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Preston (P.T.) Thorne Brown

Preston (P.T.) Thorne Brown

Preston (P.T.) Thorne Brown, 83, of Copperopolis, passed away on May 5, 2019, in San Jose.

P.T. was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Virginia and Preston T. Brown, Sr., on April 16, 1936. P.T. moved to the San Francisco Bay Area at age 14. He graduated from Balboa High School, having been Drum Major of the marching band. He attended San Francisco State University where he majored in music and studied radio-TV engineering. P.T.’s love of music was passed on to his children, who in turn passed it on to their children. P.T. married the love of his life, Miriam Ann Miske, on May 4, 1963, in Carmel.  

As a young man, P.T. worked for the State of California wiring new studios for KRTG Radio. P.T. was also involved in radio broadcasting. P.T. went to work at Pacific Bell for 36.5 years until retirement in 1991. P.T.’s early position with Pacific Bell was in San Francisco as an installer/repairman; with many positions in-between, he retired as Administrator in the Emergency Control Center in San Ramon. He served in the United States Army from 1959-1965 and was proud to be named Soldier of the Month.

P.T. was a licensed amateur radio operator in General Class (KG6FEY) by FCC. P.T. was a member of American Radio Relay League; Calaveras Amateur Radio Society/ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator; past president of Tuolumne Amateur Radio Electronics Society; and the Telephone Pioneers.

P.T. is preceded in death by father, Preston Sr.; mother, Virginia Woods; step-father, Dallas Woods; sister, Billy Maude Yelley; and beloved fur babies, Missy, Muffy, Mandy and Chelsea.  

P.T. is survived by his wife, Miriam; son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Deedy; daughter, Laura and husband Dale Timmons; sister, Virginia Brown; and four grandchildren, Courtney Timmons, Heather [Timmons] Piatt, Lindsay and Christopher Brown.

There will be a private Graveside Service with family and close friends on June 29. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Calaveras Humane Society, PO Box 528, Altaville, CA 95221-0528 or visit their website


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