Morton Seymour “Morty” Brown

Morton Seymour “Morty” Brown

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 8 Nov 2015 (aged 90)
Minden, Douglas County, Nevada, USA
Burial Fernley, Lyon County, Nevada, USA
Plot 4G 67
Memorial ID 155231150 · View Source
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Morton was born Oct 15, 1925 in Detroit Michigan. Morton is the 3rd child and 2nd son of Israel (Tom) and Celia (Slobin) Brown. He had a older brother, Alvin born in 1922. (Alvin was a twin. Baby Girl Brown was stillborn.) Morton's parents immigrated from Kiev, Ukraine at the early part of the 20th century.
Morton's original middle name listed on his birth certificate was Nathaniel. It was never told to him why it was change to Seymour when he was 3 days old. Mort spent the first 11 years of his life in Detroit. He remembers that for two weeks every year he and his brother would spend time at a family's farm out side of Detroit. His mom want ed them to get out of the dirty city congestion to get fresh air and have fun to run around and be boys. One morning when Mort was about 8 yrs old his mother told him and his brother that their dad had passed away the previous night due to complications of an accident he has been involved in a year earlier. Al though Mort said he never observed any lingering problems from the accident, he said he learned never to question his mother. His dad was never talked about again. (Years later, when Mort was going through his mother's things after her death in 1985 he came crossed divorce papers between Tom and Celia. It was something that was thought might have actual occurred, but not confirmed until that day.) When Mort was 11 yrs old, He, along with his mom and brother moved from Detroit to Calif. They shared a ride and expenses with a couple college students heading west. Mort remembered staying at a hotel a couple nights, But mostly just sleeping in the car when they would stop for the night. They ended up in Los Angeles. Celia got a job working at a local grocery/general store. The three lived in the apartment above the store. A couple years later she was able to buy the store. After Mort graduated from Woodrow Wilson high school in 1944 he was drafted into the U. S. Army. He served his time in the army stationed at Ft Bliss in El Paso as a gunnery instructor. He was injured when he pushed a fellow soldier out of the way of the spinning barrel of a tank. The barrel hit him on the shoulder/back. Although not seriously injured at the time, the accident would weaken his back and effect him in the years ahead causing his back to curve as he aged. Mort was discharged from the army at the end of the war. At the time of his discharge he had papers assigning him to report to the Pacific theater, (Japan.) He was scheduled to leave in two weeks. After the war Mort came back to Los Angeles and got a job as an assistant manager of the local movie theater for a couple years. His next job was in the stock room at the department store Bullocks. This job would change his life. Because it was where he would meet the most important person in his life. His wife Lois. (Mort always said his life began the day he met her.) Mort and Lois dated for a couple years before they married. Over the next 6 years they had 5 daughters. (Jef-1955, Kyle-1957, Lori-1958, Kris-1959, Traci-1960. In 1967 their 6th and youngest daughter Kelli was born. Over the years the family moved a number of times with in Los Angeles County. Finally in 1996 Mort and Lois moved to Minden, Nevada near their daughter Traci. They greatly enjoyed the more open spaces and nature around them. Out there window they could see the Sierra Nevadas, which they both greatly enjoyed. (Mort even enjoyed the snow now that he could afford proper shoes to keep his feet dry. Compared to the stories he would tell about having to stick cardboard in his shoes to cover up holes when he lived in Detroit as a child.) It was where he would live out his life.
Mort was a verily shy person. Being around his family was what he cherished most. He had various hobbies and enjoyments. He loved music. He enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley and the Statler Brothers. He even enjoyed listening to quirky songs. Such as Tie me kangaroo down sport, Beans in my ears, and Drop kick me Jesus through the goal post of life. Two of his favorite songs were My cup runneth over by Edd Ames in honor of his wife Lois. And 18 yellow roses by Bobby Darrin in honor of his daughters. Mort also loved to grow cactus. He learned to be very precise on which cactus would grow best in in garden. And how to care for them properly with the right amount of soil and plant mix. While living in California his yard was a maze of cactus and Lois's roses. Which made a beautiful sight when all were in bloom. When they moved to Northern Nevada it was a bit more of a challenge to keep the cactus growing. Most of the cactus were mobile so they could the winter indoors. Mort was a reader. A self taught very wise man through the many books he would read. History about people places and events. (Bio in progress)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Morton Seymour “Morty” Brown (15 Oct 1925–8 Nov 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 155231150, citing Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, Lyon County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Traci Clark (contributor 47730054) .