William Major Brown

May 19, 1922May 1, 2014
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William Major "Bill" Brown, 91, of Phoenix, Arizona, was surrounded by his loving family as he joined his Father in Heaven on May 1, 2014. Bill was born on May 19, 1922, in Fisher County, Texas. He was raised on a farm during the Great Depression. He joined the Army in 1940 and fought in World War II in the Pacific Campaign with General MacArthur. He received a Purple Heart for injuries he received in the battle at Luzon. When Bill returned from the war he met and married his eternal companion, Patty June Wood. They were married on June 7th, 1946. Bill retired from duPont/Remington Arms where he sold guns and ammunition. He is an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a passion for his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandparent. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, camper and outdoorsman. He also loved to travel. Bill is survived by his wife June, his children: Paula (Mike), Merak (Karen), and Victoria (Floyd); grandchildren: Michael, Laura, Leticia, Tamara, Mathew, Lindsay and Lisa; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Emery Joe Brown (Glenna) of Phoenix, AZ; one sister-in-law Nicki Richardson (Rich) of Bellingham, WA and one brother-in-law Daniel A. Wood (Diane) of Benson, AZ. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, Monday, May 12th, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Country Gables Ward, 15001 N. 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, followed by interment at 12:30pm at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Flowers may be sent to A. L. Moore-Grimshaw, 710 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ.


  • Memorial Service Monday, May 12, 2014

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Virginia Brown-Horn

April 30, 2015

I loved the times spent with you and Aunt Patty June when you lived in California. I discovered your passing when I started doing my Family Tree and was sorry to hear but you had a wonderful life and I know mom and dad loved all the years their had with Pierre your poodle. God Bless Uncle and when the Lord calls me home I will see you again. Love Always Virginia Brown-Horn

May 12, 2014

Bill Brown was truly, an amazing man. From the life he lived, to the stories he told. He will truly be missed. My next cigar, Bill will most definitely be on my mind...

Jason, Conchita, & Jake

Nicki & Rich

May 12, 2014

Billy boy We love you and miss you so much.We will miss those good card games we shared,I"m sure we were ahead of our partners June & Rich.
Keep the cards warm We will be together again.
Love you Brother,Nicki & Rich

Rich Baldwin

May 12, 2014

To a true Patriarch - Bill Major Brown

A man who was tough as nails on one side and sweet at molasses on the other.

Thank you for your open arms into your wonderful family. I will never forget that and will always cherish our wonderful times together.

Rest in Peace Grandpa Bill ... you deserve it.


Lisa Sims

May 12, 2014

I miss the sound of my papa's voice so much. I miss hearing him say, "I need a lot of lovin' to get me through the weekend" when he would hug me so tight. I miss our daily phone calls and how he always made me laugh through the humorous nicknames he came up with for me.

He was the most amazing man I have ever known. He was charming, friendly, and kind. Everyone who met him was instantly drawn to him. He was a social butterfly and constantly made others smile.

He supported me and cheered me on wholeheartedly, no matter what. He always made me feel so special. I miss him more than words can say. I will miss him and think of him every day, always.

Michael & Hyon Ju Haight

May 11, 2014

Good bye grandpa. Have fun riding horses up there. We all miss you and love you.

Jude Valdez

May 11, 2014

Papa, I don't have very many words here, but your words are forever with me. You taught me so much with your love, forgiveness, wisdom, and many many hours of stories, that will pass on to my grand-kids. A stern handshake, a not so soft head butt & homemade ice cream are only a few but a bond with your son is one that I can only dream of. I promise to love and take care of Lindsay, Elle, Jack, and the entire family you have welcomed me into.


Lindsay Valdez

May 11, 2014

my papa wasn't only my grandfather, he was one of my very best friends. no one else i have ever known has loved life as much as this man. the countless hours i have spent throughout my life listening to him tell me stories and talk are priceless to me.

i miss him so much and i will miss him every second for the rest of my life...

Leticia Baldwin

May 11, 2014

My Grandfather has had such an amazing, loving impact my entire life. How blessed I am to have memories of a loving Grandfather teaching me to push my baby stroller, teaching me how to dance, teaching me how to drive, teaching me how to be a great listener, teaching me how to fish, just to name a few... Pappa was such an amazing teacher who was very patient and always loving.
I also have beautiful memories of childhood vacations, special unforgettable summers at Trout Haven with Grandma and Grandpa going to the health food store, Grandma giving us perms, drinking cold water from the faucet, roasting marshmellows, memories of my very first Christmas at Trout Haven, playing in the creek, playing in the tree house, having talks with Pappa on the rock, and many other lasting memories.
As I've grown up, I'm so blessed to have my Grandfather be an amazing Great Grandfather to my children. Our daughter, Bree has wonderful memories of talking about history, traveling around Pennsylvania, swimming in Arizona, and Rebecca loves talking about last summer and spending time with Grandpa and especially loves stories of how Grandpa would rock and dance with her for hours when she was a baby.
I will miss our phone calls Pappa! I will miss hearing you call me Tishie, darlin' and baby so very much. Thank you for always loving me unconditionally and always making me so very special. I am so thankful that you knew I loved you just the same, if not more....

Laura Brown-Lasconia

May 11, 2014

My grandfather was like a father to me. So much so that when I had the opportunity to change my last name, I changed it to Brown. I am so proud to carry the Brown name and proud to be his granddaughter. He helped raise me and guide me through so much of my life. When I look back through my life he is always there for so many key moments. It is the moments between just the two of us that I will cherish the most. My Grandpa helped me buy my first car, he gave me advise on so many life moments, he taught me so many important life lessons, he was there when I needed him, and he loved me unconditionally. So much of the happiness I have in my life and in my heart are because of this one man that I cherish so greatly. He made such an impact on my life and I'm forever grateful. I am so proud and honored to raise my son Gracen in the footsteps of my Grandpa. He taught me respect, loyalty, forgiveness, and work ethic. I once read a quote, "All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." My grandfather will forever be a part of me. I will miss him, I will love him, I will think of him and I will cherish him every single day for the rest of my life. I love you Grandpa. You are a part of my heart forever.
Love, Laura