Arthur M. Brown

January 29, 1926July 24, 2013

Arthur Mapes Brown died peacefully in his sleep in Austin, TX on July 24, 2013, at the age of 87.

Born in Corpus Christi and raised in San Antonio, TX, Art attended Central Catholic High School. After graduation, he went on to serve in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War, and honed his legendary poker skills along the way. He married the love of his life, Loretta, in 1950, and went on to have two sons and five daughters, raised in Austin, TX. Art was a successful realtor for over 50 years, starting with NPC and ending his career with JB Goodwin at the age of 80. He was a devout Catholic, and loved singing in the church choir and serving in the Knights of Columbus. Art was also an avid card-player, sharp dresser, and enthusiastic sports fan.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Art is survived by his wife of 63 years, Loretta Eyhorn Brown, and his seven children: Terry Bruegging and husband Mike, Earl Brown, Paul Brown, Robin Evans and husband Jim, Donna Miller and husband Rodger, Julie Beach and husband Paul, Marcy Bethke and husband David. His twelve grandchildren include Michelle Sage, Ryan Bruegging, Amanda Bruegging, Shanna Grote, Lacey McCabe, Chris Evans, Clint Evans, Cameron Miller, Jenna Miller, Skylar Beach, Makayla Beach, and Emma Bethke; as well as six great-grandchildren who all love their Papa. Art also leaves behind the cherished younger siblings he grew up with, J.A. “Biddie” Brown, and Mary Jane Brown Schneider; as well as the dear siblings he was blessed to welcome into his family later in life, Patsy, Mary Ester, Rudy, and Armando Caceres, and their spouses.

A visitation was held on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks in Pflugerville, the Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Pflugerville. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Catholic High School, 1403 N. St. Mary’s, San Antonio, TX 78215, or the Knights of Columbus at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 1520 N. Railroad Ave., Pflugerville, TX 78660.

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  • Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Rosary Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 26, 2013

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August 5, 2013

Loretta & Family,
I was so saddened to hear of Art's passing.
In the short time that I had come to know him, Art was so warm, welcoming, and had wonderful stories to tell. The way he befriended my sweet brother Robbie was so heartwarming. Robbie was blessed to have him as a roommate and friend. My sympathies to you all, may God bring you peace along with wonderful memories of such a terrific man.
God bless you,
Marlene, Robbie, and the Hello Family.

Diann McCabe

August 1, 2013

Terry and I send our condolences to the wonderful Brown family.

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

July 30, 2013

Thank you, Art, for your service to our country.

Fr. Tom Frank

July 29, 2013

Loretta & Family, I was on the coast for a couple of days and returned Friday evening and saw the announcement in Friday's newspaper. Arthur was a fine man and I always enjoyed talking to him. He was a great supporter of both Sacred Heart and St. Elizabeth's. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
Fr. Tom Frank
San José-Austin

Tish Darey

July 27, 2013

I truly loved Art, and enjoyed getting to know Loretta on a trip we took to Las Vegas together. Individually and as a couple they have been an inspiration personally and professionally. I wish I could have been at the service but was out of town with my family. Blessings Always!

Mary Ann Castro

July 27, 2013

I just heard, I was out of town. So very sorry to hear. He was on my mind just a few weeks ago. I've been with the company 18 yrs, so I remember him fondly. I looked forward to his morning hug hello! He will always be remembered.

Tim Stuntz

July 26, 2013

I worked with Art at JB Goodwin through most of the 90's and all the way to 2007. He was my mentor, historian, coach and most of all a friend.
I can't tell you the number of times Art would hold court at the office telling us stories of real estate history of Austin and surrounding areas.

Some of my fondest memories were Art taking the agents to the Dart Bowling alley for Mexican food on their birthdays.

He meant so much to so many it is hard to list all the contributions he made during my time with him.

He was loved and I will miss him but he lives on in our memories!

Joe Blair

July 26, 2013

I have fond memories of listening to Art sing at Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart Church when he and my Dad were in the choir there. It was always a pleasure to hear one of his solos! My deepest condolences to the entire Brown family.

July 26, 2013

Art was one of my mentors when I joined JB Goodwin Realtors almost 20 years ago. He was a tremendous help in developing agents that wanted to help people. He always put his family first. He will be missed.

Ron Mason JBG

Tina Reeves

July 26, 2013

RIP. My houghts and prayers are with all the family.