Donald Gene Brown

March 26, 1933February 25, 2018

Gene Brown

Donald Gene Brown died February 25, 2018, at home in Castle Rock, Colorado, surrounded by family. Don was born to James Edward and Jewell Blackerby Brown near Colorado City, Texas, on March 26, 1933, and the family later settled in Salem, New Mexico, near Hatch. Even though both parents died when he was a teenager, Don graduated from Hatch Valley High School in 1952 and spent four years in the Air Force. He married Estelle Hartman, his wife of 56 years, and spent 38 years working for Farmer Brothers Coffee Company, living in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Don’s retirement years were spent being active with his family, his own lawn care business and his churches. After Estelle died in 2010, Don found a partner in Waverly Hanson of Castle Rock, and they were married in 2012. Donald was preceded in death by his wife Estelle, granddaughter Rebekah Jaquez, brother Ted Brown, and sisters Eddie Sanders, Allene Furr and Charlene Green. He is survived by his wife Waverly Hanson and her family: his sister Geraldine James and brother Jerry Brown; numerous nieces and nephews; his children Doris Brown, Ron Brown and wife Tina, and Sharri Brown Kremer; his grandchildren Dylan Jaquez, Nikki Jaquez Nicholson and her husband Grady, Josh and Monica Kremer, Meagan Kremer Gaetke and her husband Stephen, Seth Kremer, and Kelly Brown. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Korbyn Fuller; Keagan, Blake, Hannah, and Tyler Nicholson; Beckett and Vivian Gaetke; Keaton Carlson and Pierson Plowman.

In Lieu of flowers......Memorial gifts, if you wish, are very much appreciated and will go to Summit Church Outreach Ministries where it will be used for needs and eternal purposes that can last forever. Memorial gifts may be given online by visiting, and clicking online giving, which gives a couple secure options. Of course, cash or checks will work fine as well.


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Donald Gene Brown

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