Timothy Donlin Brown

2 December, 19265 January, 2021
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Timothy Donlin Brown, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Houston on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Tim was born in Billings, Montana, on December 2, 1926, to Harold and Mary Louise Ellen Brown and grew up on the family farm.

Captivated by aircraft, in high school Tim frequently spent evenings refueling airplanes, many destined for war, at the Billings Municipal Airport.

Fresh out of high school, two months before his 18th birthday Tim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Asia Pacific during World War II. Honorably discharged, he joined his brother Dean in various enterprises in Canton, Texas.

While attending Tyler Junior College, school bus driver Tim met the love of his life, passenger and fellow student, LaRue Dove, and they married on December 24, 1950, in Colfax, Texas.

Tim and LaRue moved to Austin where he earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Texas in 1953. After stints elsewhere in the state, they moved to Houston in 1957, where Tim spent most of his professional career with Halliburton, but his life revolved around his family, faith, and country.

Tim was always active in the lives of his five children, 14 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. He and LaRue rarely missed their church, school, sporting, band, scouting, and community events. The extended family enjoyed camping near lakes and tales of Tim’s no-nonsense curriculum for teaching his grandchildren to water ski (“get out of the wake or back in the boat”), as well as his exploits slalom water skiing in his 60’s, are legend, as are his perfect longhand penmanship and the stories of him and his children learning to ride unicycles.

Tim grew up, and was always, tinkering with mechanical things, particularly engines – on airplanes, motorcycles, tractors, boats, race cars, jet skis, etc., but mostly automobiles. To the end, a family conversation rarely lacked, “How’s your transportation holding together?”

Many a grandchild fondly recalls Tim’s main food group, ice cream, sleep-over nighttime treats of sardines with mustard, dinner table math puzzles involving either fractions of frozen pizza or volumes of automotive liquids drained and replaced, determining their cardinal direction of travel after each turn while riding with him, learning manners, etiquette, and hygiene best practices, station wagon-loaded Astro Buddy ballpark excursions, and how to hang a towel so it will dry most efficiently, but the most often repeated grandchild remembrance is of “Mommom and Granddad always holding hands when walking together.”

Tim’s Catholic faith helped form the bedrock of his family, and his perennial involvement in parish activities set a wonderful example leading to many lifelong friendships. Through sacrifice, all his children attended Catholic schools through high school. At St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church he served as a lector and for over a decade Tim and LaRue helped run Sunday night bingo. As an almost-50 year parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, he enjoyed Bible studies and senior trips, and he is most recently recognized for the large family group he brings to Lenten fish dinners.

Tim loved the United States, never met a stranger, and in his civic life served as a Harris County Republican precinct chairman for 50 consecutive years, being recognized by GOPAC as the 2007 Texas Republican of the Year. His and neighborhood children logged countless miles in their precincts distributing political literature, outrunning dogs, and learning about democracy.

Historians have noted that the Greatest Generation gave us a world far better than they inherited. Tim did his part. May his life be an inspiration to all of us.

Tim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, LaRue, who died on November 4, 2012, his parents, and his siblings, Harold Brown Jr., Dean Brown, Jo Anne Garrett, and Bobbie Sissons.

He is survived by children Jim Brown and wife Jackie, grandchildren Karl Brown, Christopher Brown and wife Hannah, and great-grandchildren Emmeline, Abigail, and Isaiah Brown, and Stephen Brown and wife Kayce, and great-grandchildren Delton, Bella, and Owen Brown; Nancy Beste and husband Randy, grandchildren Michael Beste and wife Kristin, and great-granddaughters Olivia and Emily Beste, Allison and husband Tim Delagarza, and great-grandchildren Caroline, Jacob, and Grace Delagarza, Jessica and husband Luis Gamboa, and great-grandchildren Eva, Jillian, L.J., and Briar Gamboa, and Ashley and husband Travis Hofmeister, and great-grandchildren Mackaylin, Kyler, Brayden, and Dylan Hofmeister; Cindy Hotze and husband Jim, grandchildren Melissa Hotze, Margaret Anne and husband Brian Skaug, and great-grandchildren Matthew, Julia, Elaine, and Claire Skaug, Tim Hotze and wife Meredith, and great-grandchildren Olivia and George Hotze, William Hotze, Lorraine Hotze, and Theresa Hotze; Patty Brown; and Dan Brown and wife Natalie, and granddaughter Nicole Brown.

