Jerry Lee Brown


(July 20, 2008)

Former Powell resident Jerry Lee Brown died Sunday, July 20 in California at the age of 57.

Jerry's parents moved often, and his growing up years were spent in Missouri, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and California. His high school years were spent in Santa Maria, Calif. During summer vacations his parents sent him to Uncle Fred and Herb's ranches in Wyoming.

As a young child, he was often the guinea pig for his big brother, Melvin's pranks, and Jerry soon learned how to play a good joke himself.

He married his wife Bonnie in 1969, and they became parents of two daughters, Michelle and Monica. They raised their children in Powell and it was their home for many years. On July 11, 1981, he married his wife of 27 years, Eileen, in Powell.

Jerry's mid-life career change began in the 1980s after years of working on ranches and the oil fields of Wyoming. His dream of self-employment came in 1994 when he and his wife Eileen transformed Manni Funeral Home of Portola, Calif., inside and out. He loved Portola and considered nearby Loyalton his second home.

Jerry had many interests, but he loved his bicycle and being in the front of the pack. He always found a way to travel to Alaska and Wyoming to visit his daughters and five grandchildren.

His grandchildren remember him as fun — stealing food off people's plates, falling asleep while stuck in traffic or at the movies, putting frogs in people's shoes, and scooter races in grandpa's driveway. Another special memory is going to coffee with grandpa every morning when they came to visit.

Services were held in Portola on Saturday, July 26 with burial in Whispering Pines Cemetery. Memorials can be made in his memory to Rotary Club of Portola, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1121, Portola, Calif., 96122, or Christian Encounter Ministries, P.O. Box 1022, Grass Valley, Calif., 95945.