Marshall Brown, son of the late Fred Brown and late Margaret Grayston Brown, who were long-time Santa Ynez Valley residents, died peacefully on June 8th at the Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon. He lived on Catalina Island during last 45 years of his life. Marshall, Grand Marshall of the 2016 Catalina Island Fourth of July Parade, was a Catalina Island legend. He was a musician who performed during his years on the Island as a bass/trumpet/mandolin player and singer.
Marshall dedicated his life to playing music. Over the years he put together different groups, and played many types of music, including jazz, blues, and blue grass. His musical goal was to provide a pleasurable and fun experience for the audience. He was a kind man and enjoyed people.
For many years, Marshall co-owned the Chi Chi Club in Avalon. Frequently patrons were treated to some of Marshall's music in the afternoons on the Chi Chi Club's patio when he would jam with his musician friends.
If you called Marshall Brown and he wasn't home, he would greet you via his answering machine, singing: “You've reached Marshall Brown's answering machine, I'm out right now just doing my thing, leave your name and your message after the beep, keep a smile on your face and keep-a-tapping your feet. Have a good day.”
Marshall, was also a member of Avalon's Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Island Outpost 4682. He brought his music skills to the VFW always playing “Taps” at the VFW's ceremonies and funerals.
Marshall will be missed, but not forgotten.
Marshall Grayston Brown, 78, was born on January 21, 1939, in Los Angeles California. His first marriage was to Susie Anderson. Marshall and Susie had a son, Kenneth (Kenny). Marshall's second marriage was to Gladys Hext. Marshall and Gladys had a daughter, Renée. Marshall's third marriage was to Dorothy.
Marshall is survived by his children, Kenny (Denyce) and Renée (Steve), as well as four grandchildren: Tanner Brown, Keaton Brown, Maya Wiggs and Malia Wiggs. Marshall is also survived by his brother, Rick Brown (Pamela) and two nephews, Benjamin Brown and Theodore Brown.
Preceding his death, Marshall appreciated the loving support of family, and friends. Marshall's musician buddies performed several times at the Medical Center, for Marshall and the other residents and staff.
Marshall's family thanks the Catalina Island Medical Center for the attentive care and love they gave Marshall during his time at the Center.
A memorial service will be held in Avalon in the fall. The date will be announced when the planning is complete.