The Brown family thanks wonderful caregivers who helped make the last several years of Tim’s life so pleasant. They include Tia Thomas, Della Wheeler, Nicki Sample, Erica Ayeh, Jemima Nzambi, Renee Woods, and especially Lillie Bonner, who first helped care for LaRue, and for the last eight years, Tim.

A family-only Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, will be preceded at 12:30 p.m. by the Rosary. The Rosary and Mass will be livestreamed and archived at and on YouTube at

Tim’s family looks forward to welcoming extended family and friends to a Celebration of Tim’s Life and asks you to email to be kept abreast of plans for that special occasion.

Donations in Tim’s name can be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church or Amazing Place ( where Tim was among the eldest participants.


  • Michael Beste
  • Christopher Brown
  • Karl Brown
  • Stephen Brown
  • Tim Hotze
  • William Hotze


  • Private Family only Rosary and Mass - Live Stream

    Tuesday, 12 January , 2021



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Charlotte and Ken Hensley

14 January 2021

Oh, golly where do you begin to share memories of Mr. Brown as Leader Street neighbor. The kindness person and never without a smile. Tim was the night owl in the hood and was underneath his car or sometime our cars... Tim was always helping someone...The camping trips with our extended family and friends .Between Nash and Tim I couldn’t say which one taught the most kids to ski....We were all blessed to have lived on Leader and surrounding area..The sharing and caring for one another was phenomenal....When we would talk to Kathleen or Cleve they would say Tim was mighty fine ....And he always told you he was mighty fine when ask.....I would watch LaRue and Tim walk down Waldo to mass on Sunday arm in arm....Rest in peace sweethearts......

John Abbey

14 January 2021

I was fortunate enough to have grown up next door to Mr. Brown. As such, I had a bird’s eye view of his life. He is one of the most genuine, honest, trustworthy and forthright people I have known. He was truly a man of integrity and strong values. He touched my life and numerous other lives in a positive way. He had an insatiable thirst for learning and knowledge and he imparted that knowledge by teaching and helping others, including me. He lived a life of altruism and selflessness and never expected anything in return. He was always helping a family member, friend, neighbor and even strangers. I think he woke up every morning asking himself “who can I help today?” By any true measure of success, he reached the pinnacle of success. One only has to look at his life and his family legacy (i. e. his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren). He left an indelible mark on the world and the world is a better place because of Mr. Brown. He will be sorely missed by all who encountered him. My condolences to the entire Brown family. May perpetual light shine upon him dear Lord and may he rest in eternal happiness and peace.

Mary Jane Smith

12 January 2021

Tim Brown was a unfailing patriot and loved his country. I worked with Tim and LaRue on many Republican, conservative, Catholic and pro-life issues over many years. He was the kindest, most humble gentleman. May the Lord reward him richly for his dedication and love of LaRue, his family and America. God Bless you, friend.

Mary Jane B. Smith

Peggy O'Connor Van Kampen

11 January 2021

Mr. Brown taught me how to ski in his beautiful red boat! At the age of ten, I had the privilege of experiencing his precision training, always taught with clarity and a loving heart, along with a healthy dose of encouragement. I loved our camping trips with the families on Leader - the Youngs, the Hensleys and others. Mr. Brown left an impression on me at a young age and I'll remember his authentic smile, round glasses and brilliant mind. Peace to you all.

Pat Kerwin

10 January 2021

Tim and LaRue were beloved members of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. I cherish many wonderful memories of Tim. May he rest in eternal peace!

Joe and Cathy Woods

10 January 2021

Love this wonderful man and his beautiful family. Heaven will be a long hello.
Houston, TX