Andrew Brown, Sr. – 1929-2013
Andrew Brown Sr., 83, peacefully departed this Earth into God’s loving embrace at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage at 9:15 p.m., May 25, 2013. He was the first born child of Alvin (Apurrin) and Susie (Kipaasaran) of Hooper Bay on Dec. 29, 1929.
Traveling the Kisunaq River in a house boat with family, he resided in Mountain Village at the urging of the village elders after tuberculosis claimed the lives of his beloved brothers, Henry (10) and John (8) following World War II.
His skills as a hunter, trapper and fisherman carried him to seasonal fishing in the Bristol Bay area and the Yukon River; Beluga whaling in the Bering Sea, and one of the few sled dog mail carriers along the Yukon River in the Territory of Alaska.
His leadership and political acumen led to years of government service as a Village Chief (Alaska Territory), Mayor of Mountain Village, Lower Yukon School District-Wide Home School Coordinator and Regional School Board member; State of Alaska Social Worker Aide and many other local and regional board membership responsibilities. His passion to help others gave him the drive to make a difference in the lives of others through his personal involvement. He believed in the Republican principle of helping others without enabling them.
His maturity in faith was slow to come where, initially, he believed in his abilities, but finally yielded to a power greater than his that were lived out in the final years of his life. Having finally recognized the manifestation of God’s power through our weaknesses he yielded to The Triune God’s will by voluntary submission just as his Lord and Savior, Jesus, did in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Not my will but Thine be done.”
He was a devoted soldier in the Alaska Territorial Guard in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Susie, and Anthony his stepfather; brothers Henry, John, Lincoln, and Paul; his children Angela, Mark, Lawrence and Wally whose unnamed infant twin brother died four hours after birth; Uncle Jonathan Johnson and Aunt Joan Bell; step siblings Dorothy, James, and Nancy.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Agnes M., his children and their families, Esther, Joyce (Chuck), Alvin, Andrew Jr, Brenda, Inez (Fred), 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sisters Ida, Agnes L., and Ruth Viola, brother Henry (Asa); stepbrothers Frank and Stanley.
The family expresses their utmost gratitude to all who cared for him through the years – the Mountain Village health aides, Bethel hospital staff and most recently the ANMC medical providers, especially Dr. Cagle and his ICU medical staff who provided superb medical care to the final stages of his life. The empathy you each provided is forever cherished in our hearts.
Our utmost thanks to all local entities for their donations, voluntary help, well wishes and support.