Jared Kirby Brush, a lifelong resident of Paso Robles, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018. Kirby was born Oct. 23, 1928, to Jared and Lenore Brush and grandson to R.C. Heaton and Walter Brush. In 1886, Heaton Hardware Store began in Paso. At the age of 14, he received a special driver's license so he could deliver furniture for the store. Kirby and Max Oak ran the store from 1955 until it closed in the early 1980s. Kirby graduated from Paso Robles High in 1947 having served as class president in both his freshman and senior years. He lettered in football, basketball, and track. He then went to San Jose State, majoring in business.
Kirby served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54 with the Occupational Force in Okinawa. He was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a 3rd-generation member of the Rotary Club serving as president in 1970. He was a charter member of the Paso Elks Club and was Chairman of the Pioneer Day Parade in 1962-63. Beginning in 1951, Kirby began serving in the Volunteer Fire Dept. He also has been in the Paso Robles Trail Riders since 1955 serving as president in 1975. Kirby was an original member of the Paso Robles Golf Club and was in the first group to tee off. He joined the Planning Commission in 1968.
Kirby was preceded in death by his wife, Martha May, and stepdaughter, Linda Wesley. He is survived by his two children: Kevin Brush and Colleen Bertoni; his stepdaughter, Karen Morris; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
More thanks than we can ever express to Annette Lodge staff and Central Coast Hospice.
A Celebration of Kirby's life will be held Friday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso. A private inurnment will be held at Paso Robles District Cemetery.