William "Bill" Brown Obituary

William "Bill" Donald Brown

June 10, 1952 - June 9, 2020
Born in Santa Ana, California
Resided in Bend, Oregon


William Donald Brown, AKA Bill Brown, decided to paddle off in search of the perfect wave on June 9, 2020. Bill was born to Don and Wilma Brown in Santa Ana on June 10, 1952. He graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1970, and he loved sports. Starting at a very young age he learned to swim and surf. As he grew older he excelled in surfing, volleyball, sailing, and paddling outrigger canoes. He won the Brooks Street surfing contest in 1976, and won several outrigger canoe races in California and Hawaii where he paddled for Lorrin Harrison usually in the “Stroke Position” at the front of the canoe. As a youngster he became a Sea Cub and a Junior Lifeguard, which led to a position as a full time Lifeguard for Laguna Beach. Like his Dad, he loved the ocean and boating, and enjoyed setting off to Catalina on the AHSO to go skin diving and fishing. They would often drive down to Baja California to find a surf spot where they could camp, fish, and surf.

In 1995 Bill and his wife Kristi decided they wanted to try something new and moved with their son Jake to Bend, Oregon. They all turned to the mountains and lakes, and enjoyed snow skiing and snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor, where Bill worked for eighteen years as a lift operator. As a family they also enjoyed water skiing, hiking, tennis and more. Always seeking fun in the great outdoors, they shared that love with their son, and like Don and Bill, Jake, who now lives in Southern California, is hooked on the ocean too, embodying three generations of ocean lovers from the Brown Family.

Bill was a charismatic, loving person. He was outgoing, and on his travels if he didn’t run into a friend, he always made new ones. He loved helping people, and some never forgot! Bill is survived by his wife Kristi of 34 years, his son Jake, and his sister and brother-in-law Wendy Brown and Kevin Barry. As Didi Westgaard Pike so aptly wrote, “There will be a big luau in heaven tonight to welcome him.” Aloha!

In lieu of gifts, please consider sending a donation to the;

Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation, Inc.
1278 Glenneyre Street, PMB 32
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

And see the Lifeguard Foundation’s web site at, www.lbolf.org




Funeral Home
Baird Funeral Home - Bend
2425 NE Tweet Pl
Bend, OR US 97703