James Lloyd Attilio Brown
December 29, 1953 - November 15, 2017
James Lloyd Attilio Brown was a lot of things: smart, humorous, and thoughtful. Most of all though, he was a baseball addict-- an addiction that lasted a lifetime. Baseball gave him focus, determination and a crew of best friends.
His closest friends fondly remember him for his finely tuned musical ear, love of burgundy, and storytelling skills- his “big whoppers.” .Yet, baseball reigned supreme for them. One friend remembers taking a couple of bats and 50 baseballs, finding an empty field and playing baseball until the sun came down. Eventually, Jim would take on the passion project of managing a handful of local baseball teams, allowing him the freedom and discipline to travel across the country for games.
Jim was also a passionate writer and talented raconteur. Sarcasm, satire, parody, and irony were the favored venues of his wit. He could often be found in an intellectual tete a tete with lifelong friends.
His Italian heritage was important to him. He went on frequent trips to Hopland with his extended Italian family. His parents Jim and Linda Brown took the family on lively trips to Yosemite and Tahoe and instilled a sense of culture, intellect, and vibrancy into Jim’s life.
He leaves behind three sisters, Vicky, Susan, and Liza and one brother, Bill. They always looked up to Jim for his smarts, cultural taste, and handsome looks. They share fond memories of rifling through his beloved record collection and him besting them at board games.
Jim also leaves behind a daughter named Sara Joy who shares Jim’s quick wit and love of stories. He was a good and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews Amber, Lena, Carlo, Linda, and Joshua, and Esther. He fondly identified the younger of them as “The Millennials”.