Obituary Details

Donald M. Brown

(11/08/1907 - 01/13/1948)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 01/15/1948

Don Brown, Continental Supt. of Lance Creek, Dies Suddenly

Donald M. Brown of Lance Creek, district superintendent for the Continental Oil Co. of natural gasoline production, died suddenly of a heart condition at the Spencer Hospital here Tuesday noon.

Widely known in oil circles throughout the Rocky Mountain and other regions, he had been extremely vigorous and active. He had a slight illness, but had not considered it serious. Then Saturday he came into Lusk for medical attention and remained at the hospital. He was 40 years of age.

He began work for Continental at Midwest in 1930 as a roust-about. Characterized as a brilliant man by fellow workmen, he climbed rapidly and went to Lance Creek in the spring of 1936 as plant foreman when the repressuring plant was first put into operation.

In mid-summer of 1938 he was transferred to the KMA Continental plant at Wichita Falls, Texas, where he worked with R. A. Noah, who moved ahead of Brown into the position of district superintendent, and whom Mr. Brown followed at Lance Creek.

Later Mr. Brown was transferred to the plant at Griffin, Ind., until the spring of 1943, when he returned to Lance Creek to assist in completing the expansion of the natural gasoline plant there. He then went to Walden, Colo., to oversee the construction of a plant there, and finally returned to Lance Creek in 1945 to succeed Mr. Noah, who had resigned.

Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Jacqueline, 10. One child born later died and is buried at Ft. Collins, Colo.

Funeral services are indefinite pending the arrival of relatives, and will likely be held Friday or Saturday from the Peet Mortuary in Lusk. Burial will then be made at Ft. Collins.

The Lusk Herald
January 22, 1948
Funeral Service For Don M. Brown Held

A large number of friends from Lance Creek and Lusk paid their respects to Donald M. Brown when funeral services were conducted from the Peet Chapel on Friday afternoon, Jan. 16.

Rev. Lawrence P. Juell, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiated at the service. Mr. H.J. Templeton sang as a solo, "My Rosary," and a quartet composed of Mrs. Edna DeCastro, Mrs. Templeton, Don Unruh and Rex Yocum sang "The Old Rugged Cross." Mrs. Gerald Bardo was the accompanist for both songs.

Donald M. Brown was born at Exeteria, Nebr. Nov. 8, 1907, and is survived by his wife, Drusilla, and 10-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.

The remains were taken to Ft. Collins for interment, as a small daughter is buried there.

Mr. Brown was district superintendent for the Continental Oil Co. at Lance Creek, and was well known, not only in this locality, but throughout oil circles of the Rocky Mountain region.

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