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Lee Brushett, 1933 – 2021: Musician, Pilot, Veteran, Man of Many Talents

Lee Brushett, 1933 -2021

Lee Brushett, 1933 -2021

Lee Brushett, 88, of Shasta died April 24 in Redding, California.

Lee was born January 24, 1933 to Adolphen and Hilda Brushett in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. He grew up on a farm there with four siblings; Don, Doris, Betty and Perry. Later he moved to Virginia, Florida, and finally Shasta County, California, gaining his U.S. citizenship for serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1956, after serving in the military, he returned to Redding, California, where he met and married Lorene, his wife of 65 years. They moved to Shasta in 1960 and remained there until they lost their home in the Carr fire in 2018.

Lee attended Shasta College while he helped build and work for Superior Title and Escrow, Co. He also worked for Citizens Utilities and traveled around the country as a leading Rights of Way expert. Additionally, he was integral in starting the Shasta Community Services District and served for years on the Water Board. He also served as Scoutmaster, was a member of Redding Breakfast Lions Club, Toastmasters, the Model A Club, and the First Church of Christ Scientist, Redding, California. A man of many talents, he also held a private pilot’s license and shared with many friends an aerial view of his beloved Shasta County and beyond. One of his shining achievements was acting as a founding member of the District 6 Old Time Fiddlers, and its first president.

Lee was an accomplished guitar player who was well-respected as an accompanist for hundreds of fiddle players at festivals, camps and contests. Devoted to music, he provided a solid backup for fiddle champions at the state level and at the National Fiddle Championships in Weiser, Idaho, as well as played guitar on several fiddle music albums and in live bands.

Lee leaves his wife Lorene, daughter Suzanne Core (James), sons Michael Brushett (Saengchan), Terry Brushett (Marie) and David Brushett, eight grand-children: Matthew Steele, Lindsay Cook-Yarborough, Lauren Core, Brandy Brushett-Chalfant, Jamie Gabel, Joshua Brushett, Joseph Brushett and Bryon Brushett; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 19th at the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo, California.

In lieu of flowers, Lee’s life could be honored by donations to: Shasta Arts Foundation https://www.shastaartscouncil.org/what-we-do/scac-projects/shasta-arts-foundation/
or First Church of Christ Scientist, 1740 Butte Street, Redding, CA 96001, cscrdg1@gmail.com

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