Lynn Edward Britten died at his Exeter home on Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was 93.
Visitation will be Monday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Smith Family Chapel in Exeter. A graveside service will be at Exeter District Cemetery at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Exeter Methodist Church.
Lynn was born in Exeter to Younie and Salome (McFall) Britten on February 19, 1925. Lynn’s paternal ancestors homesteaded in Three Rivers.
Lynn attended Exeter schools and graduated from Exeter High School in 1942. He attended Visalia Junior College (now College of the Sequoias) before enlisting with the U.S. Navy for training as a naval aviator. The training led him across the United States to at least seven different stations before the war ended.
When he returned home to Exeter, he married his high school sweetheart, Martha Pruner, on June 20, 1946. Lynn began working on his father-in-law M.N. Pruner’s ranch. In addition, he distributed newspapers for The Fresno Bee, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Examiner, San Francisco Examiner, and San Francisco Chronicle to Exeter and nearby communities.
He also was hired by Exeter Warehouse (later acquired by Orange Belt Supply Company) as a delivery driver. He retired 30 years later as the shipping/receiving manager.
Lynn was a member of the American Legion, Exeter Sportsman Association, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and for many years was a member the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department.
Lynn was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Martha, and his sister Frances (Britten) Kirkman.
Lynn is survived by sons Ed and wife Sandy Britten of Fresno, Steven Britten of Exeter, Bill and wife Ronette Britten of Three Rivers, Ken and wife Diana Britten of Exeter, and Tim and wife Chinayo Britten of Portland, Ore.; daughter Carol and husband Ron Holman of Visalia; brother
Gary Britten and wife Paulette of Wilmore, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Ben Britten, Emily Britten, Nick Britten (Shannon), Ronnie Zirkle (Cassie), Matt Britten (Alexandra), Michelle Benham (Keith), Samantha Britten, Zachary Holman, Jacob Holman, and Shion Britten; two great-grandchildren with another on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Exeter Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or American Macular Degeneration Foundation.