brown retired from KDRV Newswatch 12 in 2015 after 29 years with the station.