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HADEN B. BRUMBELOE
Haden B. Brumbeloe of Auburn, California, went to be with the Lord on August 27, 2020. He was 93. He was born in Alabama on March 8, 1927. It was Kidney Failure in the end that took his life.
Haden B. Brumbeloe, P.E., was a Fire Protection Engineer with 29 years of experience in fire sprinkler contracting and Publisher of Fire Protection Contractor magazine, the first independent publication for the fire sprinkler industry, with its first edition in March of 1978.
Haden served in the United States Navy during World War II. He attended Georgia Tech before going to work for Grinnell.
He was with Grinnell from 1948-1971 and “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America from 1971-1977. He started as draftsman with Grinnell in Atlanta, Georgia, when fire sprinkler designers were called “Engineers” and no codes required fire sprinkler system installations. As a Sales-Estimator, he learned to sell fire sprinkler systems based on their fire protection merits and on insurance savings.
He moved from Atlanta to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1950s, where he eventually managed the Grinnell branch based in Emeryville, California.
At “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America from 1971-1977, he became Regional Vice President of the 13 Western States and Guam. He gave two-years notice before he left “Automatic.”
After leaving “Automatic” he made a list of eleven things he could do. This list included consulting, expert witnessing, and leading seminars. He did all these things, but eventually took to number eleven on the list and started a newsletter that became FPC/Fire Protection Contractor magazine, where one of his sons, grandsons, and granddaughters work today.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lillian, her three children, Catherine, Dennis, and Donna; and her grandchildren, including Nichole Root, a CrossFit Athlete who was on NBC TITAN GAMES, Nichole’s husband Bob, and their children Naomi and Gwen.
Additionally, Haden’s children from his first marriage include Haden Jr., who was killed while serving in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, Denise O’Connor, Richard, Brant, and Bob Brumbeloe; Denise’s son Liam; Richard’s wife Marge, and their children James and Jennifer, Brant’s wife Lisa, and their children Joseph and Cheyenne; and Bob’s two children Wesley and Danika.
There will not be a funeral or memorial service due to the difficulties of Covid-19 restrictions and concerns.
In lieu of flowers, please give to your favorite Christian charity, a burn center, and/or consider buying a beverage for a friend or a stranger and tell them you care about them.
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