Marvin Gene Brown, born 8-15-32 in Coquille. OR to Hilda and Reuben Brown, has left his family and friends much too soon on 5-22-2021. He died at home in Fox with his family around him. He came from a family of loggers, blacksmiths and hardworking individuals with special mechanical ability. The family property at McKinley, OR is now owned and being restored by his beloved nephew Vern Yost and wife Kay, of whom he was most proud. He had special cousins Larry Howard (Jackie) and Ellen Ryan and close friends in the Oregon area, where his nephews and niece still live. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Alice, first wife Eleanor and sons Bill and Marvin and former wife Darlene Cadwallader Brown O’Kelley. He started his working career as a logger, and then as a long-haul trucker.
He came to Alaska with the Army, in the mid 50’s, to Ft. Greely, AK. When he was discharged, he went back to Oregon as a truck driver and then was recruited to come to Thorne Bay, Alaska to work in a logging camp. He gravitated to the interior and was hired by Weaver Brothers as a truck driver. He met and married Darlene Cadwallader who owned an established off highway trucking company. They made a good team and Darlene’s three daughters, Donna, Diana and Debbie became his. His mechanical ability and problem-solving skills allowed him to make innovations in 30-yard belly dump and semi-end dump equipment which are still used today worldwide. He was a great mechanic and inventor. He was proud of his employees, truck drivers, welders and mechanics, high praise from one of the best.
He was truly an Ice Road Trucker before there was a road. He built ice roads and the first gravel drilling island (and many more) off the North Slope. Various pipeline projects and the Valdez Harbor. The North/South Runway in Anchorage and the new routing of the Steese Highway to Fox were notable projects.
He and Darlene built and operated the Sunset Strip restaurant and lounge and they later bought and expanded the Fox Roadhouse which is now known as Silver Gulch Brewing owned and operated by his grandson Glenn.
He was a proud member of Post 57 American Legion. He was an original member of the Drop-In Café and Diner, old guys and gals coffee club. Covid interfered with this, and he missed this most of all. He enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends and family, and he enjoyed beating his granddaughters, Farah and Jillian at dominoes.
He is survived by his Alaskan family, Donna Brady Robertson (Rob), Diana Lehman and Debbie Pomeroy (Jeff) who checked in on him before and after work each day something he looked forward to. Great grandaughter Karinna Gonzalez and great, great granddaughters Alivia and Alexandra. Grandson Glenn Brady (former wife Tobie) great granddaughters Farah and Jillian all of Fox. Grandaughters Coleen Nilsson (Kim) of Fairbanks, Lissa Robertson Hughes (Ryan) Fairbanks. Christina Kellums, (SMSgt.USAF William) great grandsons JD and Logan of CO, TSgt Maria Gonzalez, ANG, of SD. Sheena Brady (Mike) of New York, Katie Pothier (Greg) great grandsons Eli and Brady of GA. Former sister in-law Linnea and brother-in-law Donald of Decatur, Nebraska. Sadie Smith his special caregiver of Fox and more friends than can be listed from all over the world. Per his request no services will be held. A memorial for him and other Fox citizens who have passed will be held at the Fox Lions Club Community Park on June 26, 2021.