Leo "Keith" Brown passed away at home in Idaho Falls on July 7, 1999. Keith was born on September 22, 1928, in Burns, Oregon. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Nampa, where he graduated from high school in 1947. His parents were avid outdoors people, so he grew up fishing and spearing salmon with them in the meadows of Bear Valley Creek, rockhounding with them in Idaho's deep canyons and high deserts, and hunting big game and birds with them throughout its spectacular mountains and plains. During the Korean war, he served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge and saw a good part of the world. But he returned to Idaho, where he worked in McCall as a Forest Service smokejumper before and after the war, making over fifty parachute jumps on wildfires in Idaho's central wilderness. Keith earned his degree in business administration from Idaho State University in 1957, and moved to Idaho Falls, where he lived and worked as a federal investigator for 29 years until he retired in 1986. Among other things, Keith was a Salmon River camper, a Plaza Lanes pool-shooter, a dedicated golfer and an avid runner of wild rivers.
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