December 25, 1938 – March 19, 2020
Steven Bradshaw Brown was born to Jane Bradshaw Brown and George Hawley Brown on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1938 in Detroit, MI. At about age 9, Steve and his younger brother Keith moved with the family to Albuquerque, NM for the drier climate to help their father’s asthma. Steve attended the University of New Mexico for 1 year, then joined the Air Force as an engine mechanic from 1957-1961 at Travis Air Force Base in CA. He had a life-long fascination with aircraft, including hundreds of photographs he took (some used in publications) and an impressive airplane book collection. Next he returned to UNM to finish his accounting degree, and met his future wife Nancy Briggs who was teaching elementary school. They were married in June 1965 in Albuquerque. The couple relocated to the Bay Area in California, where Steve worked for the Kern County Land Co., and daughter Janet was born in 1968. After a transfer to Houston, TX, the couple settled in Greeley, CO where Steve worked for Hensel Phelps Construction Co. as an accountant. Twin daughters Diane and Marjorie were born in Greeley in 1970. The family enjoyed camping trips up the Poudre River where Steve loved to fish, and road trips to California, Albuquerque and Michigan- sometimes in old VW buses without air conditioning! Steve also enjoyed gardening and grew beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables. After a 31-year career at Hensel Phelps, Steve and Nancy retired to Green Valley, AZ where they enjoyed new friends and Steve volunteered at the Pima Air & Space Museum, in Tucson, AZ - a real highlight for him. Steve also volunteered for the Esperanza Estates HOA, keeping the neighborhood beautiful. He also continued his hobby of furniture making, using the local mesquite wood. His new Arizona nickname was “Stony” and he loved creating animals and scenes with rocks along the arroyo path behind their home. He always loved helping others and would find thoughtful ways to give assistance. Health issues brought the couple back to Broomfield, CO in 2012 to be closer to their daughters, and they were part of the Sunrise Senior Living community from 2012 to 2019. Steve developed his love of painting with the art classes there, continuing to express his artistic side. He also was an avid follower of politics and world events, and would often share articles from the New York Times or Economist with his friends. He taught his girls to pay attention to the larger world. Steve and Nancy have been members of either Presbyterian or Episcopalian churches throughout their 54 year marriage, and Steve loved his family (and dogs) very much. He is survived by his wife Nancy of Grand Junction; brother Keith (wife Deane) of Tulsa, OK; daughters Janet Cummings (husband Walter) of Grand Junction, Diane Brown and Marjorie Brown, both of Denver; and grandson Sam Cummings. Services will take place at a later date at Trinity Episcopal Church in Greeley, CO.
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March 23, 2020
So sorry to learn of Stoney’s passing. I think he worked harder than anyone in our entire subdivision to keep the area looking so nice. We all loved Stoney and his work here. He was such a friendly guy who would help anyone in need and I was proud to call him my friend. He left a legacy here in Arizona that we still talk about. I particularly remember how much he loved his dog, who I recall it was a Scottie named Duffy.
Just a wonderful guy who will be long remembered.
March 23, 2020
Dear Nancy and family, My heartfelt condolences to you........I just completed reading Steve’s obituary that was shared in our Esperanza Estates MMM. I will always remember Steve working on the dry riverbed behind our homes and the fascinating displays he created that always caught the interest of our residents along with the “snowbirds” that visited during the winter. God Bless you.
Eileen Stremme, your neighbor in Esperanza Estates 🇺🇸🙏
March 22, 2020
Steve was a good and kind man. He was a to-go guy here in Green Valley when one wanted reasoned and intelligent advice on most anything.
Rest in peace Steve.
March 20, 2020
Such a thoughtful & gentle man. I fondly recall Steve’s quiet manner & steadfast presence. Every single time the Brown family came to Aurora, Steve would ask my dad, “Do you need any projects done around the house, John?” Steve could fix anything!
My spirit sends much comfort to Marjorie, Diane & Janet. My heart is filled with sorrow for your loss & embraces you all with sincerity & warmth.
Hold yourselves gently. & please... if I can be of any support, in any way, please let me know.