COSTA MESA — Chisholm Brown, the oldest surviving member of Costa Mesa's first church, died Friday in his sleep. He was 97.
Remembered as a "pillar of the church," Brown rarely missed a service or an opportunity to participate in his nearly 90 years as a member of First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Julie Elkins said.
"He was so dedicated," Elkins said. "He would do anything for his church and family."
Brown not only served on "every church board and committee possible," but also was active in the church choir well into his 90s.
"Music was very important to him," said Brown's daughter, Barbara Ramos, 65.
Brown and his wife of more than 60 years, Helen, sang together on the church choir and often sang duets at funerals and weddings.
Ramos said the two often sang at home to each other as well.
In addition to exposing his son, Stan Brown, 63, and daughter to a diverse musical education, including trumpet and piano lessons, Brown wanted his children to learn about the world first-hand, Ramos said.