James L. Browne

Oct 16, 1939 - Nov 10, 2021


James Leonard Browne went to be with our Lord on November 10, 2021, after a five month long illness. He was born to Leonard and Louise Browne in St. Louis Missouri on October 16, 1939. Jim grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from Maplewood high school. Throughout his life, he loved to reminiscence about summers spent with his childhood pal, Don Runnels, in Marble Hill, Missouri.

Jim is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 54 years Pat, his daughter Vickie Durham Reno (Mark); his son Mark Durham (Thanh); and his grandchildren Christian James and Danielle Janae Durham. He leaves behind a multitude of friends and colleagues that he had the pleasure of entertaining with his quick wit and engaging personality.

Jim graduated from Southeast Missouri University (SEMO) with a Bachelors in Business, and he earned his Masters Degree from Pepperdine University.

Jim joined the USAF in February 1962 serving proudly until his retirement in 1983 attaining the rank of Captain. The Air Force gave him the travel bug having been stationed in Korea and Okinawa. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin Aerospace Corporations, until his retirement in 2004. Even with his two retirements, Jim couldn’t just relax and worked part time for Avis/Budget – doing one of the things he loved…..driving cars/trucks.

Jim was a generous spirit who loved being with his family, playing pinochle, reading, and traveling, which included Europe and Asia. But one of his favorite places was the island of Kauai, where he and Pat spent many sun filled vacations with their best friends, of 47 years Ron and Lynda Janne.

He loved joking and teasing friends that he really cared about, especially his pinochle partners!

His passing leaves a void in our lives. We are thankful for our memories and wonderful times. Also, we appreciate all of the stories and memories that friends have shared with us over the past few weeks. It’s evident that his relationships were meaningful and long lasting. Jim was a very special man who will live forever in our hearts.

He loved dogs and quite often
teased he must surely be part Lab! Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Bradshaw Animal Shelter and Sacramento SPCA. Woof🐾

Friends and family are welcome to a Celebration Of Life tribute in honor of Jim on Sunday December 12th from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Renwick Apartments Party Room located at 3227 Renwick Avenue in Elk Grove, CA 95758.

A funeral service with full Military Honors will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday December 29th at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery located in Dixon, California.


  • Mary Horton says:

    Jim Browne was a caring husband, father, and friend. Knowing him, was to love him, and to appreciate his sense of humour. He fought the battle for life courageously, for months, and now he rests in peace. May God grant his family solace, as they adjust to life for now, without him, and await a grand reunion some day. An eternity with neither pain, or death…

  • Jennie says:

    I sat across from Jim many a time as his partner in pinochle, I had to chuckle often when he would start his antics of telling the ladies about their dates in high school, the new players were befuddled by this man but it did not take long for them to catch on to Jims sense of humor and come right back at him.

  • Brandon Franz says:

    Jim was a thoughtful and caring person and was there for me in some of my toughest times. He always made me laugh and feel special when I was with him . God rest his soul in heaven . We will miss you.
    Love you,

  • Cristina Bravo says:

    We will miss Jim dearly. Even though I met him only a couple of times, I feel like I’ve known him a lifetime. In our frequent lunches out, Pat’s shared many funny stories about Jim. If there was ever a husband that was so devoted to his significant other- it was Jim to Pat.
    I can only wish to have a marriage as solid as theirs. My best regards and prayers to all the family.

  • Ron & Lynda Janne says:

    It is so difficult to imagine road trips, or Hawaii visits, without Jim! The Browne’s and the Janne’s had so many fun, special times together. Jim and Pat are the best friends we ever had, and our hearts are breaking with the loss of Jim. Rest in peace dear Jim.

  • Kathleen Haskett says:

    Jim was a warm and witty fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I’m blessed to have experienced his presence and I will cherish those fun times always. I pray the Lord to keep Jim in His loving embrace and that He brings comfort and calm to the family.

  • Michelle Anderson says:

    Pat, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how much you love Jim and how good he was to you and the kids. He is with our Lord and Savior. May he find peace now. May the Lord grant you peace and support through this difficult time. 🙏 I love you.

  • Fred & Charlotte Bailey says:

    Pat, So sorry for your loss. We had no idea Jim had been ill. His sense of humor will be sorely missed. God bless you and your family.

  • Sally says:

    Joy always followed Jim. He was never without a smile, a laugh, or a bad “ Dad Joke.” My heart filled with grief when I learned of Jim’s passing. He will never be forgotten. My love and prayers are with you, Pat.

  • Gary and Janis McFadden says:

    Jim was both friend and family. As we mourn his passing, we celebrate his good humor and generosity of spirit. Always a loving husband, father, and friend. A life well lived in the bond of his loving family. Jim, rest in peace with our Lord and our dearly departed.

  • Michale Bruhl says:

    I met Jim Browne 54 years ago when he married my sister Pat. He gave her and the kids a wonderful life including extended travel. He was a good husband , father, and provider.

    He was always easy going and fun to be around. They took me with them on vacations including several times to Hawaii. Jim was a happy go lucky man. Always upbeat.

    He fought valiantly to get well. He bounced back so many times in the 5 months he was ill. He totally was amazing. But his body finally had no reserve.
    Jim is in heaven now safe in the arms of Jesus.

    I am thankful for the memories he left us.
    God rest his soul.

    Love, Mike

  • I feel priviliged to have had Jim in my life. We shared many good times and countless laughs. This is the first time he ever made me sad.

  • Michele Kebbekus says:

    Jim was married to my cousin, Pat and I was truly blessed to have met him

  • Pamela Hertzler says:

    Jim was so special in my life. I will always appreciate his welcoming hugs and his “how ya doing” Pamela. I will miss you Jim but am so happy you were in my life for these last 30 something years. ❤️

  • Milo and Mary Alice Burgess says:

    We enjoyed the short time we spent with Jim at VAFB.

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