Joseph “Joey” Francis Brown, 68, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.
Joey was born Jan. 2 to Joe C. and Margaret Brown in Atascadero, Calif., but he lived his entire life in Paso Robles. He carried the fifth generation name of Joseph Brown.
Joey is survived by Patty Ferravanti, Arnette Demarest and Kathy Bryden Brown; sons Ronnie, Daniel and David; stepson Ron Hinton; and sisters Patricia Silveira and Janet Tullock.
Joey graduated from Paso Robles Union High School in 1966, celebrating his 50th class reunion this year. He was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He completed his basic training at Ft. Ord and was stationed in Vietnam from November 1968 to September 1969.
His life consisted of riding and racing motorcycles. Some of his racing highlights include winning the 1972 Ascot Gold Cup TT and Houston Astrodome TT Junior Nationals. He was also an avid off-road racer.
Joey also continued the family tradition of being involved in the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Parade, showcasing his 1912 Indian motorcycle.
Joey owned and operated Brown’s Cycles, a family business handed down from generation to generation in Paso Robles from 1982 to 2014. He prided himself on providing honest, quality service. The business continues to run today with those same values.
Joey was able to plan and attend the Brown’s Cycles Racer’s Reunion held Oct. 15, 2016. The reunion consisted of his racing family and friends from over the years. The event was a huge success with over 300 people in attendance, bringing many smiles and memories to all.
Joey was a devoted father and family man. He had a passion for teaching others the love of riding and working on motorcycles. All those who knew Joey will always remember the shop talk and track days they shared with him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at First Baptist Church, 1645 Park St., Paso Robles, Calif., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Arrangements are under the direction of Kuehl-Nicolay.
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