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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
Brown share one of his favorite memories, he said, “One time I traded for a little Shetland pony for my grandson. I had this van, that we called the peanut wagon, we would load his pony in and drive down the highway with his head sticking out the window. That’s when I decided I needed to buy some land for that pony.
As time passed Brown bought more land and today him and his daughter work together to run the farms. Brown still takes care of the books, but his is starting to teach Ann his daughter the ropes.
Once the Browns retired, the couple enjoyed fishing and spending time with their grandchildren. Every day the couple enjoyed their daily trip to local Dairy Queen during happy hour where they would sit and talk the friends while having a cup of coffee.
Over the years Brown has taken great pride in this community. In 1958 Brown was chosen as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year. He held the job of Mayor in 1965. He was re-elected for another team. He ended up serving as Mayor for 16 years.
He has served two separate terms as President of the Rotary Club and two different terms as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Brown was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
If that wasn’t enough Brown served on the WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital board for nine years and he served as Board of Directors for the First National Bank in Lockney and was Chairman of the Lockney Housing Authority. He was on the school board and the water board, all while running his business and raising his family.
In 2013, Brown was accompanied by his loving daughter, Ann on the Honor Flight. He enjoyed the trip so much. Brown said, “That trip meant the world to me and I am truly honored to have been part of that Honor Flight.”
Brown’s Department Store was in business for 48 years. “I couldn’t have had this a wonderful business without this community’s support and the help and dedication of my beautiful wonderful wife and daughter. Those two ladies have been everything to me, “said Brown
Brown just had a birthday. He turned 99 years young, and he stills tries to stay active as much as he can. He enjoys going to the Senior Citizen Center for a meal or to just sit and talk to people who come in. One thing he loves doing is dancing. Every Monday Brown goes dancing at the First Christian Church in Plainview and on Thursday nights he goes to Plainview’s Senior Citizens to enjoy another night of dancing.
Brown’s family would like to thank the girls who help to care for him. Jessica Gonzales, Aracely Casares, Miramar Soto, Stacy Griggs, Erica Castillo and Yesenia Irlas. Without these ladies, things wouldn’t be the same.
Mr. Brown, I am so blessed that you invited me into your home and shared countless wonderful memories that I will also cherish.
The Hesperian-Beacon wishes Claude Brown a very “Happy 99th Birthday.”