Deaths: March 19, 2002

March 19, 2002


Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. in Claremont, for D. Gregg Brown, 50, of Riverside, a former Brawley resident who died of heart complications Wednesday in Riverside.

Mr. Brown was born in Brawley.

He graduated from Darmouth College, where he played college football. He also played professional football for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Brown was former Brawley Rotarian and a founding member of the Imperial Valley chapter of the Building Industry Association. He served as president of that chapter from 1992 to 1997. He was the managing partner of Ventana Ranch in Brawley.


He also owned Camashco, Inc., the developer of Rodeo Bluffs Estates in Brawley. He served as vice president of the Building Industry Association of Southern California in 1998 and as president in 1999.

Mr. Brown was honored as "builder of the year" in 1999 and was to be installed as president of the California Building Industry Association in November, according to family

Survivors include his wife, Debra Melton-Brown of Riverside; daughter, Ashley Melton-Brown of Riverside; sons, Cameron Brown and Corey Brown, both of Riverside; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Brown of Seattle; brother, Dwayne Brown of Seattle; and sister Kent Brown of Seattle.

The family suggests memorials be sent be to the Ashley Melton-Brown custodial account, c/o BIA-SC, 1330 S. Valley Vista Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Tomas N. Casillas, 76, of El Centro, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Casillas was born April 16, 1925, in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, and came to California in 1948.

He was employed by various produce companies for many years.

Survivors include his son, Luis Casillas of San Jose; daughters, Amelia Burns and Alicia Valenzuela, both of San Jose; brother, Jose Casillas of Nayarit; sister, Juana Rojas of Nayarit; companion, Rose Urbano of El Centro; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John C. Ayala, 68, of Brawley, who died Friday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Ben Davison officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ayala was born May 25, 1933 in Brawley, where he was raised and attended schools.

He began working in agriculture as a young man and then worked as a foreman and mechanic for Frank and John Caudill Farms for many years.

Mr. Ayala farmed on his own, operating a hay-harvesting business. He married Mary Montanez in Coachella on July 29, 1954.

He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing and being with his family and friends, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ayala, on March 16, 2000; brothers Ambrocio Ayala Jr. in 1985, Tony Reyes in 1998 and Jimmy Reyes in 1992; and son, Nick Guillen Sr. in 1986.

Survivors include his son, Manuel Guillen of Selma; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Linda Guillen of Brawley and John and Esperanza Ayala of Chula Vista; daughters and sons-in-law, Elgie and John Quiroz of Selma, and Helen and Amado Leon Sr. and Candie and Robert Sanchez, all of Brawley; stepsons, Danny Romero of Brawley and Teddy Gonzalez of Washington; stepdaughter, Lyna Gonzalez of Brawley; brother, Raymond Ayala of Indio; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Church in Brawley for Rachel C. Godinez, 69, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Jorge Moreno will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Godinez was born on June 1, 1932, in Brawley. She was raised in Brawley and graduated from Brawley Union High School.

After her high school education, she met and married Raymond Godinez in 1950. The Godinezes had seven children.

She was an excellent homemaker, providing her family with everything they needed, according to family.

Mrs. Godinez enjoyed gardening, cooking and being around her grandchildren. She also was an avid Los Angeles Lakers basketball fan and watched every game she could, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her brother Juan Castañeda; sister, Celia Noriega; and mother, Petra Castañeda.

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