C. Chisholm "Chis" Brown, 97, died peacefully of natural causes at his home Aug. 6, 2010. Born April 6, 1913, in Los Angeles, to the Rev. and Mrs. Grow S. Brown, Chis moved to Costa Mesa with his family in 1922 when his father was asked to be the interim pastor at the Methodist Church. In his youth Chis could be seen riding his horse around the then vacant fields of Costa Mesa.
In 1942 Chis married the love of his life, Helen Davis. They were married for 62 years when she preceded him in death in 2004. Chis and Helen were active members of the First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, singing in the choir for more than 60 years. They also sang for a number of years in the Pacific Chorale. During World War II Chis joined the United States Navy, attaining the rank of chief radio officer, and took part in the Pacific campaign.