Carl Brownfield Jr.June 25, 1946 ~ June 30, 2016 (age 70)
Carl Brownfield, Jr. was born on June 25, 1946, in Oildale, Kern County, California, to Carl and Daisy Beatrice Blanford Brownfield. He attended schools in the Bakersfield Unified School District and graduated from South High School in Bakersfield, Kern County, CA, in June of 1964. He served in the United States Navy and did two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Seabee on the Mekong Delta. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and he was honorably discharged on November 11, 1971. After returning home from the Vietnam war, he lived in Bakersfield and went to work for Shell Oil Company in the oilfields near Taft, on the west side of Kern County, California. On August 2, 1969, he was briefly married to Annette Dewitt.
Carl’s second marriage was to Carol Captain on April 6, 1974, after which they moved to Visalia, CA. Carl left Shell Oil and enrolled in and completed a course in a welding school in Stockton, CA. Their daughter, Casey Nicole, his only child, was born in 1976. Though they stayed in close contact and remained life-long good friends, the marriage did not last, and Carl moved back to Bakersfield, where he lived for the next 29 years. Carl was a very strong man, and he worked as a highly proficient welder, primarily in the oilfields in extreme climates, for almost 30 years until his health could no longer keep up with the physical demands of welding - he had been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and developed related health issues; he participated in the Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Registery. He attended and passed a course for welding inspectors and became a Certified Plant and Pipeline Welding Inspector ( CPWI ) on October 11, 2002.
In July 2006, he moved to Nampa, Idaho, stay close to his daughter Casey and his only dearly loved grandson, Jonah Fichtler. He resided there for the next ten years. He loved sharing stories and jokes with everyone. Carl was truly a “man’s man” - he enjoyed fishing – and in his younger years hunting - he was an avid shooter and expert marksman and liked boating and camping with family and friends; his dog, Rasputin, was his cherished constant companion.
He was a Life Member of the NRA and of the North American Hunting Club; he was also a member of the Nampa Rod and Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited, Disabled Veterans ( DAV ), the Veterans of Foreign Wars ( VFW ), the American Legion. and the Arbor Day Foundation. He was a member of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local 342, Oakland, California.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother and sister. He is survived by his daughter, Casey Brownfield, grandson Jonah Fichtler, former wife Carol McIntosh, sister Rene Jacobs, two nephews Kurtiss and Scott Jacobs, and niece Julie Jacobs, as well as grandnieces, grandnephews , one great-grandniece and many dear and cherished friends.
Though sudden and unexpected, Carl passed peacefully in his home on Saturday, June 18, 2016, just one week before his 70th birthday. He was a loving father, grandpa, and friend. His funeral arrangements were made with the Bowman Funeral Parlor in Garden City, Idaho; services are scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe bend Rd, Boise, Idaho, where he will be laid to rest.