We were cruising around the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma last week — (it’s a long story) — when we stumbled on this tombstone:
That’s “Brown” as in Edmund “Pat” Brown, architect of the State Water Project that fuels California’s trillion-dollar economy.
The governor’s resting place is relatively modest, compared with a nearby cavernous marble mausoleum and finely carved columbariums bearing the names of some of San Francisco’s most prominent Catholics. (Joe DiMaggio’s grave is only a moment’s walk up the hill from Brown’s).
Certainly, the simple, black tombstone — adorned only with the governor’s last name, and a cross — stands in contrast with the complex and intricate water delivery system for which Brown is best known.