'At his heart, he was a community banker'
[caption id="attachment_67913" align="alignleft" width="200"] Davd Brown[/caption]
In the wake of his sudden death Monday, the North Bay business community remembered David Brown as the epitome of a community banker: a man for whom personal and professional relationships frequently converged, with an underlying sense of charity that influenced all aspects of his life.
"He really took 'community' to heart," said Ross Liscum, broker for Century 21 Alliance in Santa Rosa and long-time friend of Mr. Brown. "He was good at what he did businesswise. But if you were in any room and Dave started to talk, people would listen."
A memorial service for Mr. Brown will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.
Visitation is from noon to 8 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Roses.
Raised in Santa Rosa and a graduate of Montgomery High School, Mr. Brown was most recently the senior vice president and manager of Bank of Marin's Santa Rosa Commercial Banking Office.
Assuming that role in 2010 and helping to launch the bank's office in Santa Rosa, Mr. Brown brought with him a long reputation as a Sonoma County community banker and was instrumental in helping grow the market for Bank of Marin, said Russell Colombo, president and CEO of the bank.
"We've had some success, and that was Dave," Mr. Colombo said. "It's a huge loss from the business side, for sure, but for us, it's more the loss of a friend."