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Edwin "Ed" Carroll Brown
August 2, 1944 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Edwin Carroll Brown born August 2, 1944, moved to Heaven January 18, 2024. Edwin is survived by his adoring wife, Delaine Hiett Brown of Grover Beach, his stepdaughter, Becky Valadez (Pastor Mark), and grandchildren Joziah (Kelly) and Alizabeth Valadez (Ali's foster son Stormy and his sister, Haisley). Ed is also survived by his four siblings, Edith Poole, Hilda Myatt (Royster), Jerry Brown (Susan), Debbie Barnes (Dr. Bruce), and his nephews David, Jeremy and Jason of North Carolina. Also surviving are stepchildren Roxie (children Kerrie and Nolan), (Kerrie's daughter, Sophia), beloved sons-in-law Tom Pitard and Clint Hiett, estranged sons Eddie, Donnie, and grandson Chad Brown.
Ed was preceded in death by wives Ann, Sophie and Alice, step-daughter, Dixie and her son Tommy Pitard, Ed's beloved grandson.
Ed joined the United States Army during the Vietnam war and was sent to Fort Irwin in Barstow, California, where he remained. He became a Deputy Sheriff for San Bernardino County, where he retired after 25 years. In 2003 he moved to Arroyo Grande, California with his wife, Alice, until she died in 2011.
Following retirement, Ed filled his time by working at Santa Fe railroad, KMart and the Police Academy at Alan Hancock College. Ed also did many hours of volunteer work for the AGPD and Park Rangers, where he met Lisa Remington, longtime "adopted daughter."
Ed was an avid orchid grower and belonged to the Five Cities Orchid Society. He loved watching Jeopardy and was always the winner! And he loved watching his favorite teams play ball.
In 2013, at a family gathering where Ed came with his son-in-law, Clinton Hiett (who happens to be Dee's first cousin), Dee asked Ed how she was to get in touch with him when Clint wasn't there?--Ed gave her his phone number and three months later, they were married.
Ed and Dee were individually honored by AGPD as volunteer of the year. Ed was a member of New Beginnings Community Church of the Nazarene where he volunteered weekly.
Ed and Dee traveled extensively, going on an Alaskan cruise for her retirement, then a Hawaiian cruise and National Parks tour; to North Carolina and Virginia to visit family, Death Valley twice, the Grand Canyon three times, and many other trips for events and celebrations. They enjoyed both parasailing and zip lining.
Ed and Dee enjoyed regularly attending music venues with Unfinished Business, Critical Mass, the Basin Street Regular, Ramona Gardens, Moose, Eagles and almost every Friday night at Wolff Winery, where they met many good, long-time friends.