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Darrell B Brown

May 1, 1936 — January 11, 2019

Darrell Boyd Brown passed from this earth into God’s arms on January 11, 2019, after a long & painful journey. He will be sorely missed by his many family & friends.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Coffelt’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Kyle Bostock from North Summit Church officiating.  Calling hours will be from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Friday, January 18, 2018 at Coffelt’s Funeral Chapel.  Interment will take place in Pinecrest Memorial Park


Darrell was born on May 1, 1936, to Virgil & Rosetta (Claybaugh) Brown in Kootenai, Idaho. He was the youngest of 10 surviving children & was the last survivor of his immediate family.


Darrell attended grade school in Kootenai & graduated from Sandpoint Senior High school in 1954.  While in Senior high he met his wife Ellena Poelstra whom he married. Darrell worked at Carter Service Center after graduating for a year after marrying. Darrell & Ellena moved to Warm Springs, Oregon where he worked for the Warm Springs Lumber Company mill. While in Oregon their first son Richard Dale was born.  Four months later they moved back to Sandpoint where he was employed by Arrow Tie Mill; of which he helped build with Larry Donnerberg & was employed for 28 years. During that time he became a proud Dad to Linda Lorraine, Judith Darlene & Douglas Darrell. These children were born on the farm in Selle; delivered by Dr. Mary O’mara-Pepper.


Darrell was a “workaholic”; he was never without a job & usually had more than one job at a time also, while working the farm. He & his family lived on a farm in Selle for over 15 years. They then moved to North Boyer Avenue next to the Fairgrounds for another 20 years. At which time he purchased his first two log trucks; and then two brand new Peterbuilts of which he and B.J. Balison operated. It was the job he most enjoyed throughout his life; he loved to drive.


Darrell & Ellena then purchased their current home on Mtn. View Rd which is currently Gooby Road.  Due to health issues Darrell was forced into early retirement for the “log trucks”.  AND Brown’s Northside Machine & Gear was born. We have currently been in business for 29 Years; with his children now at the helm.


Darrell & Ellena have been married for 64 wonderful years. Darrell loved his motorhome & boat; they enjoyed traveling, camping & fishing with his brothers for many years. Darrell enjoyed farming; especially when he got his brand new John Deere Tractor it was quite the step up from the “old Ford”.


He also loved his antique cars; they were members of the Injectors Car Club for years. His collection includes: ’65 Mustang convertible, ’56 T-bird w/hardtop, ‘56 Chev big window & ‘55 Ford F150. They are his pride & joy; and are snuggly tucked in as Poppa would have wanted.


Darrell was preceeded in death by his brothers Elmer, Bob, Lyle, Bill, Dewayne & Dale (who lost his life in the Philippines during WWII).


Sisters were Irene (Ritele), Marian (Harrington), Gladys (Grant) & Margaret (Montgomery), Great grandsons’ Dakota Rogers & Angel baby Brodee Stevens.


Darrell is survived by his wife Ellena and children Richard Dale (Debra), Linda Lorraine (Gary) Vanhorn, Judith Darlene (Randy) Stevens, & Douglas Darrell (Jennifer) all of Sandpoint, Idaho. Nine grandsons:  Eric Brown (Faith), Jeremy Brown (Dannielle), Jason Brown (Debin) of Mississippi, Andy Brown, Brian Brown (Mary) Boise, Kevin Brown (Brittany), Nicholas Stevens (Malissa), Brandon Brown (Teal), Lee Vanhorn (Melody) of Naples, and two granddaughters Ashley Kruger (Hunter) and Courtney Lam (Alvar) New Jersey. Many, many nieces & nephews.


Great grandchildren:  Mikal, Joseph, Isaac, Evan, James, Brant, Cole, Ayianna, Kinsley, Hayden, Sidney, Jesse, Keeley, Kaadence, Viviann & Ava Sue.


And was Poppa 2 to great grandson Matthew Brown.


Poppa was all about “family” he was the best husband, father, brother, grandpa & Poppa any person could have asked for and will be missed so very much.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

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