CHARLOTTE - Dana Lewis Brown, 68, a good man, went peacefully home to the Lord on November 2, 2015. Dana was born September 28, 1947 in the family home in Charlotte. One of his greatest blessings was that he was the youngest of five good people created and loved by Curtis F. Brown and Beatrice A. (Sprague) Brown. He spent his childhood on the family farm, helping his father and brother from an early age. It was with them that he developed the work ethic that would define him to many people for all of his life. His mother and his sisters instilled in him the love and kindness that made him the husband, father and friend he became. When other young men dreamed of leaving home and conquering the world, Dana dreamed of marrying and raising a family on the homestead.
Dana did leave home briefly in early adulthood, working on a dairy farm in NH with his brother and holding various truck driving jobs in southern Maine, but his heart was always in Charlotte. He returned home in the early 70's and worked at a number of jobs; cutting wood with his brother, driving for Thomas Dicenzo, and Gulf Oil, to name a few, until he was called to fill in for a few days as a laborer for Maine Central Railroad. That few days stretched into a 15 year career as a trackman, machine operator, welder, section foreman and proud member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees. When the downeast lines were discontinued, in 1983, Dana transferred to the Bangor Yard and commuted for 2 years. If he not had to choose between that and home he would no doubt have spent his entire working life with the railroad.
Since good jobs are not plentiful downeast, Dana created his own jobs. He was a farmer, ran a scrap metal business and operated D.L.Brown and Sons, a custom slaughter house. He fulfilled a childhood dream with the help of his entire family in Brown's Country Store, and at the time of his death was still actively operating D. Brown Trucking which he began in 1988 with his sons, and the Brown Family Farm and Pony Ride, which he helped to build as a way to fulfill his wife's childhood dreams.
All who knew Dana will remember his work ethic, but the core of the man was his love for and devotion to his family and his basic kindness for his fellow man. He was first and foremost a son, brother, husband, father and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane (Birt) Brown of Charlotte, son Derek Brown and his wife Bobbie-Jo of Dennysville, daughter Kristi Perkins and her husband Stephen of Ocean Springs, MS, son Branden Brown and his wife Ann of Pembroke, son Jeremy Brown of Pembroke, and daughter Erin Peasley of Otis. He will be remembered by 14 grandchildren, Cody and Kaylee Brown of Dennysville; Hannah, Sarah, Leah and Natalie Perkins of MS; Gabriel, Claudia and Garrett Brown; of Pembroke, Madison and Cole Brown of Dennysville; and Charlotte, William IV and Dana Peasley of Otis and a great-grandson, Blake Johnson. He will be missed by his sister, Roberta Bulduc of Bangor; sister Kathleen Thompson of Greensboro, NC; brother Robert Brown and his wife Joyce of Meddybemps; sister Marjorie Ingalls and her husband James of Middletown, CT; brother in law Harold Birt Jr and his wife Brenda of E. Millinocket, and brother in law Arthur Birt and his wife Carla of Buxton, and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
He was predeceased by his parents of Charlotte, his father and mother in law, Harold and Virgie Birt of E. Millinocket and his grandson Curtis William Brown of Pembroke.
A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at the Charlotte Fire Station at 2:00 pm, with spring burial in the Smith Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please do a kindness for someone else in Dana's memory.