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John Joseph Brazil, Aug. 31, 1944-Aug. 15, 2018


John was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Sacramento, California. The only son and first child of Joe P. Brazil and Mary A. (Pontes) Brazil, both of whom are deceased. Brother to Victoria Felton, Susan Peterson (deceased) and Peggy McKinney.

At the early age of 7, he began working with his father on his grandparents’ farms and orchards. He was too small to load the heavy produce boxes on to the trucks, so he was taught how to drive the trucks loaded with produce to the packing sheds. He continued to farm with his father until after graduation from Norte del

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John was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Sacramento, California. The only son and first child of Joe P. Brazil and Mary A. (Pontes) Brazil, both of whom are deceased. Brother to Victoria Felton, Susan Peterson (deceased) and Peggy McKinney.

At the early age of 7, he began working with his father on his grandparents’ farms and orchards. He was too small to load the heavy produce boxes on to the trucks, so he was taught how to drive the trucks loaded with produce to the packing sheds. He continued to farm with his father until after graduation from Norte del Rio High School in 1962 and became employed by Western Electric.

John married Patra A. Richardson in June 1963 and together raised daughters, Laura and Lynn. He remained working in telecommunications (Pacific Bell, GTE, Verizon) until retirement in 2002. Upon retirement, John and Patra moved to Harbor, where he became a sworn deputy sheriff and worked at the sheriff substation in Harbor, became a member of the Curry County Planning Commission and a volunteer firefighter for Harbor Rural Fire Protection District. Within five years, he quickly moved through the ranks and became chief in 2007 and remained chief until his death.

John enjoyed many hobbies and activities throughout his life and had a passion for anything mechanical. He built and drove dragsters and was active in the Marauders Car Club in his teens and early twenties. Very dear to his heart was coaching the girls and grandchildren in their numerous sports activities. Family activities included camping, sailing and racing Hobie Cats with Patra all over Northern California and San Felipe, Baja.

He was a true mentor to young and old and his legacy will go on and on. John is survived by his wife Patra; daughters Laura Brazil-Arrington and Lynn Book; sons-in-law Steven Arrington and David Book; granddaughter Paige Book and grandsons Dakota Brazil-Arrington and Austin Book; sisters Victoria Felton and Peggy McKinney; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be at The Capella by the Sea in Brookings with a reception immediately following at the Harbor Fire Station on West Benham Lane in Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Those wishing to make a donation in John’s memory many support the 1924-25 Stutz Restoration Fund, Harbor Fire Association, P.O. Box 2001, Brookings, OR 97415.