Donald Alexander Brown

March 25, 1945April 9, 2021

Donald Alexander Brown, 76, of Coppell, Texas, passed away on April 9, 2021. Born on March 25, 1945, he was the son of Roderick Norman Brown and Mary Garland Jonas. Don lived a very active, full life, and was known for his positive attitude. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1967 where he played basketball and tennis. He had numerous professional careers including teaching high school chemistry, selling water treatment chemicals, real estate, and eventually he pursued his true passion, aviation. Don was a captain with U.S. Airways before he retired in 2005. After his retirement from U.S. Airways. Don flew corporate jets for Falwell Aviation in Lynchburg, Virginia, before moving to Coppell, Texas in 2012 to be closer to his daughter and grandson. After moving to Coppell, Don continued his aviation career as a flight instructor at CAE. At CAE, he was honored with the Circle of Excellence Award in 2019, an award recognizing excellence in flight instruction. He also was recently nominated for the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot’s Award, which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as Master Pilots. Don is survived by his wife Pamela Mason Brown, his daughter Kate Brown Warrington, grandson Trevor Allen Warrington, his siblings Peyton Garland Jonas and Beverly Deane O’Donnell (Michael O’Donnell), and his nieces and nephews Catherine O’Donnell, Jack O’Donnell, Lindsay Murphy, J.R. Murphy, and Rod “Rocky” Brown. He was preceded in death by his brother, Roderick Spencer Brown. The family would like to express immense gratitude to the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine who worked together to provide excellent care with compassion and empathy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Baylor, Scott, and White All Saints Health Foundation at


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May 6, 2021

Sad to hear of Don's passing while at the Lynchburg airport today. Don was one of the ground intructors in my private pilot ground school at Virginia aviation (LYH) spring of 2000. He further assisted me in Commercial, CFI, and multi engine work. Last time seeing Don was while attending an ATP/CTP course at CAE in Texas. Looked across the cafeteria and "hey, it's Don Brown. Go figure". Laughingly, I think he was more shocked to see me there, to be honest. Cheers Don Brown ! Sincerely, Ray Carroll ATP/CFII

Marco Ferraro

April 20, 2021

A great instructor, mentor and friend.
His positivity and energy was contagious till the last day at CAE.
Don will always be remembered for his contribution to Aviation with thousands of pilot trained, always with a great smile.

Don, you will be greatly missed.

Jonathan Fowler

April 19, 2021

I was shocked when my dad called me to tell me this terrible news. Don was my flight instructor back in 2000-2001 when I started working on my instrument rating at Virginia Aviation. He took me to Florida for my first visit to Sun N Fun in his turbo arrow. I "took him with me" the other day when I went to Sun N Fun 2021.

Just to sum it up to what kind of guy Don was:

Don help me with my passion to become an airline pilot. He was a wonderful person and an incredible pilot. I was furloughed last fall for a couple of months and reached out to Don to say hi (haven't talked to him in 9 years) and to see what he had been up to. Shockingly, I never knew he and Pam moved to Texas, where I had been living for the equal amount of time. I never requested help but right away he wanted me to come apply for a job at CAE to work with him. This is what kind of guy he was; selfless and always caring about others. Family was always first.

Needless to say I got my job back in December and didn't have to pursuit that route, but it was available if I needed it.

I'm a member of the Quiet Birdmen and I knew Don was too. I've already reached out to his keyman to give a final "gone west" for Don. He very well deserves it.

Blue skies and tailwinds my friend.

Jonathan Fowler
New York First Officer, A320, American Airlines

"For a friend and a comrade, whose memory is dear......" FLYING WEST ~ Captain Michael J. Larkin TWA(Ret)

Patsy and Frank Thomas

April 17, 2021

Pam,Katie, and Trevor, we are so sorry about the passing of Don! Special thoughts and prayers go to you. We have fond memories of you and the Harvey Family @ Ivy Hill.

Jeff Moore

April 17, 2021

Don was truly a great friend, with a unique personality. He was always optimistic, entertaining, and encouraging, and had a positive impact on all of us who worked around and with him.
He was also an athlete and a really good golfer, but I think his true sports-love was baseball, especially for the hated NY Yankees. Whenever they played, he would call or text (every text with a different animated GIF), or pull me aside to brag on his team, argue about a call in the game, quiz me about some arcane baseball rule, and (without fail) bet a dollar on the outcome. He always let me choose who would win and would have been a very rich man, had he ever collected.
My thoughts and prayers go to those he loved, and those of us who loved him. I will personally greatly miss his friendship and support here, but I look forward to seeing him again.

Jennifer Lent

April 16, 2021

Thinking of you, Katie, your Mom, and your family at this time. Our sincerest condolences.
-The Lent family

Jones Stanley

April 16, 2021

A dear friend, a great instructor, and professional pilot. I remember our landing at the golf course, near your house in a J3 Cub. Remember, I said “Are you really going to do this?” Yep, we did. Also, the brake failure on the Citation 1 in Texas. We had fun times I’ll never forget. Rest In Peace my dear friend and fellow pilot. We will miss you.


Larry Weatherford

April 15, 2021

I am deeply saddened to learn that my dear friend and airplane partner has passed away so suddenly. I offer my deepest sympathy to Pam and Kate at this time of great loss. Don and I were partners in a Piper Turbo Arrow IV (N8235V) for twenty years. Whenever possible, we flew together just for the joy of flying.

Don dearly loved Pam and Kate. Don and I flew to Williamsburg, VA, to Lexington, KY and to Philadelphia, PA so that Don could drive with Kate back to Lynchburg, VA. I flew the airplane back to Lynchburg alone. Don was a great aviator, my dearest friend and will be sadly missed.

John Benoist

April 15, 2021

Don was a pleasant conversation and always a happy person to be around. In retrospect, he will be dearly missed around our small CAE community, but sure fondly remembered to a larger group of family and friends. Rest in peace Don, keep on soaring amongst the angels of the world.

Susan McBride

April 15, 2021

Pam Katie and family. We were so saddened to learn of Don's passing. We extend our deep sympathy to your extended family. Don was such a fun loving guy. I remember him taking me up in a small plane. I was terrified but he was so cool!! Our those and prayers are with you. Love from the Mcbrides