John Rowan Brons died Tuesday, Nov.7, 2006, at home in Alta, Wyo. He was 86. He was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Racine, Wis., to Lorraine Rowan Brons and Frederic Brons. He was the eldest of four children. He spent his childhood in Chicago, Ill.
He left a short career in journalism to learn to fly at the University of Chicago and in 1941 went to work for Pan American Airways. He flew with Pan American for 38 years. He met his beloved wife, Penney, in Miami where she worked in the Dinner Key Operations. They married Nov. 25, 1944. His piloting took them all over the world and toward the end of his career they moved to Ketchum. When he retired, he spent his free time pursuing his many interests and hobbies. He loved to fly fish, learned to ride a horse, hunted avidly, played golf and flew gliders. It was through gliding that John found his home in Teton Valley. He and his wife arrived in Teton Valley in 1989 to enjoy the beautiful summers while spending the winters on their boat in Florida and in the Bahamas. Always an active man, this valley suited him well, and he enjoyed his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Penney Brons; his three children, Rowan Brons Jones (Bob), Erica Tremblay (George) and John F. Brons; two grandchildren, Jake Brons and Cooper Tremblay. His is also survived by two sisters, Pat Withers (Burley, Idaho) and Joan Ledger (San Antonio, Texas). A private ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 11, at their home in Alta. Donations in his name may be made to the Teton Regional Land Trust, P.O. Box 247, Driggs, Idaho 83422.