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Robert Lawson Brown

03/08/1948 - 10/28/2020
Service Date: 11/10/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2220 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Visitation Date: 11/10/2020
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2220 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Bob completed his earthly journey last Wednesday morning, October 28, 2020.  He was surrounded by his family, loving him and praying for his comfort and peace in passing.  Bob was born March 8, 1948 in Barnesville, Ohio and grew up in Kenton, Ohio.  His parents are Bob and Dorothy Brown.  Bob is survived by his brother: Roger Brown, wife: Cheri Brown, 5 children: Ryan Brown (Kelli), Morgan Brown (Jessie), Irving Begay, Jayme Stoker (Ryan), & Lacey Dupont, and 18 most cherished grandchildren.  Bob was all about his family, baseball, and the Rolling Stones! He loved baseball.  If he wasn’t playing baseball, he was watching it on the TV.  He was often seen with 1 or 2 small radios on either side of him while watching a game; 3 games on at a time, texting back and forth with his good friend Joel about each play.

Bob truly enjoyed watching his much loved grandkids play baseball and softball, perform in concerts, sing, dance, or jam out on the guitar to his favorite Stones music.  Bob graduated from ONU, ASU, and UofA Law School.  Bob was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved it.  It took a while for him to give up playing ball on Sundays, but he had a strong testimony and loved the Lord. His most favorite calling was teaching the 7 and 8 year old children preparing for baptism.

Bob had many challenges the last 20 or so years of his life.  Cancer, a kidney transplant (donated by his daughter Lacey), and various other health issues.  He fought every setback valiantly.  He defied a few doctors with his strength and resilience, and was able to lengthen his earthly life by years, months and days.  He was a survivor!  Bob’s family and friends will miss him dearly.  He was a sweetheart, best friend, wonderful father and grandfather.

Services:  LDS Meetinghouse 2220 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203.  9:00-9:45am visitation, 10:00am funeral service.  Burial at Mesa Cemetery.

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  • Christy Hirshberg

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Christy

  • Mac and JoMarie Woolf

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this trying time
    Families are forever

  • So sorry to hear, we were the class of ’66 at Kenton, Bob was a quiet person at times but loved by all, he had the admiration of his classmates, he play baseball when he could, I know the pain and suffering he has gone through as I also have cancer, may be rest in peace and the family should be awful of him.

  • Craig Biddinger

    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Bob and I graduated High School together and knew him since the 5th grade.

    I still remember he and I doing a grade school skit to the oldie tune, Charlie Brown. We were quite the hit in the 5th grade

    After I moved to Tempe, Az in 1967. To my surprise he and his good friend, Joel Coates moved into the same apartment complex I lived in.
    Later we briefly shared an apartment together.
    Life, jobs school sent us into different directions and unfortunately lost touch with each other.

    We did share good times together and I will miss my old childhood friend.
    Bob was a good man and liked by many and will be missed.

    My prayers are with him and his family today.

  • I’m sad to hear of Bob’s passing. We were H. S. classmates. He was intelligent, kind, funny, and a really good ball player. My condolences to his family.

  • Dear Ryan and Kelli – this is to express Dionne and my deepest condolences to you and your family. Losing one’s
    parent is not easy. We wish you much perseverance and patience. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Warm regards,
    Francis and Dionne

  • Larry and Lissa Perkins

    We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. What a good kind man he was to everyone. You and your wonderful family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were grade school and high school classmates. He was always kind and all around good person. He will certainly be missed. Condolences to his family.

  • Dear Ryan & Kelli:
    So sad to hear about the passing of your father, Ryan. I’m glad you had an opportunity to be with him. You will always miss him. His greatest legacy is you and your siblings. My prayers are with you.
    Jackie & Dave

  • My condolences to the family of my second cousin, Bob Brown. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I believe he and I may have met when I was quite young but our families failed to stay in touch.

    Jeff Timmons
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Brownie was my best friend through high school and college and for the rest of his life. Bob and I met when we were freshmen on the Kenton, Ohio, high school baseball team, when we were 14. The team got brand new uniforms that year; they were bright white with red pinstripes and sleeves. That year Brownie and I had to share the last new uniform (#6), so for one game he’d wear it, while I wore the old grey flannels, and next game I wore the new one on the Kenton High School Wildcats. We liked go to the Teen Canteen to listen to the latest pop music records. Our senior year, we got a band together, The Twigs, and played there some evenings. We both enjoyed music and baseball a lot, and the summer after graduation we took a Greyhound bus 3 hours to Detroit to see a Rolling Stones concert and a baseball game; it was our first big adventure out-of-state. Many other concerts and games followed over the years. Our next big adventure came in 1968 when we both transferred to Arizona State University. We have enjoyed many Diamondbacks games together over these last 20 years. I’ve always marveled at and appreciated Brownie’s competitive spirit and his toughness. They served him really well for his whole life, whether it was after losing his Dad at a much-too-early age, or facing health challenges later in life. I’ve respected how he was always determined to just keep going! Brownie was like a brother to me, and I will always miss him.

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