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Dennis Ruel Brown

Dennis Ruel Brown

Male 1944 - 2010  (66 years)

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  • Name Dennis Ruel Brown 
    Born 15 Feb 1944  Malad, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Sep 2010  Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Dennis Ruel Brown, 66, finished his work on earth Wednesday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. He died as he lived -- working hard in the service of others. Dennis suffered a heart attack while helping one of his sons re-plumb his house in Tonica, Illinois.
      Dennis was born on Feb. 15, 1944 in Malad, Idaho, to Leo and Leora Brown. He spent his childhood milking cows, raising grain, fixing machines, wrestling and playing football. He enjoyed good relationships with his three brothers and one sister. He also was always a proud son and loved his parents very much. Though he wasn't a stranger to trouble as a young man, his sense of right and wrong was always strong and bright. He served a 21/2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile, and while there, he taught and baptized many people.
      Once home from his mission, Dennis enrolled at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, in 1967 and there met Laurie Sheffield. The two met in September, became engaged in October and were married in November in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. This swift beginning led to a nearly 44-year marriage that produced four sons, four daughters-in-law and 13 grandchildren.
      Except for a brief time working in the insurance industry, Dennis spent his entire professional career as a banker. Though he spent a good portion of those years in managerial and leadership positions, he was at his best as a loan officer, helping farmers and small-business owners in southeastern Idaho. Dennis was regularly recognized for his diligence and determination in doing the best job possible for people. In his career, he worked for First Security Bank, West One Bank, U.S. Bank, and, most recently, Zion's Bank.
      Dennis also had a distinguished career in the United States National Guard. Enlisting in 1969, he was commissioned as an officer in 1970. His primary specialty was in logistics and he was awarded commendations for his abilities to plan and execute the movements and organization of hundreds of men and thousands of tons of equipment and food. Dennis always took great pride in his military service and in the experiences and friendships it brought him. He retired as a major after nearly 30 years in the Guard.
      Though he had many accomplishments as a businessman and a soldier, Dennis Brown's greatest source of satisfaction in life was his family. He was devoted to his wife, Laurie, and never spared any effort or expense to make her comfortable and happy. He often remarked privately that he felt had "married up" and was lucky to be married to such a good woman.
      He was deeply proud of each of his sons and considered them his best friends. Each new daughter-in-law brought him a new friendship and a new opponent in games like Monopoly and Acquire. As tough-minded and rough as Dennis could be, he was at his most tender and loving with his grandchildren. Each of his 13 grandchildren spent time balanced on his knee while he kissed his or her bald head, saying, "You are the best baby in the world. Yes, you are." In addition to his missionary service as a young man, Dennis served in Elders Quorum presidencies, High Priest Group leadership, as a home teacher, as a ward clerk, as a Sunday school teacher and as the instructor of a class on financial health.
      Dennis rarely did things for himself. His main hobby was visiting his children and helping repair and improve their houses and their cars. He enjoyed mowing his neighbors' lawns and snow-blowing their sidewalks. He rarely waited to be asked to serve others, but instead simply did what needed to be done without waiting around for praise, thanks, or recognition. He was the very best of men. Those who knew him will miss him profoundly.
      Dennis is survived by his wife, Laurie; and his four sons, Jason (Mindy), Mark (Suzanne), David (Melanie) and Daniel (Shalee). His grandchildren are Dylan, Megan, Kate, Jonah, Maryn, Avery, Parker, Brianna, Kyle, Kameron, Naomi, Hadley and Blake.
      Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Leo; and his younger brother, Roy.
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    Person ID I7477  Henry Grow Family
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2012 

    Family Laurel Gwen Sheffield,   b. 7 Jul 1947, Provo, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 2011, Rigby, Jefferson, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1966  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 22 May 2012 
    Family ID F2400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Feb 1944 - Malad, Idaho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Nov 1966 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Sep 2010 - Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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