Arroyo Grande man celebrates his 100th birthday with a skydive

kleslie@thetribunenews.comJuly 7, 2014 

Lorin J. Brown, who celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday by skydiving, described the experience as wonderful and “very exciting.”

“The entire thing went beautifully,” he said after the jump at Skydive Santa Barbara in Lompoc. “They took such good care of me.”

More than a dozen family and friends gathered for the birthday celebration. A nephew traveled from Spokane, Wash., and other family members arrived from Austin, Texas. Brown’s nephew, Norris Brown, 68, accompanied him on the dive.

The Arroyo Grande man said he wasn’t nervous about jumping from a plane at 14,000 feet, and after the dive, he promised his 8-year-old grandson he would do it again with him — provided Brown was around in nine years when his grandson meets the minimum age requirement for skydiving.

“I’ll only be 109,” Brown joked.

What advice would he share with other senior citizens who might want to skydive?

“Wait until they get older.”

Back on earth, still wearing his bright yellow flight suit, goggles and attached to his tandem partner, Brown sported a big smile.

Noozhawk.com, a Santa Barbara-based news website, contributed to this report.

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