Donald R. Brown

FERNANDINA BEACH, FLA. — Donald R. Brown, 70, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at his residence.

He was born in Dover, N.H., and served in the United States Navy for 22 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1979.

He worked for 13 years in the shipbuilding industry as an engineer and was on the design team for the Arleigh Burke class destroyers at Bath. He was a real estate broker in Jacksonville before moving to Fernandina Beach in 1998.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly Ann Boshea, who passed away in 2010.

He leaves behind his wife, Darlene T. Brown; a son, Phillip Gregory Brown of Jacksonville, Fla.; a stepson, Burton Glen Packard of Waldoboro; a brother, Gregory B. Brown of Casco; a sister, Theresa Brown of South Portland; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard with Father Robert Hanlon, officiating. He will be laid to rest at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Please share his life story at Memorial donations may be made to: Alcoholic Service Center, Inc., 20 West Fourth St., Jacksonville, Florida 32206.

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