In loving memory of Thomas G. Brown 1945-2021
Tom was the youngest of 5 siblings born to Walter Dean Brown and Geniveve (Bourn) Brown in Bellingham, Wash. His brothers, Jim Brown, of Deming, Wash., Donald Brown, of Bellingham, and Bill Brown also of Bellingham preceded him in death. He left his surviving sister that meant the world to him, Elaine Magner of Bellingham.
Tom joined the Army after he graduated from Mt. Baker High School. He signed his papers on the day president Kennedy was killed. After he came home from Germany he met his wife, Delores, he swept her off her feet and they married two years later.
He was a man that loved life and his Country. He was a wonderful Dad, and he taught the kids how to fish, hunt, find mushrooms, and best of all appreciate living in our mountains.
He left a daughter, Lisa Brown Hall, and her husband Gary Hall, of Houston, Texas. They were very special to him, when he was elected to the Whatcom County Council all Tom's signs and advertisements came from them.
Tom's son Pat Brown was his best friend and biggest helper. He helped his dad when building our beautiful home in Maple Falls. Always there to lend a hand. Pat's two sons, Charlie Brown, and wife, Amanda, and Kyle Brown (friend Morelia) Were his pride and joy. Charlie Brown gave him two great -grandsons, Ruxon and Brody, they were the light of Papa's world.
Tom has a stepdaughter, Kim Charles that he was also very proud of, she was always treated like his daughter. Always there when needed. He also has a grandson, Thomas Lanktree (wife Jeanna) and their four children, Kylie, Thomas, Alex, and Caleb, who were very special to him.
Tom started his working life as a logger in Glacier, Wash. He was a truck driver and eventually a faller, when Winter came, he went to work for the DOT at Shukson plowing snow in the Mt. Baker area.
He retired from the Mt. Vernon Department of Transportation as Superintendent. Tom always said he had the best crew in the State.
Tom also joined the Masonic Lodge#151 in Everson. He was on the Whatcom County Council for four years. He was not really happy with that job. So, he left after his four years and managed a small gravel pit in Kendall, Wash., and built us a beautiful home in Maple Falls, Wash. We retired and wanted to get more sun, so we moved to Omak, Wash in 2006. He loved it, he took up golf and had many friends there, and did a lot of traveling for a few years.
His health became a problem in 2013 when he had a heart attack and Aneurysm that was said to be inoperable at that time. So, we sold our little farm and moved to Wenatchee, Wash. for five years. Closer to family where he was told he had Alzheimer’s. He said "why are we still here, why can't we move back to Omak" so we did. He had three wonderful years with our family and great friends. In October he was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer, and he died in November. It was in our home in Omak that Tom passed to our Lord on Veterans Day, with his wife and family around him.
The family will have a memorial at a later date. Tom was loved by many and will be missed by all.