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Ronald D. Brown

August 22, 1952May 12, 2018

Ron Brown, 65, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born to Winton and Martha Brown, the younger of two children. He graduated from the 25th Squadron of the Air Force Academy in 1974 and went on to have a 21 year career. He spent the majority of his career as an F-15 Eagle pilot and was stationed Germany, Korea, Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, Alabama, and Nevada. Ron married Tammie Carlin while they were both stationed in Bitburg, Germany and they raised a family of six children. Ron had various assignments including the Inspector General team, flight instructor in the T-37, and finally concluding his service as a Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the F-15 squadron of the Weapon School at Nellis AFB.

After retiring from the Air Force, Ron and his family moved to Colorado; he continued to fly as an airline pilot for FedEx. Ron was an active member of his local volunteer fire department, responding to emergencies and defending local homes from wildfires. He donated thousands of volunteer hours to the Pueblo County 4-H Youth Development Program, supporting his children’s projects and the county Shooting Sports program. Faith and family were the cornerstones of Ron’s life and he was truly devoted to both. He was blessed to see the marriage of two of his children as well as the birth of three grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Tammie, sister Marci, children Nicholas, Matthew (wife Catherine), Jeffrey, Hillary (husband Justin), Jared, and Garrett, and grandchildren Aubrie, Ryleigh, and Bastien.

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Dave Hoglund

May 26, 2018

To me Ron was a spectacular officer, pilot, and friend. He will be missed by many.

I have not seen Ron since 1983 at Bitburg AB Germany, celebrating as a newly wed, little knowing he would be a Daddy of six! As expected, he excelled as an F15 pilot and continued in a great career. (BTW I'm still jealous of his Weapons School command and Fed Ex chops!).

We first meet in Electrical Engineering class. Like most students studying for any engineer degree, we often trudged out of class, shaking our heads, hoping that some day, we would understand the use and reason for all the complex theory. By chance (a stochastic process) we sat next to each other in our intro EE class and we shared a lab bench and equipment for the duration. He was a great, humble, helpful friend... and he avoided the loud-mouthed, ego-centric fighter pilot mode. After graduation we rejoined at Randolph AFB attending the T-37 Instructor course. This was the not the choice Air Force assignment new pilots lusted for, but this was the period of the Viet Nam wind-down, and we soldier on, kind of like being an engineering major! And to our delight, we next met at F-15 training at a Luke AFB in 1980.

As a cadet, Ron tried out for the freshman cross country team, I made the team and Ron quickly branched into other activities. But he always asked about the teams exploits (underwhelming, as I watching Frank Shorter and Steve Prefontaine from behind!), throughout the US. So in April of 1980 Luke AFB had a Friday afternoon Field Day. We both sign up for the 1 mile run. Several young airmen were there, but after a lap we were neck and neck and the only competitors. Well he got his revenge, and bested me in the final stretch. I'll save my excuses or another forum.

My memory of Ron will always be one of a young, strong, lean, trained, dedicated, helpful friend. I praise our Creator for having known such an outstanding America, and wish God's blessings on all who share his remembrance.

SCOTT MCLAUTHLIN

May 17, 2018

I’ve known Ron Brown since 1971 when we both moved in together to 25th Squadron at the Air Force Academy. We were also stationed together in the late 1970s in Del Rio, Texas where Ron taught me sailing on Lake Amistad as his crewmember on his Ranger sailboat. My wife, Mickey, and I and even our cocker spaniel, Nicolas, spent many happy hours with Ron on Lake Amistad.

I have webbed toes. The second and third toes on both my feet are webbed together, but most noticeably on my right foot where the toes are connected almost to the nails.

At the beginning of our sophomore (Third Class) year, my class moved from our “Doolie” (freshman) squadrons to our “Upper Class” squadrons where we would remain through graduation. My new squadron was “25 Redeye”. A few of us moving into 25th Squadron already knew each other. Verle Johnston was one of my new Squadron mates I’d gotten to know our Doolie year. As we unpacked in our new rooms, Verle stopped by my room and said, “Scott, I want to show you something really different about my roommate.” We walked to Verle’s room where Verle’s new roommate, Ron Brown, was unpacking his things. “Ron, take off your shoes and socks,” Verle directed. Ron complied, revealing his right foot with his second and third toes webbed together! Smiling, I took off my right shoe and sock and showed both Verle and Ron my foot with identical webbed toes to Ron’s. “Maybe you’re the odd one here,” I said to Verle.

In 1982 I was privileged to be the Best Man at Ron’s wedding. For my toast to Ron and his new wife, Tammie, I told our “Webbed Toes” story, and raised my glass saying, “May they always stick together like webbed toes!” They definitely have!

Tom Sheppard

May 16, 2018

I have the highest respect for Mr. Brown. I could always count on his opinion and the information he would give. He was a strong family man and loved them dearly. Very devoted to any project he took on. I will miss him very much. Another good person this world has lost. Thank you Brown family for giving Ron and your family to the Sheppard family.

FROM THE FAMILY