Lewis James Brown – St George News
April 6, 1929 – October 27, 2021
Lewis James Brown, 92, died on October 27, 2021 in St. George, Utah. He was born on April 6, 1929 in Mt. Trumbull, Arizona, to Arthur Alexander Brown and Cora Etta Van Leuven. He met Betty Ruth Owens in St. George, Utah, and they were married on July 7, 1950 in the St. George Temple of Latter-day Saints Church of Jesus Christ.
Lewis lived in Mt. Trumbull, Arizona until the very end of his family move to Hurricane, Utah, at the age of 7. He served in many Church callings, but the one he loved most was working with the youth as a Varsity Scout Trainer. Lewis and Betty served on missions at Cove Fort, Utah.
He was an accomplished bricklayer and enjoyed being a pilot. He took part in church, city and university sports, directed and directed them. He won the 2013 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in his division and was inducted into the Utah Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame in 2016.
Lewis was larger than life. You could trust your word and your handshake. He would give the shirt off a stranger’s back. He never held a grudge against anyone and everyone was welcome in his home, where there was a bed and a meal for everyone!
We imagine he is collecting wood and making a crackling fire with all his friends and relatives who have been to a beautiful mountain before, hitting horseshoes or dropping a fishing line to catch a mountain trout. He loved his family dearly and was never happier than playing games like Rummikub or Farkle with them.
Lewis leaves behind his children: Kenneth Brown of Carson City, Nevada; Sheila Deuley (William) of St. George, Utah; Mary Brown of Heber City, Utah; Richard Brown of St. George, Utah; Connie Larson (Steven) of St. George, Utah; Carol Vestal (Michael) from Parker, Colorado; Dorothy Nuttall (Lee) of St. George, Utah; Joseph Brown (Hilary) of North Ogden, Utah; Danelle Boxberger (Garrick) from Surprise, Arizona and Jacque Cannon from Las Vegas, Nevada; his 33 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law Lenore Brown and Ruth Owens White.
In death he went to his loving wife Betty Ruth Owens, his parents and siblings Pearl Stout (Lavon), Dorothy Smith (Glenn), Mildred Thacke (Dan), Don Brown (Elsie), Gene Brown (Esther), Sidney. ahead of Brown and all of his friends … he was literally the last man standing.
The family thanks the staff at Encompass Health for their kind support in our need.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 591 W. 500 N., St. George, Utah. Friends and family can visit Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, Thursday, November 4th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, November 5th, 9:00 am: Call the chapel from 30 to 10:30 a.m. shortly before the funeral. The funeral will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the Panguitch, Utah cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454.
Friends and family are invited to sign Lewis’ guestbook www.spilsburymortuary.com.
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