Former Kenai resident Jason Blackledge Brown died accidentally in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 6, 2003, after a lifelong struggle with addiction. He was 33.
A memorial service will be held in Greenmanville Chapel at Mystic Seaport, Conn., at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Mr. Brown's family plan to return his ashes to Alaska.
Mr. Brown was born May 9, 1970, in Nome, the son of former Kenai residents Kenneth and Nancy Brown, who now live in West Greenwich, R.I., near their daughter Roda L. Motta and her husband, Rick Motta, a native Rhode Islander.
Mr. Brown had passion for music Curt Cobain, Chopin, Pearl Jam and classical guitarist John Williams for gillnet fishing with skipper and longtime friend Rob Seitz, for authors such as Melville, Robert Stone, Chuck Palahniuk and Denis Johnson, and for his cat Rex.
A 1988 graduate of West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Mr. Brown was a wrestler and debater. He attended the University of Arizona and achieved a bachelor's degree from Burlington College in writing and literature.
Mr. Brown is survived by his parents and sister; maternal grandmother, Wilma Wroda of Ohio; aunts and uncles, Linda and Charlie Turner of Tennessee and Gwynne and Harold Campbell of Ohio; nieces, Emma, Callista and Sophia Motta; and cousins, Chris Campbell of Colorado, Jenny Tiberi of Ohio and Robyn Tipton of Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Library Foundation, 522 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite 1103, Portland, OR 97204-2128. Condolences can be sent to the family at 265 Mishnock Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817.
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